The Rev. Dr David G Coulter

Dr David G Coulter

The Revd Dr David Coulter was originally Ordained as a Church of Scotland Minister on 2 April 1989 and was Inducted as the Minister of St Andrew’s in the Grange on 4 April 2019. The Induction Service coincided with a visit to the Presbytery of England by the Right Rev Susan Brown the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Previously Dr Coulter had been the Chaplain General to HM Land Forces an appointment the had held since 17 September 2014.

First Commissioned into the Army as a Cadetship Officer in the Royal Irish Rangers in the late 1970s he served mostly in 2 Royal Irish until 1985 when he left the Army to study for the Ministry of the Church of Scotland. Ordained in 1989 he re-enlisted and served as chaplain to the Queen's Own Highlanders in the First Gulf War; the Royal Scots which included a six-month tour in South Armagh and as Senior Chaplain 19 Mechanised Brigade, where he completed another six month a tour of duty in Bosnia. He subsequently completed a number of operational and staff appointments in the Army Headquarters and at the Defence Academy before becoming Senior Chaplain Headquarters Northern Ireland. This home posting was followed by promotion to 3 (UK) Division as Assistant Chaplain General. Then followed a return to the Directorate of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department prior to being appointed as Principal of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, Amport House. Padre David became Deputy Chaplain General on the anniversary of D Day – 6 June 2011.

Academic study has always enriched David’s long military and church career and he completed his PhD on Chaplains in War in 1997. He was made an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen in October 2007. In 2009 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies and in 2011 he was a Farmington Fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford where he continues to be a Research Fellow. He was made of a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2016 and for service as Chaplain to St John Ambulance Wiltshire he was made a member of the Order of St John (OStJ) in 2017.

Married to Grace, he has two sons, Andrew is a teacher in London and Tom is a grain trader in Suffolk.

Who we are

The Established Church in Guernsey is the Church of England with the Dean of Guernsey recognised as the senior Church appointment on the island. The 10 island parishes each have their own Parish Church and Hall, similar to rural Scotland. In addition to several other Anglican Churches, there is a strong Methodist and Roman Catholic following and a variety of other denominations.

St. Andrew's in the Grange is a member of the Presbytery of England, the Presbytery to which Church of Scotland congregations located in England and the Channel Islands belong, which holds quarterly meetings in London.


Why is there a Church of Scotland on Guernsey?

St. Andrew's in the Grange, Church of Scotland, represents a fellowship in the Presbyterian tradition, with a membership of 179 although there are others who join us from time to time. The congregation is mainly Guernsey born, Scots, English, Welsh and Irish - a comsmopolitan congegation originating from a staunch Guernsey following and a Scottish heritage dating to the days when Scottish troops were garrisoned on the island. Today, members work across the community, including the finance industry, horticulture and tourism, there being full employment in the island.


The congregation

The congregation includes 18 ordained Elders in the Kirk Session, and the Congregational Board numbers 14. CoSY is lively and thriving with some 12 children, mainly of the younger age group. At present there are no other youth groups attached to St. Andrew's in the Grange.


How to find us

For maps and instructions on how to find us and parking information click here.


The island of Guernsey

The second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey is situated just a few miles from the French coasts of Normandy and Brittany in the bay of St Malo. Independent and self governing for more than 700 years, the island has a culture and character which are quite unique. The language is English and traffic drives on the left.

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A history of our church

Since the reformation in the middle of the 16th Century, there had always been a Presbyterian presence in Guernsey.

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