Rev. Tara Porr
I am a born and bred Texan and was raised in the Presbyterian Church USA. I gained a BA in history from the University of North Texas before going on to do my theological studies at Princeton Seminary. During seminary I interned for a year as an assistant minister in Northern Ireland. After graduating seminary, I returned to Texas where I completed a residency of Clinical Pastoral Education at Methodist Health System. In 2016 I moved to Scotland with my husband Ramon and in January 2018 I was ordained and installed as the minister at Ibrox Parish Church. Currently, I serve on the board of Richmond's Hope and as Honorary Chaplain at University of Strathclyde. I am also a part-time PhD student with University of Aberdeen.
I originally came to Ibrox Parish Church in the early 1990s through my friend and later husband, the late Jim Salkeld, who was the beloved organist and choirmaster at Ibrox for many years. I helped with the choir before becoming an elder in 2011 and joint organist with Jim in 2014. Our minister makes it a regular adventure to find appropriate hymns to fit all the weird scriptures and wacky sermon series she comes up with, but we make a good team. I continue to play accompaniment on organ or piano for our Sunday morning worship.
I’ve been part of the Ibrox Church family my entire life, came through Sunday School, joined the church at the age of 18, and was a keen member of the Drama Group from it's earliest days. I left Glasgow to work in London and abroad when I left university, but came back in 2000 when I had my own family, who are almost grown up now! I'm married to Stuart and have two kids - Lorna and Andrew. I became an Elder in 2009, and session clerk in April 2016. I am Chief Executive of Bipolar Scotland, a mental health charity, which keeps me busy. Outside work I’m a Girls’ Brigade leader, Deputy Commissioner for Greater Glasgow Division and I train new leaders. I support Glasgow Warriors rugby and love musical theatre.
Deputy Fabric Convener
I was born in Kinning Park and am Glasgow born and raised. I worked as a maintenance manager for 30 years for Intercity Motor Options before starting work for Front Row Builders. In my free time I am involved with the Masonic Lodge. I am also a Boys’ Brigade officer and a rugby fan. I have served as Fabric Convener of Ibrox Parish Church from January 2017.
I was born and raised in Iowa, USA (aka Heaven for any Field of Dreams fans). In 2009, I moved to Taiwan to teach English and I started teaching math as well as becoming a yoga instructor. My husband is from the Highlands and we met in Taiwan in 2011. We both taught there for several years, and we had a lot of fun meeting new people, playing on a bowling league, and hiking as often as possible. We moved to Aberdeen in 2015 where I studied accounting and finance before working in an accounting firm. We moved to Glasgow in 2017 and began attending Ibrox Parish Church in 2018. I currently work at the International Association for Community Development and I teach a free yoga class once a week. In my free time I like to do aerobics, play board games, and hang out with family.
I'm originally from the Highlands but have lived in Aberdeen, South Yorkshire, Taiwan, and now Glasgow. I am a software developer and work for a company that uses fancy technology to analyse forests from space. My wife, Meredith, and I started attending the church when we moved to the area in 2018 and have found a new home here. I really enjoy taking part in the events we put on, like the Halloween party and the Pantomine. I like to support the local football team whenever i can and like to playguitar, lego, write and draw in my spare time.