Our Team

Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church are very fortunate in being blessed with a great team who give so much of their skills and time to the well being of the Church, congregation and community.
Find out more below about

Our Team

Our Elders

Our Main Church Groups


Dr . Kay F. Gauld BD STM Ph.D
Minister at Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church of Scotland

Dr. Kay F. Gauld has been Minister since August 2015. Her Induction was attended by Rev. Ian Paterson (retired minister of St. Michael’s Linlithgow and Queen’s Chaplain); Rev. Sarah Murray (Episcopal priest at Inverness Cathedral); Rev. Bob Anderson (minister of Knockando, Elchies and Archistown linked with Rothes); Rev. Hutton Steel (minister of High Hilton, Aberdeen).

The minister is a member of the Chaplaincy Team at Insch, Premnay and Oyne Schools. She is also the Padre for ATC Squadron 1298.

The minister is a founder member of Keith Community Radio in 1997. She broadcasts a monthly programme on the second Tuesday of the month called “Hae the kettle on the bile!” Although she resigned as Religious Co-ordinator of the radio on moving to Insch, she continues to contribute to “Revving up on Mondays”, a weekly broadcast at 7pm. 


Mrs. Susan Donald
Clerk to the Board
Session Clerk

Susan Donald became Clerk to the Board in March 2004, was ordained as an Elder in January 2005 and “made” Session Clerk on 17 June 2014! She is also the editor of the church newsletter and a fantastic baker for all church events.


Tom Aitken
Presbytery Elder
Church Elder
Joint Leader of Bible Study

Tom and Angela have lived in Insch for nineteen years and initiated the Bible Study Group in 2014. Despite being busy people they are both very active in the church where Tom is an Elder as well as being our sound system expert.


Mrs. Sheila Byham
Free Will Offering Convener

Sheila has been our hard working Free Will Offering Convener for many years She can be contacted on 01464 831645..


Iain Mitchell
Property Convener

Iain and his family have lived in Insch for 15 years. He is our hall keeper and looks after the bookings as well as setting it all out for the groups which use it.

Iain likes to go walking and cycling. He is also a thespian and had two parts in the first Production of the church’s “A Tale o Twa Skweels!” He plays a teacher in Act One and a school boy in Act Two!


Mrs. Angela Aitken
Church Elder
Joint Leader of Bible Study
Guitarist in the Church Band

Tom and Angela have lived in Insch for nineteen years and initiated the Bible Study Group in 2014. Despite being busy people they are both very active in the church. Angela is an Elder. Angela plays the guitar in the band and is an accomplished singer.


Mrs. Margaret Mack
Church Elder
Flower Convener

Margaret joined Insch church in January 1969, at the young age of 27. She was a Guild member and very soon became involved in the Junior Sunday School.

Margaret and her husband John ran the Youth Fellowship in their home. In 1974 they moved to Auchleven and joined Premnay Church. Margaret helped to run the Sunday School with the late Mrs Marjorie Thomson, the wife of Leslie elder Mr William Thomson. Margaret served at least two periods as Guild President at Premnay.

After the Union with Insch in 1984, she eventually became Sunday School Superintendent and had another two periods as Guild President. She remained a committee member until a few years ago. Margaret was ordained as an elder in the late 80's. She joined the Insch Church choir.

About ten years ago Margaret took over the post of Flower Convenor from Miss Edith Downie. After her retiral from the post of Head Teacher at Premnay Primary, Margaret joined the Sunday School rota of helpers. She also became responsible for Child protection until the early 90s.

Margaret, in her spare time (!) completed the TLS course (Teaching, Learning and Serving) run by St Colm's College, Edinburgh, under the local guidance of Mrs M. MacDonald, Maryhill. It was an experience which Margaret found memorable and worthwhile.  


Mrs. Frances Mitchell
Keyboard player in the Church Band

Frances became the Church organist in 2000 and is well known in the area for playing Scottish Music and reciting Doric poems. Frances also organises, with friends, an annual Old Time Dance with the proceeds going to a different charity each year. In 2016 the church spire fund benefitted from the dance by almost £2,000. Frances is pictured with her husband Bill.

They celebrated their Golden Wedding in July 2017.


Mrs Diane McCallum
Church Beadle

The Beadle can be contacted on 07828 456651


Mrs. Margaret Laing
Stewardship Convener

Margaret was Session Clerk until 17 June 2014 and is now the contact person for the Stewardship Committee and the Guild on 01464 820639.


Mrs. Anne Campbell
Church Elder
Christian Aid Organiser

Anne has been an elder for thirty years; she has been actively involved with Christian Aid for as long as she can remember, and is still serving on the committee having stepped down as Convenor last year . She has organised the door to door collections in Insch for at least seventeen years and perhaps more! (Margaret Mack has organised the collection in Premnay for many years.)

As Christian Aid had a drop of one and a half million in donations last year, she is hoping that this year people will open their hearts and donate to Christian Aid which helps millions of refugees and poor people all over the world. If every household in our parish gave a couple of pounds, this would make a huge difference to many lives.

We can only hope and pray that people will respond and love their neighbour through the work of Christian Aid. 


Rev. A Grainer Stoddart
Retired Minister

A member of the congregation and supporter of the ministry. Always willing to help our Minster on a regular basis.


Rev. John Mack
Retired Minister

A member of the congregation and supporter of the ministry. Always willing to help our Minster on a regular basis.


Coffee Morning Team

The monthly coffee morning ladies are Mrs Sheila Harper on the left and Mrs Madge Forsyth on the right. Pat Duncan is also one of the team.

Our Elders

Use the table below to find the Elder for your street. In browser click on the table head to sort the table, use search to filter the table.

District No. of Households Streets Elders
A29Drumrossie Homes Site
Scotia Homes Site
Denwell Road
Dunchavin Cottages
Market Square
Esther Mitchell
Liz Pearman
B28Market Street
High Street
Beechcroft Terrace
Mayfield Gardens
Mayfield Terrace
Pat Duncan 
Diane McCallum
C17Foudland CourtMoira Thom
D37Foudland Crescent 
Golf Terrace 
Dunnydeer Park
Bill Davidson 
Madge Forsyth
E27Church Avenue 
Church Street 
Church Terrace 
Russell Street 
Valentine Rise
Marion McCallum
F40Dunnydeer View 
Western Road
Margaret Laing
G18Alexander Street 
George Street 
Martin Road 
Rannes Street
Jane Reid
H47Dunnydeer Gardens 
Somerset Crescent 
Victoria Street 
Charles Street 
Commerce Street 
Western Cottages 
Tyrie Gardens
Susan Donald 
Linda Harper
I27Commercial Road 
North Road 
Old Mart Site 
The Rowans 
South Road 
New Beechcroft 
Sheila Harper 
Davy Laing 
Bill Young
Anne Campbell 
Allan Moir
K23Premnay (Village & Rural)
Leslie (Village)
Margaret Mack 
Moira Thom
L27Leslie (Rural) 
Sheila Byham 
William Thomson
M19Murrial to Overhall 
Mains of Overhall to Old Rayne
Gillian Mackie
O19Oyne (Village & Rural) 
Kirton of Oyne
Angela Aitken 
Tom Aitken
P20PostalGillian Mackie

Main Church Groups

Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church and its congegation have number of active groups, details of which are provided below.  
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Group Convener or Focal Point Contact No. Notes
Kirk Session
Congregational Board
Property CommitteeIain Mitchell01464 820691
Stewardship CommitteeMargaret Laing01464 820639 
Christian Aid CommitteeDr . Kay F. Gauld01464 820404
Sunday ClubDiane McCallum
ChoirFrances Mitchell01464 820964
Church Band Dr . Kay F. Gauld01464 820404All are welcome to bring an instrument.
The GuildAll members act as conveners.
Everyone is welcome to join us.
Work PartyPat Duncan01464 820711
Bible StudyTom Aitken01464 821221
The Production Drama GroupDr. Kay F. Gauld01464 820404A group for all ages which will put on a full production.
Performances are on a specially built stage in Insch Church.


The Manse
66, Denwell Road
Insch AB52 6LH


Email: KGauld@churchofscotland.org.uk

Alternative Email: 
Phone: +44 (0)1464 820404          


Presbytery of North east and Northern Isles
Church of Scotland 


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