The Revd Gareth J M Saunders

About me

Born in Edinburgh in 1971, I grew up in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

I studied Practical Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of St Andrews, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Divinity (Hons).

Following a few years working in textile mills in the Scottish Borders, and with homeless young people in London, I moved to Edinburgh where I read for a Master of Theology in Ministry at the University of Edinburgh, while completing my ordination training with the Scottish Episcopal Church.

I was ordained deacon in 1999 and priest in 2000. I served my curacy at St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness, and then three parish churches in Edinburgh before I moved into full-time web development in 2006.

Personal interests

I was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain between 1987–1997; I am now involved with NYCGB alumni choir.

In 2006 I co-wrote the third edition of Teach Yourself Mahjong for Hodder Education.

I am currently writing my second book, about my experiences in NYCGB.

I enjoy reading, web development, playing guitar, and listening to music (see my 195 metal CDs project).


I am currently employed as web architect in the digital communications team at the University of St Andrews, where I’ve been employed since May 2006.

My primary interests and experiences are in:

  • Agile project management (Scrum, DSDM, and XP)
  • Business analysis
  • CSS frameworks
  • HTML
  • Information architecture.
  • JavaScript and jQuery
  • PHP
  • TerminalFour Site Manager (enterprise CMS)
  • WordPress

I may be available for working on small web projects. Check out my projects page and feel free to get in touch.