Deaf ministry

The Church supports the work of three ministers who look after the deaf community in the areas listed below. Following the Government's official recognition of British Sign Language as a language in its own right in 2003, the General Assembly urged congregations to use sign language, support initiatives for deaf people, and provide resources when appropriate.

The west of Scotland

The Rev Richard Durno is the minister for the John Ross Memorial Church for Deaf People in Glasgow, and is responsible for the ministry amongst deaf people in the west of Scotland. The bulk of his work is preaching, teaching, pastoral work and administration. You can contact Mr Durno on voice/textphone on 0141 772 1052.

The east of Scotland

The Rev Rosie Addis is now the chaplain to Albany Deaf Church, as well as the new Deaf Development Worker. She is based in the offices at 121 George Street and can be contacted via email raddis@churchofscotland.org.uk, or mobile number 07738 983393.

The north of Scotland and the Western Isles

  • St John's Church for Deaf People, Aberdeen
  • Interim Moderator: Rev Diane Hobson
  • Telephone: 01224 641758

Services: 11am First and Third Sundays of the month - the Session Room, St Mark's Church Rosemount Viaduct Aberdeen AB25 1JY 2nd Sunday of the month - Elgin, 3pm Moray Resources Centre Other services and venues as arranged St John's Church for Deaf People exists to provide services of Christian worship and pastoral care especially suited for profoundly Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind people who communicate with British Sign Language. The Rev Mary Whittaker, Locum and Auxiliary Minister, is also leading regular Sunday worship in Elgin and Aberdeen. She is tasked to develop further the ministry among deaf people, especially young people and children.