The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy

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Reverend Gordon Craig

Rev Gordon Craig (Chaplain)

Rev Gordon Craig (Chaplain)

The Reverend Gordon Craig is the current Chaplain to the UK Oil and Gas Industry and was appointed in Aug 2012.

He was ordained as a Church of Scotland Minister in 1988 and began a 24yr career as a RAF Chaplain in April of that year. As a RAF Chaplain he served far and wide on both front line and training establishments. His first posting was to RAF Marham in Norfolk, home of two Tornado squadrons and a Victor air to air refuelling squadron. His last tour was Principal of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, Amport House, which trains chaplains from all three Services and 'soft skills' to military personnel. Amport House trains Family Visiting Officers to prepare them for their role in supporting bereaved Service families. In between these tours Gordon served the length and breadth of the UK as well as Germany, the Falklands, Italy, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Gordon is married to Rhona, a primary school teacher, they have three children.

Reverend Dr Ian McLean

Reverend Dr Ian McLean

Reverend Dr Ian McLean

The Reverend Dr Ian McLean provides support to the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy as the Assistant Chaplain, a role which he has fulfilled since 2009. Dr McLean was born in Aberdeen but spent his teenage years in Edinburgh where he graduated from the University of Edinburgh before being ordained as a Minister of the Church of Scotland. For over 25years he was Minister of Summerhill Parish Church in Aberdeen, serving for a time as Clerk to the Presbytery. During these years he came into contact with many in the oil and gas industry and has also shared the ups and downs of everyday life with people from every walk of life. In 2008 he moved to Montrose to become Minister of Montrose Old and St Andrew's. He served for 10 years in the Royal Naval Reserve, mainly on mine hunters in the North Sea, all around Scotland and as far as the Mediterranean. Following part time study, Ian graduated Doctor of Ministry in 2006.

Ian is married to Elaine, who works in the Oil and Gas Industry. They have two children. Ian has long been a rugby referee and continues his interest as one of the Scottish Rugby Union's referee coaches.

Lynne de Boer - Chaplaincy Administrator

Lynne de Boer - Chaplaincy Administrator

Lynne de Boer
Chaplaincy Administrator

Lynne de Boer was appointed as Chaplaincy Administrator in June 2011. Lynne was born and brought up in Perthshire and moved to Aberdeen in her early twenties. Her husband's work with Shell took her around the world including Brunei, Oman and The Netherlands before settling down in Aberdeen. She has worked as a secretary with several legal firms in the city and considers it a privilege to work in the environment of the Oil and Gas Industry's Chaplaincy. Lynne has two children.