Ministry Team

St Martin’s currently has a Priest and Associate Priest shared with St Mary’ Broughty Ferry.

Priest in charge is the Very Rev Dr Francis Bridger who is also Dean of Brechin diocese. He has written or edited 12 books on practical theology.

Prior to coming to Broughty Ferry, Francis served in parishes in England and the USA, as well as holding the post of Principal in two theological training institutions.  You can find out more about him at

He is married to…

The Associate Priest, the Rev Helen Bridger.  Helen has been ordained since 2005 and has served as a parish priest both in the Diocese of Los Angeles and in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  Immediately prior to her arrival at St Mary’s she was a hospital chaplain in Norfolk.


In addition there is a ministry team of two Readers:

Iain Turnbull

Iain Turnbull is a Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Applied Social Studies at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He is year tutor for the first year of the full-time undergraduate course. His professional interests include work with people with substance use problems, social policy, and the issues of working across disciplines and agencies. He has been Lay Reader at St Martin’s for over 25 years and has been involved in diocesan and provincial matters in a variety of capacities. He once chaired the Provincial Youth Network a long time ago.

Robert Pemble

Robert Pemble is a retired lecturer. He has been a Lay Reader for over 30 years; firstly at Saint Ninian’s and for the last 20 years at Saint Martin’s where he also helps in the duties of Sacristan.


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