Minister Takes Up Chief Executive Role

Free Church minister, Rev. Jeremy Ross, is set to become the new Chief Executive of Blythswood Care.

A Free Church of Scotland minister is set to move on from church ministry to take up the role of Chief Executive of the Christian charity Blythswood Care. 

Rev. Jeremy Ross has been a minister of Dunfermline Free Church of Scotland, known as New City Church, for the past nine years. He has previously spoken about the church saying, “We want to reach the city and be known as a church in our city, fulfilling our mission as a congregation which is to Love God, love his people and love our community. ” 

Jeremy will be moving on from his role as minister at the end of August to take up the post of Chief Executive Designate of Blythswood in October and take over as Chief Executive in February next year. 

Blythswood is a Christian charity with a vision to transform lives through the impact of education, community action and gospel ministry. 

The charity is a cause very much close to Jeremy’s heart. He is the second son of the late Rev. Jackie Ross, one of the founders in the 1960s and a previous leader of Blythswood. Jeremy worked for Blythswood between 1998 and 2007 and has served as a trustee since 2021. 

Jeremy said, “Since I began ministry in 2007, I’ve supported Blythswood from a distance with different appeals and two visits to projects in India.  Since joining the board in 2021, I’ve become more passionate about continuing the impact for good Blythswood has had on millions of people both by sharing Good News and helping with other aspects of life, so I’m excited to be taking on this role.” 

The current Chief Executive, James Campbell, is retiring in the Spring of 2024 after 26 years of loyal and committed service, during which he has overseen a significant change in the way the charity delivers its charitable objectives. 

David Laing, Chairman of Trustees at Blythswood Care, said, “We were searching for a successor who shares our core conviction that everyone needs salvation through Jesus; someone who loves working with people – colleagues, volunteers, project partners and those who support Blythswood prayerfully and financially; and someone who will build on our unique history and legacy to take the organisation forward in the next phase of its ministry – recognising that it is God who directs and resources what we do.  We are looking forward to working with Jeremy as he leads us in this next phase.” 

Jeremy said, “Fiona, the boys and I have enjoyed friendship and fellowship from both the congregation in Poolewe and Aultbea and, more recently, Dunfermline, so we’re looking forward to being part of a church wherever we settle nearer Blythswood’s offices.  I hope to be able to serve the church where I can, and whilst Blythswood is supported by Christians from different churches throughout the country, I’m also looking forward to connecting with volunteers and congregations from the Free Church who have been great supporters of Blythswood’s ministry.”