Ding­wall min­is­ter named Free Church of Scot­land Mod­er­a­tor Des­ig­nate

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THE COM­MIS­SION of Assem­bly of the Free Church of Scot­land met on Wednesday Oc­to­ber 4 when Rev­erend An­gus MacRae, min­is­ter of Ding­wall and Strath­p­ef­fer Free Church in Ross-shire, was an­nounced as the Mod­er­a­tor Des­ig­nate of the 2018 Gen­eral Assem­bly.

He suc­ceeds Rev­erend Derek La­mont of St Columba’s Free Church in Ed­in­burgh.

Rev MacRae has been a Free Church min­is­ter for 25 years. Born in Glas­gow in 1967 he was brought up in Lax­dale, Isle of Lewis, and was ed­u­cated at the Ni­col­son In­sti­tute in Stornoway, Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity and the Free Church of Scot­land Col­lege (now Ed­in­burgh The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary).

He was or­dained to the min­istry at Kil­win­ning Free Church, Ayr­shire, in 1992, mov­ing to his present church in Ding­wall in 2001. Mar­ried to Ann, a spe­cial­ity doc­tor car­ing for pa­tients with addictions, the cou­ple has three adult chil­dren.

Rev MacRae said: ‘It is a great hon­our and a priv­i­lege to be elected to serve as next Mod­er­a­tor of the Free Church Gen­eral Assem­bly. I would welcome the prayers of the Chris­tian fam­ily around the na­tion as I pre­pare for this re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘The church faces many chal­lenges in our sec­u­lar era but I am thank­ful for God’s in­cred­i­ble kind­ness and faith­ful­ness to the Free Church.

‘This decade has seen vi­brant growth and re­newal in many lo­cal churches and the de­nom­i­na­tion as a whole is united and en­cour­aged.

‘I am thank­ful for a steady stream of new lead­ers in train­ing. Our churches and sem­i­nary are work­ing to­gether to meet the needs of ex­ist­ing churches and an ex­cit­ing move­ment of new church plants around Scot­land.

‘The Gen­eral Assem­bly is not just a talk­ing shop. It is an op­por­tu­nity for lead­ers to meet to­gether in God’s pres­ence. Our vi­sion is to work to­gether to bring the mes­sage of an un­chang­ing gospel to all the peo­ple of our land.

‘We do this in­di­vid­u­ally, to­gether in our lo­cal churches and in gospel part­ner­ship with all those who re­spect the author­ity of the Bi­ble as God’s mes­sage for truth for ev­ery age.’ Rev MacRae is chair­man of the Board of Min­istry, a group ap­pointed by the Gen­eral Assem­bly to ar­range for train­ing and pas­toral care of can­di­dates for the min­istry.

He is in­ter­ested in train­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of church lead­ers and in de­vel­op­ing praise and wor­ship that is rich in Bi­ble con­tent and fo­cused on God. He sup­ports in­ter­na­tional mis­sion and has a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in East Asia and the work of OMF In­ter­na­tional.

Clive Bailey, a mem­ber of the Board of Min­istry, wel­com­ing the ap­point­ment, said: ‘The nom­i­na­tion of An­gus MacRae as Mod­er­a­tor Des­ig­nate is very suit­able. An­gus brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and breadth of vi­sion, de­vel­oped through­out his pas­toral min­istry and chair­man­ship of the Board of Min­istry. He has a ser­vant heart and a pas­sion to see God’s king­dom ex­tended both in Scot­land and world­wide. We pray God’s rich­est bless­ing on An­gus and Ann as God pre­pares them for their ser­vice in the com­ing year.’

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Free Church of Scot­land visit www. freechurch.org or con­tact of­fices@ freechurch.org

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