Who's who


This position is vacant at present.


Lay Readers

Arma Iles

Arma was born in Banchory & raised in Aberdeen, where she trained as a general nurse & childrens nurse before moving to London to study further in midwifery & obsterics  During the time Arma spent in London she met her husband of 47 years & they have gone on to have a large family, eight children, fifteen grandchildren & four great grandchildren - at the last count!

Arma has been connected to St James' for twenty three years.  In 1997 she was appointed Server & Eucharistic Minister & also  Pastoral Server.  Following on from this Arma trained as a Lay Reader, after which she took up her duties within St James' & St Philips', as well as this she also preaches occasionally at St Ternans in Muchalls

During Arma's spare time she volunteers at the local Red Cross Shop, is a broadcaster on the weekly newspaper "Talk of the Mearns" which is the local paper for the blind & as well as all of the above Arma is an enthusiastic member of the Ury Players in Stonehaven & the the  Burns Choir in Drumlithie.  If Arma ever finds any spare time she does enjoy reading, walking, swimming & tending to her garden.

Arma retired from being a lay reader in June 2015 but holds the position of Lay Reader Emerita. 


Anne Geldart, MA, BD.

1979 - BD Hons, University of Wales

1980 - PGCE with distinction

1981 - General Readers Certificate of ACCM, Westminster.

1992 - MA in Education

Anne continued to teach  until 1997, until she retired as Head of Humanities in a
large City School in Cardiff. Anne then went on to write a number of texts on a range of Religious
subjects, including World Religions and Exploring the Gospels and was also
Series Consultant for a further set of books. By 2003 I had more than ten titles
in publication.

While Anne lived in South Wales, she was an active Reader in the
Diocese of Llandaff, which resulted in her preaching and conducting services in 26 different
churches, as well as my own Church of All Saints, Barry. From 1997 until 2003 I
was Diocesan Tutor to Readers and helped prepare a number of candidates for
licensing to the role of Readers.

Anne maintained an interest in Religious Education through
first becoming an Examiner, and more recently a Senior Team Leader in the Welsh
Joint Education Council, she continues to carry out with great enjoyment.

I was delighted, upon moving to the North Mearns in 2003,
to be invited to transfer my Readership to the Diocese of Brechin, and very
much enjoy the role that I currently fulfil in St James' and St Philip's

Anne's greatest delight is in preaching, and 'opening a
window into the Gospel'.



Nigel Peyton was elected and consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Brechin in 2011, returning to the city of Dundee where he was ordained in 1976 and began his ministry and family life.

During these years he was Chaplain of St Paul's Cathedral Dundee, Priest in Charge of All Souls
Invergowrie and Chaplain at Ninewells Hospital and was alsoDiocesan Youth Chaplain.

From 1985 he served in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, first as an inner city vicar and
community projects leader in Nottingham, then in dual role as Diocesan Ministry Development Adviser and village parish priest and from 1999 as Archdeacon of Newark and a Canon of Southwell Minster. He was
a long-serving Bishops Selector and member of General Synod, and has been a school governor and chaplain, Magistrate and a Director of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. Just prior to moving north he established an ecumenical chaplaincy team in a Church secondary school serving the poorest area of Newark and its Traveller community.

Born in London, Nigel has degrees in history and in theology from Edinburgh University and was Scottish Fellow at Union Theological Seminary New York 1976-77, training for ordination at Edinburgh Theological College. He lectures and writes about ministry and is an Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University where he gained his doctorate for research about contemporary priesthood in the Church of England. His book Managing Clergy Lives: Obedience, Sacrifice, Intimacy was published by Bloomsbury in March 2013.