Minister's Blog

Hanneke was born and grew up in Brakel, the Netherlands where she was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Aged 18 she went off to Utrecht University to study theology and embark on ministerial training. A year completing a Masters in Theology at Durham University led to a detour, however, as she ended up falling in love with a house mate. Following completion of her studies and training in 2002, Aaron and Hanneke got married and lived in England where Hanneke completed a PGCE and taught Religious Studies at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Following the birth of their son Lukas, they moved to Northern Ireland. Here they owned and ran a franchise business and the family expanded with the arrival of two daughters, Lois and Tabitha.

During this time Hanneke began to sense a calling to the ordained ministry and this eventually led the family to move to Scotland in October 2015 where she served as an assistant minister in Duns, the Scottish Borders, before being ordained and installed as minister of St Machar’s Ranfurly Church in Bridge of Weir in March 2017. 

Having experienced barriers to women’s access to ministry in both her home congregation and in Northern Ireland, Hanneke is passionate about addressing these and speaking out for change in socially and theologically conservative contexts. In terms of her current ministry she is interested and involved in leading congregations through times of profound change and challenge.

Besides her family and her work there isn't a huge lot of time left for hobbies, but Hanneke loves to read widely, explore new places and enjoys the odd bit of baking.


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