Minister - Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth (LLB, BD (Min), Dip.L.P, MTh, Phd)

Sandy was inducted to Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church in January 2021.

He began his previous post (T.F. Torrance Lecturer in Theology & Mission) at the University of Edinburgh in September 2018, following completion of his PhD in 2014 at New College under the supervision of Prof. David Fergusson, work at New College thereafter for two years as Hope Trust Post-doctoral Research Fellow , and a two further years of teaching in the Theology department of the University of Glasgow. His teaching and research interests are in Practical Theology, in particular missiology, church and society, pioneer ministry and 'fresh expressions of church', ministry training and the interactions of religion with the civil law.

His doctoral thesis was on mission in contemporary Scotland, concentrating on dynamic modes of the interaction of faith with everyday life exercised in the quarter-century after World War II by such as Tom Allan, the Iona Community, the Gorbals Group Ministry and Ian Fraser.  A book from the thesis was published by Pickwick Publications (Wipf & Stock) in September 2017, entitled 'Mission by the People'.

His background is in law, with an LLB from the University of Aberdeen, Dip LP from the University of Glasgow and over two decades of experience in practice. He qualified as a solicitor in 1992, worked as a civil and criminal court solicitor in Glasgow and then called at the Scottish Bar as an advocate in 1999. He was in practice at the Bar until July 2015, specialising in civil litigation, particularly personal injury and clinical negligence cases . He is also an accredited mediator.

He graduated BD (Min) from Trinity College, University of Glasgow in 2008, was ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland in 2009, and has spent several years as part-time Associate Minister in parishes in Kirkintilloch  and Bearsden near Glasgow.  His present post is part-funded by the Church of Scotland to contribute to the future framework of ministry training, and partly by members of the T.F. Torrance Theological Fellowship. He was a visiting teaching fellow at the University of Glasgow in 2015-16, and at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania in February 2016.  He was also Research Assistant and Associate Editor on the three-volume History of Scottish Theology, published by Oxford University Press in late 2019.           


LLB, BD (Min) (1st Class), Dip.L.P, MTh (with distinction), PhD

Responsibilities & affiliations

Programme Director for Divinity Degrees

Acting Honours Dissertation Manager

Assistant Director, Centre for Theology & Public Issues, New College, Edinburgh

Associate of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity, New College, Edinburgh

External Examiner in Practical Theology Subjects, University of Cardiff

Member of Church of Scotland Special Commission on the Future of Presbyterianism

Consultant to the Special Commission of Dunfermline Presbytery on its Future Vision

Member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology

Member of the American Society of Missiology

Member of the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh