St Margaret’s Parish Church in Forfar is getting ready to welcome the Rev. Duncan Barwise and his wife Joan to Forfar for a summer exchange, with the Rev. David Logan and his wife Catriona, heading off to Duncan United Church in the City of Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The exchange will last for six weeks and will see each clergyman doing the job of the other.
The Rev. David Logan explained: This is a wonderful opportunity to work in a sister church to the Church of Scotland and to see how the church operates in British Columbia.
“This exchange is being undertaken by both ministers at no cost to our congregations, and hopefully we and our churches will be enriched by the experience”.
Duncan Barwise (top right) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and grew up in Toronto.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts at McMaster University, his Master of Divinity at Emmanuel College (University of Toronto), and a Certification in Gerontology at Mount Royal College in Calgary.
Called to his present position in 2003, Duncan served parishes in Grande Cache, Banff, and Calgary, Alberta, as well as serving as a chaplain with the Canadian Forces in Cold Lake (Alberta), Lahr (Germany), Valcartier (Quebec), and Victoria (BC).
Joan Barwise (top left) was born and raised in Toronto and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work degrees at McMaster University, and her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Calgary.
Also called to her current position at Duncan United Church in 2003, Joan previously practised social work with both provincial and federal government and non-governmental agencies in Canada and in Germany.
Duncan and Joan have one adult son and, when not engaging in parish ministry activities, they will be found pursuing a love of self-propelled outdoor activities, most especially trail running and kayaking.