Last night The Commission of Assembly was pleased to confirm Rev. Neil MacMillan had accepted the nomination of Moderator-Designate of The Free Church of Scotland General Assembly for 2020.
Neil MacMillan leads Cornerstone church plant in Morningside, Edinburgh and teaches Mission and Evangelism at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He is a son (and grandson) of the manse and was born in Aberdeen in 1967. He studied politics at the University of Glasgow and went on to train for ministry at the Free Church College, now Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Neil married Louise in 1990 and they have four children, three adult daughters and a teenage son. His life passion is to see Scotland return to the gospel. He loves to run, cycle, read books, eat out and be on holiday with his family.
In 1993 Neil was appointed to lead the revitalisation of Kirkcaldy & Kinglassie Free Church, a congregation based in the Gallaton in Kirkcaldy, a highly deprived housing scheme. During his time in Fife, he served as chaplain to Raith Rovers Football Club and several schools. Whilst in Kirkcaldy he also led a church planting initiative in the nearby town of Dunfermline.
Neil served for seven years on the Board of Trustees of the Free Church of Scotland and chaired the denominational Strategy Group which led to a renewed denominational focus on mission through the local church.
In 2009 Neil returned to Edinburgh where he served as Mission Development Officer for the Free Church of Scotland – equipping ministers and lay leaders for mission and establishing new church planting strategies. In Edinburgh, he was the founding chairman of the East of Scotland Gospel Partnership – a regional coalition for planting gospel churches, and he serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee of Transforming Scotland, a national forum for the re-evangelisation of Scotland.
In September 2014 Neil, Louise and other members of St Columba’s Free Church launched Cornerstone Edinburgh, a new church for Morningside and Bruntsfield. From a core group of 12 people, Cornerstone is now a congregation of around 150 adults and children. Neil serves the wider church planting efforts in Scotland through his leadership of Generation Church Planting. He also serves on the Boards of City to City Europe and City to City UK.
Commenting on his acceptance Neil said, "I love the Free Church of Scotland. It's got a great gospel history and a great gospel future. It will be a joy to serve my colleagues and the wider denomination as Moderator."
The Record - New Editor
In other business, the Commission confirmed John Macdonald as the new editor of The Record Magazine.
Mr Macdonald has taken over from the previous editor Rev. David Robertson who moved to Australia earlier this year to take up a new role as director of Third Space, a project of the Bible City Forum.
Commenting on his new role Mr Macdonald said, "The Record plays an important role in the life of our church. Relying on prayer from the Free Church family, I hope to be able to support the magazine’s excellent contributors and continue David Robertson’s work sharing stories from the life of the Free Church and grappling with the issues that affect us as people following Jesus today. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve the church as editor."
John, 31, is a member at Dunblane Free Church and was previously a Deacon in St Columba’s Free Church, Edinburgh. John is married to Kim and they have three children.
[Main Image: Louise & Neil MacMillan]