The Free Church of Scotland was pleased to welcome two new ministers as well as announcing the 2018 Moderator Designate during Wednesday night's Commission of Assembly.
The Commission wholeheartedly endorsed the applications of Rev. Jonathan de Groot, formerly of the Church of Scotland and Rev. Dr Roger M. Crooks, formerly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Rev. Roger Crooks (L) Rev. Jonathan de Groot (R)
Commissioners welcomed the news that Rev. Angus MacRae had accepted the nomination of Moderator Designate.
Rev. Angus MacRae - Moderator Designate
Mr MacRae, minister of Dingwall and Strathpeffer Free Church in Ross-shire, will succeed the present Moderator, Rev. Derek Lamont of St Columba's Free Church, at the 2018 General Assembly in May.
Mr 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.
Amongst other news, the Commission has agreed to declare the union of Knock and Point Free Church congregations. Having worshipped together since October 2016 they will now move forward together as Garrabost Free Church of Scotland and call their own minister.
Ministerial arrangements were also discussed for Portree and Bracadale, East Kilbride, North East Glasgow and Elgin and Forres congregations.
Rev. Iver Martin, Principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary, was approved as the Free Church Media Spokesperson. Mr Martin's role will combine English and Gaelic Press.
Rev. David Robertson's temporary role as editor of the Free Church magazine, The Record, will now become permanent for the next three years. The Commission also noted with approval his appointment as the Parliamentary Officer.