About us

Combining statistics and mission is our passion and talent

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Rev. Dr Fiona Tweedie

Brendan Research is the work of Rev. Dr Fiona Tweedie. Fiona has a PhD in Statistics. Having worked as a Lecturer in Statistics for the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Fiona went on to be a Mission Facilitator, Senior Researcher, Mission Statistics Coordinator, and Statistician with a variety of Church organisations.

Why Brendan?

Brendan the Navigator was a sixth century Irish monk, remembered for his missionary and pastoral journeys. A ninth century text – The Voyage of Brendan – made him the hero of a Christian adventure that included voyages to unknown lands far to the west of Ireland. His spirit of exploration, understanding, and vivid descriptions are at the heart of Brendan Research today.

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A variety of skills brings you a variety of solutions

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Rev. Dr Liam Jerrold Fraser

Reverend Dr Liam Jerrold Fraser is Vice-Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Theological Forum, and Minister of St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow. His first book – Atheism, Fundamentalism and the Protestant Reformation – was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018, and Mission in Contemporary Scotland was published by St Andrew Press in 2021. His expertise includes missiology, contemporary Scottish context, and atheism and unbelief.

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Dr Sheila Akomiah-Conteh

Dr Sheila Akomiah-Conteh has a PhD in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen, where she researched the changing landscape of the church in post-Christendom Britain, with a focus on new and emerging churches in Glasgow, Scotland. Sheila is experienced in qualitative and mixed methods research design.

Claire Dalpra

Claire Dalpra brings over 20 years’ experience of research and review work in church circles, focused on mission and fresh expressions of Church and pioneering ministry. Living and working in inner-city Sheffield, she maintains a deep interest in more marginalised groups within the church and local communities. Building on her MA in Pioneering and Emerging Church in 2011, she has developed expertise in action research and arts-based research approaches to accompany more mainstream qualitative research approaches.