Our People

Rector – Liz O’Ryan

Hello! My name is Liz O’Ryan and I am mother of three grown up children, wife to Phil and Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Haddington. I grew up in Oxfordshire and spent twenty years in south Birmingham where I taught Primary School children for 15 years, got married and had the family. When Phil’s job brought him to Scotland – Greenock to be precise – I had never visited beyond Manchester (!) – but now, twenty years later I can say that the move north has  the best thing for me and all the family.

When I arrived in Scotland the children were small and it took me years to realise my lifelong calling to the priesthood. But in 2011 I was ordained deacon, and ordained priest in 2012. After enjoying my three year curacy at St John’s Greenock I became Associate Priest at St Augustine’s, Dumbarton and St Mungo’s Alexandria. After almost five years it was clear God was calling me to move again in order to take on my own parish and through His grace and providence I came to Holy Trinity – going from one side of the country to the other! I took up the post in March 2019.

Since being here I have enjoyed the town and also the beautiful countryside. I have gone walking in the Lammermuirs and feel very much at home amongst the historic buildings which remind me of Oxford. The church and its people remain a constant joy and privilege to minister to. In 2020 we are focussed on our 250th year of our building – although we know that it was actually built on the site of a much older Franciscan Abbey – which has given us a sense of history and our story. The year has involved organising a monthly event which has brought the community together and meant we have got to know each other in new and exciting ways.

Holy Trinity remains one of the most welcoming congregations I have had the pleasure of knowing. We are like a big family. The church is open every day and I hope that those who visit or pop in for a few moments can sense God’s peace and welcome. If you are reading this, please feel free to email me or phone with any queries or questions:


07949 667 135

Sacristan – Judith Wilkinson

I’m Judith Wilkinson. I joined Holy Trinity 32 years ago. As Sacristan, I’m responsible for ordering all the sacramental items required for our Eucharistic worship. I’m also a member of Vestry which I’ve been, in one role or another, every year, except one, since joining!  Is that a record?!!

Rectors Warden – John Elcock

In 1988, my appointment as a Lecturer at the Scottish Agricultural College (from which I have since retired), brought the Elcock family from Surrey to Haddington. Since then we have been proud to call Holy Trinity our spiritual home.

As Rector’s Warden, I do what I can to support Liz in her ministry with us. It is also the job of the Rector’s Warden to look after the fabric of the Church, Rectory and Trinity Centre.

I enjoy sport, ringing bells, singing and am the proud owner of a 1941 vintage tractor.