QUEEN'S CROSS - Key Persons
As the son of a Press Journalist/ Photographer father and a Mathematician mother, my siblings and myself had an interesting, if not at sometimes a nomadic upbringing but never a boring one. Such occasions as meeting Princess Margaret on the top deck of a private yacht with armed security, whilst my father interviewed her over her recent separation with Lord Snowdon or bumping into and being greeted as old friends by Lulu on Buchanan Street, Glasgow was considered as the norm and it was only in later life I realised the significance nor how special these numerous occasions were. From being born in Dumfries, I have also lived in Suffolk, Essex, Angus, Ayrshire. Studying at University of Aberdeen, I settled in Aberdeen and consider Aberdeen to be my home although my family are wide spread away from Scotland now. Reading Land Economy, I graduated in 1993, just as the property market crashed, not the best time to graduate as a property surveyor! After trying my hand at various alternative career paths I ended up working in Contract Catering. For many years I considered this to be a just a job not a career choice, however as I progressed up through catering management, I realised this was my career albeit by default. Working in Aberdeen it was inevitable that I was to become Catering Manager in an Oil Company or an Oil related Company, which I did.
My interest in property has never left me and therefore over the years I acquired a small property portfolio - my pension fund. Whilst enjoying a semi retired status, the position of Business Development Manager was brought to my attention, and it was agreed that Queen's Cross Church would like my input. What a privilege to be involved in such an exciting and rewarding project that could mould the future and secure the sustainability of Queen's Cross Church.
Originally brought up and educated in Fife, Ewen moved to Aberdeen in the 1970s to attend Aberdeen University where he graduated Bachelor of Music, prior to attending Northern College to complete his teaching qualification. Very early on in his time in Aberdeen, he made the decision to settle here - much to the horror of his family. Prior to the various by-passes we now take for granted, the journey to and from Fife was significant.
Ewen spent his career at Mackie Academy, Stonehaven first as a music teacher, moving to Principal Teacher of Music then Principal Teacher of Guidance prior to moving into management. Although he has been a kirk organist for over forty years, his main musical interests are in musical theatre and he considers it a privilege to have musically directed most of the theatre companies in and around Aberdeen. Over the years he could also be found as resident pianist in local hotels and restaurants. On retiring, the ‘venue' has changed a bit as he is now resident organist at Aberdeen Crematorium. When not doing things musical, Ewen enjoys life in the country with his partner and the holiday opportunities made available since retirement from the constraints of the timings of school holidays.
Born in the north of Spain, Marina Vega has been travelling around the world since the age of 24. After finishing a Degree in Advertising and Communication in her hometown, she went to Paris to study a Postgraduate in Cinema and Audio-Visual Communication. She met there her future husband and her nomad life started. From Aberdeen, UK, to Douala, Cameroon, she tried to make the best of each experience and learn as much as possible of each culture. Since her graduation, she has worked in different positions in communication and advertising agencies around the world. After a first experience in Scotland 15 years ago, Marina came back to Aberdeen in 2009, and this time to settle down for the best.
Apart from dealing with the hall lets and assisting in the organisation of events at Queen's Cross, Marina is happy to put her input in communication actions whenever is needed. Always delighted to assist the others, she likes the infinite possibilities of development of her position and loves the progressiveness of the Queen's Cross Parish and the warmth of its people.
As her life journey suggests, Marina loves travelling and discovering new cultures and she speaks Spanish, French and English. She is also passionate about cinema, photography and reading.
Martin is a Church of Scotland Reader who is pleased and honoured to be part of the Queens Cross team. Martin has been an elder at Holburn West Church since 2007. He is currently joint Session Clerk at Holburn West. He was born and brought up in the west end of Aberdeen and has a law degree from Glasgow University. He enjoys the fellowship of the Queens Cross Church family and is keen to contribute in the life and mission of the congregation.
The Rev. Scott M. Rennie was inducted as the Minister of Queen's Cross Parish Church on Friday 3rd of July 2009. A native of Aberdeen he was raised in Bucksburn, and remained in the city to read Geography at the University of Aberdeen, followed by Divinity at Christ's College, Aberdeen. Scott served as the Assistant Minister, here at Queen's Cross Church, before winning the Scots Fellowship to study for a Masters in Sacred Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He returned to the UK in 1999, and was subsequently ordained and inducted to be Minister of the historic charge of Brechin Cathedral in Angus. In addition to his parish duties, Scott serves nationally on the Church of Scotland's Taskforce on Human Sexuality.
Away from work, Scott is a keen reader of novels, theology, biography and history. He is also active politically in the Liberal Democrats. To relax, he enjoys music (including playing the bagpipes) and cinema, as well as watching sport. He is a keen football fan, especially of his hometown team, Aberdeen FC, where he is a season ticket holder.