Female minister makes Abbey history
HISTORY has been created at Dunfermline Abbey with the election of its first ever female minister.
The Reverend MaryAnn Rennie was voted in by the congregation on 12th August, with 303 for her appointment and 33 against.
The position had been vacant since the Rev Alistair Jessamine retired last summer.
The Rev Rennie, who is married with two children, has 14 years of experience as a parish minister.
She served in Macainsh Parish Church in Lochgelly from 1998-2002 and is currently at St Anne's Parish Church in Corstorphine, Edinburgh.
Douglas Millar, convener of the nominating committee, said on the Dunfermline Abbey website that the Rev Rennie was "by far the strongest candidate from all those who applied to be considered for the post".
He added, "The nominating committee took the view that MaryAnn is an ideal candidate for the vacant post.
"She has a successful proven track record of leading two very different churches and in her present charge has led the congregation through periods of change.
"She has demonstrated an ability to minister to all, no matter their age or gender.
"We believe she has all the relevant attributes and skills required to lead the Abbey moving forward."
She will be taking up the position as soon as a manse is available.