Chaplain to the University
Reverend Dr. Carolyn Kelly
Telephone: +44 (0) 141 330 4160
Carolyn has recently been appointed Chaplain to the University, having arrived from New Zealand, where she led the chaplaincy team at the University of Auckland and was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. Her academic studies have included geography, literature, and divinity in which she completed a PhD at the University of Aberdeen. With three children now grown and spread across the world, she lives with her husband in Glasgow and is looking forward to exploring the crannies of this city and the wild places beyond.
Mrs Joan Keenan
Telephone: +44 (0) 141 330 5419
Life Events Managers (Weddings, Civil Partnerships, Baptisms, Funerals and Memorial Services)
Dr Rebecca Robinson and Mrs Carol Wallace
For all enquiries about weddings and other life events please please complete the enquiry form.
Honorary Chaplaincy Staff
Kevin is a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church and Rector of St Bride’s, Hyndland; formerly taught Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences and was Academic Coordinator for the Access programme in the Centre for Open Studies.
Honorary Church of Scotland Chaplain
Reverend Dr Roger Sturrock
Telephone:+44 (0) 141 339 0454
Roger Sturrock has held the McLeod/Arthritis and Rheumatism Council Chair of Rheumatology since 1990. Upon retirement, he obtained a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Glasgow and was ordained in June of 2014. He is currently assistant minister in the Wellington Church which hopes to serve as the Church of Scotland Chaplaincy for the University of Glasgow, working with students in a variety of ways, and assisting in the development of provision for them.
Honorary Assistant Church of Scotland Chaplain
Reverend Elizabeth Johnson Blythe
Liz grew up in Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin. After University Liz worked for two years before attending Princeton Theological Seminary where she earned a Masters of Divinity. After graduation, Liz was minister of two churches (in Baltimore, MD then Morris Plains, NJ) before moving with her family to Glasgow. Currently, Liz is locum minister at Wellington Church where she works in the local primary and high schools and with University students.
Honorary Hindu Chaplain
Mr. Srihari Vallabhajousula
Mobile: +44 (0) 7801656731
Srihari volunteers as a priest at the Hindu Temple of Scotland and works as a surgeon in the NHS. He loves to cycle to raise funds for local charitable causes. Srihari is delighted to be part of the Interfaith Chaplaincy team and serves people of all faiths or none.
Honorary Humanist Chaplain
Mobile: +44 (0) 783 636 6291
Honorary Chaplain to the University since 2005 offering pastoral care and support to the whole university community from a Humanist perspective. Humanist Society Scotland Celebrant for over 19 years. Mandy has a background and wide experience in Social Work; Personal, Group, Organisational and Community Development; the Arts; promoting Equality, Diversity and Interfaith relations; and Environmental Activism.
Honorary Jewish Chaplains
Rabbi Aharon Lemberger
Mobile: +44(0) 07791 292 790
Mobile: +44(0) 07817 250 732
Hodaya and Rabbi Aharon both grew up in Israel. After her national service volunteering in high schools, Hodaya, studied Psychology and Communications at University where she qualified as a teacher for children with special needs. Prior to embarking on a law degree, Rabbi Aharon completed his draft and national service, after which he spent time studying in seminary towards his rabbinic ordination, then going on to practising law at Israel's Ministry of Justice. Throughout this time the Lembergers have been involved in community building and informal education.
Hodaya and Aharon now live in Scotland and have three children. They are excited to meet and get to know Scotland's Jewish Students and hear their thoughts on Judaism and Jewish identity over some kosher food!
Honorary LGBTQ+ Chaplain
Rev Linda Haggerstone
Mobile : +44 (0) 07585 852 627
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
I‘m part of the LGBTQ+ community and a person of faith. I usually describe myself as a Christo-Pagan Druid, but my faith lies beyond such specific boundaries, being intersectional, open-hearted and inclusive in both focus and character. I hope to lead by example whenever possible and provide a visible presence for others in my community.
Honorary Muslim Chaplain
Mobile: +44 (0) 788 622 1334
Shoket is a Youth worker, concentrating on young offenders. Shoket’s studies took him to Saudi Arabia, France and the UK.
Fr Ross is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow; he was Ordained in 2010 and has served as Parish Priest of Turnbull Hall and Honorary Roman Catholic Chaplain to the University of Glasgow since 2014. Fr Ross is an alumnus of the University.
Honorary Sikh Chaplain
Ravinder Kaur Nijjar
Telephone: +44 (0) 141 330 5419
Ravinder Kaur Nijjar is the Chair of Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network, member of RfP International Women’s Coordinating Committee for the Global Women of Faith Network. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Dharmic Faiths UK, Patron of Alma Royalton Kisch Inter Faith Youth Trust (London) and member of Scottish Religious Leaders Forum and Interfaith Scotland. She is an experienced educationalist who has taught in the primary and secondary sector for thirty-two years and has worked in the interfaith field for over twenty-five years.
Honorary URC Chaplain
Rev Andy Braunstonr
Telephone: +44 (0)7944378049
Andy is a United Reformed Church minister working with four lovely congregations in and around Glasgow. Originally from London he moved up to Glasgow in 2017 having spent over 20 years working in Manchester. The Manchester congregation had a particular ministry with LGBT people in general and asylum seekers in particular and Andy often had to give evidence before the courts in asylum cases. Andy's academic studies have included both an honours degree and a masters degree in theology looking, in particular, at liberation theology. He also holds a teaching certificate as well as a management qualification with the Open University. Realising he knew little Scottish history, Andy decided to study for an MLitt in the history of the Highlands and has particular interests in the Clearances and notions of British identity. He coordinates a daily prayer and reflection project for the United Reformed Church and lives with his husband, Ian, and their two dogs in Glasgow's southside.