The Commission of Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland met on Wednesday 3rd October. They were pleased to announce Rev. Donnie G. MacDonald, minister of Portree and Bracadale Free Church in Skye, had accepted the nomination of Moderator Designate of the 2019 General Assembly. He succeeds Rev. Angus MacRae, of Dingwall and Strathpeffer Free Church in Ross-shire, who was appointed Moderator in May 2018.
Callum Macdonald, Ferintosh and Resolis Free Church Elder said, "Donnie exhibits all the fruits of the Spirit as a Pastor, preacher and carer for his people. To be in Donnie G’s presence is to just sense his love for all people, feel the joy, peace and to be aware of his overwhelming patience. The Manse overflows with kindness and goodness, have you tasted the scones?!."
"He is a dedicated to the flock and serves them faithfully with gentleness and self-control. Donnie is a passionate preacher, bringing the Gospel to all and especially to the young. There is always a special message for the children. He is loved by his Congregations, past and present."
"We pray that Donnie, Debbie and family are protected during the coming year and have opportunities to serve the Lord nationally and internationally as Moderator. "
Born in Fort William, Mr MacDonald attended Borrodale Primary School and Portree High School eventually moving to Glasgow to study Chemistry and Molecular Biology. While there he shared a flat with two young gentlemen with high potential, Rev. Derek Lamont and Rev. Neil Macmillan, a future Free Church Moderator and Generation Training Director respectively.
Eventually responding to God's leading, he attended the Free Church College, now Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Whilst there he was hugely influenced by Prof. Douglas and Mary MacMillan.
It was during his time in Edinburgh that he met and married his wife Debbie. They now have five children; Stuart, Catriona, Fiona, Mairi and Findlay.
Responding to his acceptance Mr MacDonald said, “It is very humbling to be asked to be Moderator Designate of the Free Church of Scotland General Assembly for 2019. It is an honour to serve Jesus in any capacity and I will do my best to fulfil this responsibility simply but diligently."
Mr MacDonald was ordained and inducted into Ferintosh and Resolis Free Church on 2nd Oct 1992 aged 24. He spent 11 years there before moving to Portree Free Church in 2003. In all, Mr MacDonald has served faithfully for the past 26 years.
"I am very aware that to do so I will be dependent on the prayers and support of many people. It continues to be a challenging, yet exciting, time for the Free Church of Scotland. We are an ever-evolving denomination with a never-changing Gospel."
"The many Free Church congregations scattered throughout the country are working hard to bring that Gospel message to both the urban and rural settings of Scotland, revitalising the old and planting the new. We also remain committed to looking beyond our own borders to explore innovative ways of supporting mission work."
"The need at home and abroad is great, and we have a lot of work to do, but I believe we have the heart to do it. I look forward to playing a part in facilitating the development of the vision and mission of the denomination in the coming year.”
The Commission of Assembly also readmitted Rev. Angus Lamont into the Free Church of Scotland last night. Mr Lamont had been the minister of Dornoch Free Church and London City Presbyterian Church before moving to Peru to serve as Senior Pastor in the Union Church of Lima. He'll be placed on the Register of Minister without a charge available for a call.
[L - R Rev. Angus Macrae (Moderator), Rev. Angus Lamont and wife Anita]
[Cover - Rev. Donnie G. MacDonald (Moderator Designate)]