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Rev Alexander McAspurren
Church of Scotland Minister at Edinburgh: Leith North Parish Church
Born in Glasgow and raised in the new town of Cumbernauld, I grew up an atheist. During school years science and technical subjects were my speciality leading on to working at technician level in the construction industry. After coming to faith in Christ, a sense of call took me first to the University of Glasgow (BD) and then, via selection school, to Edinburgh for post-graduate study (MTh & Certificate in Pastoral Studies). Throughout my undergraduate education was the constant study of ethics, with the opportunity to study bioethics taken at postgraduate level.
From my first days in university I developed an interest in the interface between science, technology, and faith, and was fortunate enough to be able to study this. In more recent times this has proven to be invaluable in my role within the local secondary school in my current parish. Here I am able to contribute to RMPS classes from National 5 through Advanced Higher levels; with the school management we are also exploring the idea of studying ethics within the context of science education.
My interest in engineering continues to this day though through model making rather than full size structures.