Rev Ken Froude
I was born in Glasgow in 1950 and attended school there. The family lived in Milngavie on the outskirts of the City. I was the youngest of three children, although sadly when I was 12 my 19 year old sister died.
Schoolwork was not my first love. Outdoor activities - rugby, athletics, hill walking, skiing, canoeing and sailing - were all enthusiastically pursued.
My Christian faith came from my parents, my local Church and particularly through ‘Crusaders’ an independent evangelical organisation which was particularly strong in the Glasgow area at the time. Through these links, including Scripture Union, I was given spiritual challenge, moral guidance and great leadership experience. For all of this I am profoundly grateful, but my faith and understanding of what it is to be Christian today has developed considerably since those early years and is no longer comfortable with a conservative theology .
Eventually I found myself at Aberdeen University studying for a BD in the Divinity Faculty and seriously considering a call to the Ministry. On finishing my studies (BD, MA) I spent a happy year as a probationer minister in Northfield, Aberdeen, an area very similar to Templehall in Kirkcaldy. The year was 1979 and St Brycedale Church in Kirkcaldy was looking for a Minister. By this time I was married to Agnes-Ann with a six month old daughter Jennifer, soon to be followed by Stuart and my ministry started here.
My love of outdoor activities has continued. School and home helped, with a love of music of all kinds. Other interests, reading - history, biography, novels; films, reviews mostly, but cinema when possible, motorbike, dog, singing, politics, current affairs, environmental issues etc and many others. There are significant areas relating to ministry and faith, spirituality, pastoral care, counselling and church leadership, which I always feel drawn towards and about which I have much yet to learn.
My wife Agnes-Ann, trained in Social Work with a particular interest in mental health and in counselling, spent the last few years working in a Primary School and is now retired. My daughter Jennifer is a Social Worker in Edinburgh and son Stuart (married to Fiona – here in St Bryce Kirk) is a TV Producer who just moved from London to Manchester. They have been the most important source of love and fulfilment, and although the ‘children’ are now in their 30's and long away from home, this continues.