New minister ends five years of waiting
Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill Church have appointed their first minister in over five years.
The church have called Rev Malcolm Cuthbertson, who is currently at Baillieston Mure Memorial and Baillieston St Andrew’s churches.
The church are hoping that he will take over by the end of May.
Rutherglen West and Wardlawhill’s last minister was the Rev Jack Drummond, who retired at the end of 2011.
Ian Duncan, the session clerk, told the Reformer he was “over the moon” at the appointment.
He said: “We are now in a position where we have elected a new minister.
“He preached as the sole nominee and we sat down and interviewed him.
“After that we put voting papers out to the congregation and it was a unanimous vote in favour, with 116 in favour.
“He has accepted our call and it is now in the hands of Glasgow Presbytery when he will start here.
“Once his feet are under the table we will then look at another issue. Because the area has been designated as a priority area by the Church of Scotland, we are now allowed a part-time worker who can work on the community or youth side of things.” Ian was full of praise for Malcolm. He said: “He has a natural ability to preach. There were no notes and everything came from the heart so the message came over so strongly.
“It was very heartening to see him preach without notes. That was very impressive in itself.”
He was also quick to praise John Nicolson, who has been serving as the church’s locum minister.
Ian said: “John has been our preacher for the past two years and has been absolutely amazing, particularly in his manner with those who are ill or bereaved.
“We are hugely thankful for all the work he has put in.”
The news comes as the church marks the 10th anniversary of the merger between Rutherglen West Parish a Wardlawhill Churches.
“It was definitely needed.” he said. “I think the role of churches will change dramatically in the next 10 years. The Church has to go out to the people and I don’t mean just handing out leaflets.
“The ups over the past few years have been that we’ve had different priests and had variation but the downside has been that we’ve not known where we were going and it has taken a long while to get where we are now.
“That’s why we are looking forward to having a minister again.
“It has been an extremely happy union since 2007 and we want to move forwards.”
It has taken a long time to get to where we are now
Appointment Rev Malcolm Cuthbertson