New minister called by congregation
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