The Revd Frances Forshaw has been Mission Priest at Gordon Chapel since December 2010. Frances originally hails from Perth but spent her schooldays in Glasgow. She read Nursing at Edinburgh University and subsequently working in various nursing and midwifery posts before gaining a qualification in Neonatal Intensive Care.
After marrying James, they moved to Derby and then to Cumbria where their two children, Thomas and Marianne, were born. After moving to Perth, she embarked on a Masters degree in Nursing at Glasgow University. Frances and James moved to Moray for the first time in 1990 and spent eleven years here before returning to Perthshire in 2001. Shortly afterwards, Frances started a part-time degree in Theology at Aberdeen University as well as undertaking part-time lecturing at both Dundee and Perth Colleges.
Frances was ordained in 2003 and served at St John’s Perth, Holy Trinity Pitlochry with Kilmaveonaig Blair Atholl and finally at St Ninian’s Cathedral in Perth. She completed her theology degree in 2009. Following James’s early retirement from teaching, they returned to Moray in 2010 and Frances took up her role as Mission Priest at Gordon Chapel. She has said that she felt a strong calling to come back to Moray and she most definitely wanted to come and serve in Fochabers and Gordon Chapel is delighted to have to her as our priest.