Reverend Dean Fostekew


Dean Fostekew

Why do you want to make Scotland the best place for LGBTQ+ young people to flourish and thrive?

I’m convinced that every individual should be allowed to be who they truly are; supported and encouraged to become the best version of themselves that they hope to be. I wish that he had had access to a similar organisation to LGBTQ+ Youth when growing up and feeling isolated.


What is your experience?

I am a priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Rector of a congregation in Edinburgh. Previous to my ordination I worked as a primary school teacher. I was part of the task group that paved the way for the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church to enable all couples to be married in church. I also have a background in mentoring and training.

What do you do for fun?

My husband and I enjoy travelling in warmer climates, spending time with the people we love and being grandparents to six grandchildren. We  live in Edinburgh with two cats. I enjoy cooking and I am a passionate gardener.

What mattered most to you when you were a young person? 

What mattered the most to me when I was a young person was the opportunity to lose myself in the garden; an obsession that’s never left me.