Provost Poobalan is the eighth Provost of St Andrew’s Cathedral. He trained to Priesthood in the Scottish Episcopal Church and served his Title at St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Edinburgh. He was then invited to serve as Priest in Charge at St Clement’s Episcopal Church in Mastrick, Aberdeen in 1997. In 2001, he was invited again to serve as the Rector of St John’s, Aberdeen. In November 2015, he was Installed as Provost of St Andrew’s Cathedral.
Isaac hails from a Christian family in South India where his father served as an Evangelist in the Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore, a Medical Mission founded by Dr Ida Scudder. He trained in Adult Nursing and specialised in Psychiatric Nursing in CMC Vellore. He served in the UAE Armed Forces Medical Corps for four years and retired after the Desert Storm, the first Gulf War where he was part of the Allied Forces.
He moved to Edinburgh to train for ministry in the Anglican Church and received his Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology (Mth Ministry) at the New College in the University of Edinburgh. He received his Doctor of Ministry in Reformed Theology from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen in 2002.
Isaac is a trained Spiritual Director in the Ignatian Spirituality Tradition and serves as the Chaplain to the Robert Gordon University. He was awarded the ‘Change Maker’ in 2015 for his hospitality to the Islamic community by the South Bank Centre at the Royal Festival Hall.
His Mth thesis was ‘The Role of Imagination in Christian Worship’ and hid D Min thesis was ‘Reformed Eucharistic Worship is a Transforming Event’. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Vellore, UK a charity that supports the work of Christian Medical Mission in South India. He Chairs the Friends of Vellore, Scotland.
Isaac loves the Highlands of Scotland and its essence found in the water of life in a range of Malt Whiskies. He enjoys a wide range of music and reading widely. His passion for The Galilean is the force behind all he is and does.
He believes in God’s richest blessings in the people he is given to love in his wife Amu and his two children, Michael and Elizabeth and the wider family in the Church and the City. He keeps company with his fellow Aberdonians mostly from the past and a few in the present. His great Aberdonian companions are Henry Scougal, James and George Garden, Oswald Chambers, Rabbi Duncan and a few others.
He is closely involved with the local Synagogue on Dee Street and Crown Terrace Mosque and organises Solidarity Sunday events periodically, which celebrates the joy of humanity.