People & Contacts

The Bishop

St. Ninian’s Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, at present the Most Revd David Chillingworth. Bishop David was elected as Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church in June 2009. To read Bishop David’s views and comments click on

As the Bishop tends his Diocese the Cathedral continues to be a place of worship and is administered by the Provost assisted by a varied Clergy and Lay Ministry Team.

The Provost

The Very Revd Hunter Buchanan Farquharson has been in post since 1999, before which he was team Rector to the Central Fife Group and then the West Fife Team. Appointed by the Bishop and Cathedral Vestry, he has overall responsibility for the pastoral care of his charge. The Provost convenes vestry meetings and is chaplain to local hospitals and St Ninians Episcopal Primary School.

The Clergy and Lay Ministry Team.

assisting clergy in the Cathedral are the Rev’d Celia Matthews, Rev’d Alan Prett, Rev Richard Sutton and Rev’d Geoffrey Hall.

Lay Ministry and Pastoral Visiting Team

Lay people have always played an important role at St. Ninian’s. Some of the lay team have been licensed by the Bishop to take Holy Communion to the sick and frail at home, which allows those unable to travel to church to keep in contact with Cathedral life. Other members of the lay team participate in the taking of daily Offices, flower arranging, reading and leading intercessions at Sunday worship, welcoming visitors to the Cathedral, and assisting at local community events.

The Sacristans

There are a team of sacristans at St Ninian’s responsible for laying out the vestments for the different services, polishing the brass and silverware and for changing the colour of the altar frontals, in accordance with the Church’s seasons. The vestments and vessels are kept in a dedicated room called the Sacristry, where the clergy and servers robe before the services.

The Servers

The Cathedral servers, have the privilege of ministering in the Sanctuary, assisting the clergy during services. The five servers present at the 11am Eucharist ensure that the service is enriched by various ceremonial traditions to enhance the worship of God. These practices aim to incorporate the celebration of the senses and include the use of colourful and beautiful vestments, bells and candles. On festal occasions, such as Christmas and Easter, incense is used. St Ninian’s servers are affiliated to the wider church as members of the Scottish Guild of Servers.


Stella Cranwell, the Cathedral Treasurer, is responsible for covenants and stewardship. There are several exciting projects currently being developed at the Cathedral and any donations, however large or small, are always received with gratitude and put to good use.


Cathedral office administrator

Sue Cameron is responsible for administration of the Cathedral office, which is open most mornings until 1 pm. Sue is happy to answer any questions about the Cathedral and its services by phone, letter or email. If necessary she will refer your queries to another member of the Cathedral team.

Bookings and room hire

Sue can also provide advice about the availability and cost of the various Cathedral rooms and facilities. Any bookings made must be confirmed in writing with an agreed deposit before the booking can be secured.

Cathedral contact details

Address: St Ninian’s Cathedral North Methven Street Perth PH1 5PP

Telephone: 01738 632053

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