Meet our Team

Just part of the team who keep our Church alive today

The people below are at the core of Bridge of Allan Parish Church. However, our Church would not survive with out a huge number of dedicated volunteers who look after everything from the gardens to the bricks and morter of the building. If you would like to be part of what we do then please contact out Church Office for more information. 

  1. Rev. Dan Harper
    Rev Dan Harper
    Minister of Bridge of Allan Parish Church
  2. Alisdair Mackie
    Alasdair Mackie
    Session Clark
  3. Catherine Morton
    Catherine Morton
    Church Secretary
  4. Forrester Pyke
    Forrester
    Organist and Choir Master

Rev. Dan Harper

Minister 

Dan is our Minister, and is here to journey with us as we move through life.

Dan’s vision of Church is one that echoes the radical openness and inclusivity of God. It is his hope that the Church provides a place of welcome and challenge to us all, helping us work out how we can best live in ways that promote inclusivity, mercy and justice.

Dan has a background in mathematics and worked for a number of years as a statistician in the NHS. He also has spent time working in the Church in Malawi and has an interest in how the Church can work with partners to effectively participate in the Mission of God in the wider world. Dan also has a particular interest in the Medieval Church and the Minor Prophets of Old Testament.

Dan enjoys playing golf, watching rugby and walks into and around the hills. He also has at least two shelves in his study dedicated to LEGO.  

Rev. Dan Harper

Alasdair Mackie

Session Clerk

Born in Stirling, I attended Morrison's Academy in Crieff and then the University of Glasgow. After 2 years in Edinburgh I returned to Stirling in 1981 to work for J M & J Mailer, solicitors where I was assumed as a partner in 1984. I am married to Lesley and we have two children Andrew and Katy. We live in Bridge of Allan.

I was ordained as an elder in Bridge of Allan Chalmers Church where I succeeded Jim Bowden as Session Clerk. After the union of Chalmers and Holy Trinity I succeeded Edna Stewart, who had been Session Clerk of Holy Trinity and of the United Parish Church in that capacity. Both had been popular and long serving Session Clerks and it was my privilege to follow in their footsteps.

​I claim to be a golfer but have little time these days. During the winter I curl with Dunblane Curling Club and Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotary club. I am a past chairman of Bridge of Allan Round Table and a past Dean of the Society of Solicitors and Procurators of Stirling
Alasdair Mackie

Catherine Morton

Church Secretary

​Catherine has worked in the Church Office since 1997.  She lives in Alva with her husband and family.

Her job is very varied and includes assisting the minister, dealing with day to day matters relating to the church building, its volunteer helpers and its many visitors. She also deals with hiring of the halls.


Contact Catherine at the Church Office Monday-Friday 9.00am-12noon.
Telephone: 01786 834155
Catherine Morton

Forrester Pyke

Organist

Forrester Pyke
On moving to Scotland and gaining his teaching qualifications, Forrester spent 2 years singing with Scottish Opera and the SNO chorus and performed with the Scottish Theatre Company.

Aside from his teaching posts, Forrester has undertaken many musical directorships with companies and shows such as the Stirling and Bridge of Allan Operatic Society, the Gilbert and Sullivan Societies of Falkirk, Stirling and the Stirling Gang Show.

​Forrester has also had considerable involvement with local churches in the Stirling area as regular organist for church services and currently organist and choirmaster of the Bridge of Allan Parish Church where he has played for BBC broadcasts. Most memorably, Forrester was musical director for the world premiere of the musical  "Vincent  -  The Flame Burns Bright", which has now opened in Brisbane, Australia, and appeared in the Channel 4 documentary about its release.