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Church of Scotland
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New chaplain to oil and gas industry appointed

by Kelly Valencia

Rev Michael Mair has been appointed as the new chaplain to the oil and gas industry in the Church of Scotland.

The current minister at St David's Broomhouse Parish Church in Edinburgh will be based in Aberdeen and will provide pastoral support to those who work in the industry, especially with those working offshore in remote, dangerous and challenging locations.

He will also provide practical, emotional, mental and spiritual support for those based onshore.

Rev Mair will lead the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Trust, an ecumenical chaplaincy group providing support to its over 400 organisations with an interest in offshore oil, gas, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and offshore wind.

Rev Mair said: "I am excited to be taking up this new appointment.

"The industry is facing challenges on several fronts, and I am looking forward to standing with and beside people as we think about the future.

"The chaplain is there for everyone who works in the industry - for those of all faiths and none - and it will be my privilege to join this community to mark the highs and lows of life.

"I look forward to meeting those who work in the industry, whether offshore or onshore.

"My door will always be open."

He will succeed Rev Gordon Craig, a Church of Scotland minister, who has led the group for more than eleven years.

Dr Alix Thom, chair of the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy, said: "The trustees of the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Trust are delighted to have appointed Michael to the post of chaplain to the Industry.

"His varied experience, energy and enthusiasm will bring a huge amount to the role, and to the oil and gas workforce that the chaplaincy supports.

"Our outgoing chaplain, Rev Gordon Craig, has made an enduring impact on the industry and the trustees are confident Mr Mair will build on his legacy."

Rev Mair will take up the role on 16th October.

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