Rev Sandra Boyd

I was born in Whitburn to parents Agnes and Alex Mackie and grew up with elder brother Kenneth and younger sister Elaine.
I went to Whitdale Primary school, Croftmalloch Primary school and finally Whitburn Academy. Every year I ran in the Gala Day sports and became the Junior and Senior Champion. I have always loved participating in sports, whether it was netball, athletics, swimming and I had a great love for volleyball playing for many years and had the great honour of representing Scotland.
On leaving school I trained to be a Physical Education Teacher at Dunfermline College but with few jobs went onto train at Moray House to be a Teacher of the Deaf.
I met my husband Lawson, also a PE teacher, through one of my friends at a party and we were married in Brucefield Church in 1985. Lawson was teaching at Alva Academy at the time and so I moved to Bridge-of-Allan to start married life.
I worked in Dawson Park School in Falkirk for a year before then becoming the Leisure Club Manager at Stakis Dunblane Hydro.
My son Alistair was born in 1988 followed by Laura in 1990. When Laura started school I then started teaching PE in Bannockburn High School and went onto become a Guidance teacher.
Having always attended church, initially at Brucefield, encouraged by my Mum and Dad who were both Elders, I was Ordained as an elder at 26 and became a Sunday school teacher. After leading a youth trip to Iona I realised that God was calling me to serve him more and so after a lot of praying, I was assessed and accepted into Ministry at the age of 40. I attended New College in Edinburgh and did my Probation in Alva Parish Church.
God then called me to King’s Park Church on the South Side of Glasgow where I had the privilege of being their Minister for eleven and half years.
During that time Alistair and his partner Charlotte has a son, Grayson in 2015 who is not almost 4 and Laura and Christoph were married last year.
So now a new chapter begins, God calling me back to my roots. Back to where my Gran, Agnes Reston would bring me to church when we stayed over on a Saturday night in Ladeside Road, to hear Rev Fletcher who was the minister at the time.
God works in mysterious way, his wonders to perform. If we just take time to stop and listen he will speak with us, guide us and encourage us down the road he has planned for each of our lives.
I wonder what exciting things God has in store for Blackburn & Seafield Church in the coming years? Watch this space!
God Bless,
Sandra Boyd


Mackie Family - Elaine, Sandra,
Kenneth, Agnes & Alex




Alistair, Lawson, Christoph, Laura, Sandra, Agnes






Grayson & Alistair





Sandra Boyd







Blackburn And Seafield Church Of Scotland

Scottish Charity Number: SCO 24154