Deaf ministry

The Church supports the work of three ministers who look after the deaf community in the areas listed below. Following the Government's official recognition of British Sign Language as a language in its own right in 2003, the General Assembly urged congregations to use sign language, support initiatives for deaf people, and provide resources when appropriate.

The West of Scotland

The Rev Richard Durno is the minister for the John Ross Memorial Church for Deaf People in Glasgow, and is responsible for the ministry amongst deaf people in the west of Scotland. The bulk of his work is preaching, teaching, pastoral work, and administration. You can contact Mr Durno on voice/textphone on 0141 772 1052.

The North of Scotland and the Western Isles

St John's Church for Deaf People, Aberdeen. Minister: Rev Mary Whittaker. Telephone: 01224 698119


  • 11 am, first and third Sundays of the month - the Session Room, St Mark's Church Rosemount Viaduct Aberdeen AB25 1JY
  • 3 pm, second Sunday of the month - Moray Resources Centre, Elgin

Other services and venues as arranged St John's Church for Deaf People exists to provide services of Christian worship and pastoral care especially suited for profoundly deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind people who communicate with British Sign Language. The Rev Mary Whittaker, Locum and Auxiliary Minister, is also leading regular Sunday worship in Elgin and Aberdeen. She is tasked to further develop the ministry among deaf people, especially young people and children.