Renowned min­is­ter re­mem­bered

The Oban Times - - News -

TRIB­UTE has been paid to a renowned min­is­ter, con­fer­ence speaker and friend af­ter he died fol­low­ing a sud­den ill­ness.

Rev­erend Dr Iain D Camp­bell passed away late last month, aged just 53, af­ter fall­ing ill a week ear­lier. As well as be­ing editor of The

Record, the monthly mag­a­zine of The Free Church of Scot­land, Dr Camp­bell was also min­is­ter of Knock and Point Free Churches on the Isle of Lewis.

A funeral ser­vice took place on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 3 at 1.15pm at Stornoway Free Church. Dr Camp­bell was so pop­u­lar that po­lice is­sued a re­quest on the day for mem­bers of the pub­lic to avoid the area be­cause of ex­pected high vol­umes of traf­fic.

Rev James Maciver, min­is­ter of Stornoway Free Church, penned an obit­u­ary for Dr Camp­bell. It reads as fol­lows...

‘News of Rev Dr Iain D Camp­bell’s sud­den death numbed the Western Isles Free Pres­bytery and the tremors from the shock ex­tended through the Free Church and well be­yond.

‘Such was his fit­ness, vigour and drive, no- one could have ex­pected his demise at 53 years of age. Dr Camp­bell grew up in Stornoway. Along with his par­ents and two sis­ters he at­tended the Free Church con­gre­ga­tion there, be­com­ing a com­mu­ni­cant in 1977, aged 14. At an early age he showed an out­stand­ing in­tel­lec­tual abil­ity and spir­i­tual in­sight, to­gether with a re­mark­able elo­quence, which led many to be­lieve, rightly, he was be­ing pre­pared for a pul­pit min­istry.

‘As early as in his mid-teens, he could de­liver a lec­ture or ad­dress with com­pe­tent ease, as was ev­i­dent in youth meet­ings in church or inter-school de­bates. He was Joint Dux of the Nicol­son In­sti­tute in 1980, pro­ceed­ing from there to Glas­gow Univer­sity, grad­u­at­ing MA with First Class Hon­ours in 1985. He then un­der­took the­o­log­i­cal stud­ies at the Free Church Col­lege – now Ed­in­burgh The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary – dur­ing which time he also took ex­ter­nal ex­ams at the Univer­sity of Lon­don, grad­u­at­ing BD with First Class Hon­ours.

‘He was or­dained and in­ducted to Sni­zort Free Church, Skye, in 1988, from which he was called to Back Free Church in 1995, then to Point Free Church in 2009, serv­ing there till his death.

‘A few years af­ter en­ter­ing con­gre­ga­tional min­istry, Dr Camp­bell achieved his Mas­ter of The­ol­ogy de­gree, fol­lowed in 2001 by the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh award­ing him his PhD.

‘Dr Camp­bell was un­der­stand­ably in de­mand as a con­fer­ence speaker through­out the coun­try and over­seas. He was due to go to Korea later this month to de­liver lec­tures at a The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Seoul. In ad­di­tion to his pow­ers of speech he also pos­sessed ad­mirable writ­ing skills, as is ev­i­dent in his many pub­li­ca­tions, a fact that was not lost on the Church which twice ap­pointed him as editor of The

Record, the Church’s mag­a­zine. ‘He had, in ear­lier years, edited the In­struc­tor, the chil­dren’s mag­a­zine of the Church. For many years he con­trib­uted a weekly col­umn to the Stornoway

Gazette, pro­vid­ing stim­u­lat­ing com­ment on lo­cal and na­tional is­sues, but al­ways within a biblical frame­work, in ad­di­tion to ar­ti­cles for Re­for­ma­tion 21, and Tabletalk Mag­a­zine.

Through­out his min­istry, Dr Camp­bell served the Church at var­i­ous times as a mem­ber of com­mit­tees and boards, the most re­cent of which was as vice chair­man of the Board of Ed­in­burgh The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. He was ap­pointed Moder­a­tor of the Free Church Gen­eral As­sem­bly in 2012.

Although gifted in so many fields, Dr Camp­bell’s great love was preach­ing the gospel. It was a preach­ing of the high­est cal­i­bre. His ex­po­si­tion of Scrip­ture was ed­uca­tive, stim­u­lat­ing, thought-pro­vok­ing, evan­ge­lis­tic and ed­i­fy­ing, even for those most ad­vanced in the Chris­tian faith. Dr Camp­bell was a con­sum­mate Re­formed, covenan­tal the­olo­gian who would have en­hanced any the­o­log­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion in the world.

While we lament his pass­ing and mourn the fact we will never hear his voice in a pul­pit again, we are thank­ful to have a large re­source of his recorded ser­mons and lec­tures.

We ex­tend sin­cere con­do­lences to his widow Anne, to their sons Iain and Stephen, and daugh­ter Emily, to his mother Lily and his sis­ters, Mar­garet and Alma. We also re­mem­ber the con­gre­ga­tion of Point Free Church who lament the death of their beloved min­is­ter.’

The Rev Dr Iain D Camp­bell.

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