New min­is­ter called by con­gre­ga­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Ruther­glen Old Parish Church have taken an­other step for­ward in their search for a new min­is­ter.

And their pro­posed new man could be a fa­mil­iar face - as his wife is the min­is­ter at To­ry­glen Parish Church.

Rev Calum MacLeod, who is cur­rently at Car­don­ald Parish Church, has re­cently preached as the sole nom­i­nee at the Old Parish and was elected to the post by the con­gre­ga­tion af­ter­wards.

The con­gre­ga­tion’s de­ci­sion now has to be up­held by Glas­gow Pres­bytery, who will next meet on June 20.

If all goes to plan he will be in place at some point over the summer.

Ruther­glen Old Parish Church’s ses­sion clerk Hugh Mil­lar said: “Mr MacLeod is a very ex­pe­ri­enced min­is­ter whose con­duct of our ser­vice on May 7 was both ex­em­plary and uplift­ing and we shall look for­ward to be­ing guided by him with both wis­dom and good hu­mour.”

Mr MacLeod’s wife Ada took over at To­ry­glen Parish Church at the start of 2016. The cou­ple have three adult chil­dren. The Rev. Calum MacLeod, BA (Hons), BD (Hons), comes from the Outer He­bridean is­land of Bern­eray and is a na­tive speaker of Gaelic.

He was ed­u­cated at the Uni­ver­sity of Stir­ling, where he read phi­los­o­phy, and at the Uni­ver­sity of Ed­in­burgh, where he read Christian dog­mat­ics in the Fac­ulty of Di­vin­ity.

Whilst study­ing for the min­istry in New Col­lege, Ed­in­burgh, he spe­cialised in the­o­log­i­cal sci­ence.

Af­ter com­plet­ing an As­sis­tantship in Cad­der, Bish­op­briggs, he was or­dained as As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of St Machar’s Cathe­dral in Aberdeen in 1979.

In 1984, he be­came Min­is­ter of the Old Parish Church of Ar­broath and was Min­is­ter of Howard Saint An­drew’s Parish Church in Kil­marnock, from 1989 un­til 2007, when he was called to be the Min­is­ter of Car­don­ald Parish Church.

He prides him­self on be­ing com­puter lit­er­ate and us­ing them to ben­e­fit the min­istry

Ruther­glen Old Parish Church have been without a min­is­ter for the past five years.

They were pre­vi­ously linked with a union with Ruther­glen West and Ward­lawhill Church but in May last year the Pres­bytery of Glas­gow gave ap­proval for both churches to call new min­is­ters.

The Re­former re­cently told how Ruther­glen West and Ward­lawhill Church’s new min­is­ter was Mal­colm Cuth­bert­son.

He of­fi­cially takes over to­mor­row, May 18.

Mean­while, Ruther­glen Old Parish Church of­fer a warm wel­come to ev­ery­one at their 11am Sun­day morn­ing ser­vices, and at their Thought­ful Thursday ser­vices from noon un­til 2pm.

We shall look for­ward to be­ing guided by him with both wis­dom and good hu­mour”

New start The con­gre­ga­tion at Ruther­glen Old Parish Church are get­ting ready to wel­come their new min­is­ter (inset) Rev Calum MacLeod

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