A FORMER midwife is the new Kirk minister for Selkirk and Ashkirk.
The Rev Margaret Steele, who hails from Turriff in Aberdeenshire, will be officially inducted at Selkirk Parish Church on Friday, September 30.
Miss Steele, 53, will takes over the permanent post which was vacated by Jim Campbell who left for a parish in Fife last summer.
Since then, worship has been led by locum minister the Rev Tom Hogg.
Miss Steele, who has been the minister of Uphall South near Broxburn in West Lothian for the past 11 years, said she was relishing her new role.
She said: “I have been very happy in my present job and will miss it very much, but I know that God is calling me to Selkirk and Ashkirk.
“It is a beautiful part of the country and I have been made to feel very welcome. I can’t wait to start getting to know everyone and working with the community.”
Miss Steele did her general nursing training in Edinburgh and spent 10 years as a midwife in Dumfries and another six in Perth before studying for the ministry at New College, Edinburgh, and graduating as a Bachelor of Divinity.
She served her probationary period at Scone Old Parish Church and was assistant minister at Perth’s North Church before becoming parish minister at Uphall South in May, 2000.