The Board

Gordon-KennedyGordon Kennedy is the Chairman of the Trustees.  He is married to Fiona and they have two sons John and Andrew. Before being called to ministry Gordon worked as a Civil Engineer with Strathclyde Regional Council. Gordon has served in the parishes of New Cumnock, Portpatrick and St Ninians Stranraer and presently at Craiglockhart in Edinburgh. Gordon is pursuing a PhD in Old Testament studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Marjory Harper is Professor of History at the University of Aberdeen, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands. Her research focuses on British emigration since 1800, particularly from Scotland. Two of her monographs (Adventurers and Exiles (2003) and Scotland No More?  (2012) have each won an international prize. She co-authored (with Stephen Constantine) Migration and Empire (2010), a Companion Volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire and she has published around 100 articles. Her edited collection, Migration and Mental Health: Past and Present was published in 2016 and she has authored a number of articles on migration and mental health in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her most recent monograph, Testimonies of Transition (an oral history of twentieth-century Scottish emigration) was published in May 2018, and she is about to begin a commissioned monograph on Scottish-Antipodean networks. She is Director of a new online Master’s Programme in Scottish Heritage, which was launched in September 2017.

Jonathan Keefe  was raised in Northern Ireland but has lived in Scotland for over twenty years. He is married to Judith and has two young sons, Caleb and Ethan, and a young daughter, Rosie-Joy.  He worked in mental health, homelessness and addiction before studying for the ministry at Glasgow University and Reformed Theological Seminary in the US.  Jonathan is minister in Robroyston Church and is a prison chaplain in Barlinnie prison since 2010.

Judith Keefe is married to Jonathan and works within Mental Health Services as an Occupational Therapist.She is involved locally supporting various ministries within Robroyston Church and is the founder of the web resource, Under the Rainbow.

Brian Boag  is currently Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business at the University of the Highlands and Islands.  He has been a member of the Highland Theological Studies Academic Board for several years.  He is a member and deacon of Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church.

Jamie Grant  is Vice-Principal (Academic) and Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Highland Theological College UHI. His main teaching responsibilities are in the Old Testament poetic texts, the biblical languages and hermeneutics. Jamie has been working at HTC since 2002. His first degree was in law at Dundee (1990) and Jamie then worked for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in Poland for several years. He went on to complete an MA (Biblical Studies) at Reformed Theological Seminary (1999) and PhD from the University of Gloucestershire (2002). Jamie’s PhD research adopted the canonical approach to the Psalter and examined kingship and torah themes in the Psalms. He is a member of Hilton Church of Scotland, Inverness.

Susan MacKenzie O.B.E. was a P.E. and Guidance teacher at Charleston Academy, Inverness until retiring in 2011.  She is a member and deacon at Inverness East Church and was leader in charge of the Girls’ Brigade Company there for 34 years.  She also  served as National President of  Girls’ Brigade Scotland from 1999 to 2005 and represented G.B. Scotland at International level during that time.



Robert Shillaker is the systematic theology lecturer and programme leader on the BA course at Highland Theological College, UHI. He is married with four grown-up children. Robert has been teaching since 2002 but has been involved with the College since 1995, when he was an undergraduate student. After receiving a University of the Highlands and Islands scholarship, he completed a PhD in 2003 on the pneumatology of George Smeaton in the context of federal, or covenant, theology. Robert also holds a BSc in Engineering and served as an engineer in the RAF and worked in a Christian charity prior to taking up theological studies.


Jan Bradford is owner-director of Word by Word Limited and she provides admin support to the Board of Trustees.  She is also a final year part-time doctoral student at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on family secrets, intergenerational trauma and matrilineal grief.