Dunfermline Free Church welcomed Greg Doty to their congregation at the weekend as their new Church and Communities Worker.
Over the past few years, the congregation had been searching for someone to help share some of the workload from minister Rev. Jeremy Ross and others, helping to free up their time to pursue and strengthen new relationships within the community.
Mr Ross said, "We live in a town of 53,000 serving another 20,000 in smaller towns and villages where most people don’t follow Jesus. We're a relatively small congregation but we've grown to a point where we need help to take it to the next level in reaching people for the Gospel."
The Free Church of Scotland's mission organisation, 'Generation', has developed a partnership with Mission to the World (MTTW), the international mission wing of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Congregations including Dunfermline were invited by Generation to submit a proposal on how they might use a worker sponsored by MTTW.
Mr Ross explained, "We submitted our proposal to MTTW and prayed for the Lord's provision. We were eventually matched to Greg Dotty by MTTW and Generation."
"Greg had been Executive Pastor at a PCA congregation, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis (EPA) for 10 years. He'd come to Scotland, visiting Dundee and St Andrews on short mission trips eventually becoming persuaded that Scotland should be where he served God."
"Greg will be concentrating on a few areas of work, particularly youth and discipleship which he has experience of and will be taking up some preaching duties as well. In the community, the hope is that Greg and his family simply live out their Christian lives making friends with folks who they are able to share the Good News with."
"Dunfermline Free Church is thankful for Mission To The World, Generation and everyone who has sponsored Greg to join us. We’re thankful to EPA for their role in sending and supporting Greg. We’ve got a full-time worker, trained and experienced, which we couldn’t afford and to us, he’s free of charge. Give thanks for those who send us helpers."
When asked how the wider Church could pray for the Dunfermline congregation Mr Ross said, "We’d love you to pray for the Dotys. It’s not just Greg, but his wife Leanne who has left her work (now not allowed to work for immigration reasons) and Renee (14) and Kaitlin (10). They keep smiling but we know it’s hard and they miss lots of people along with school systems and ways of doing things they were familiar with. Pray that they’d all be happy here."
"Our prayer is that the success of Greg’s work here will make it clear that God called him here because God had an obvious purpose to use him to bring many people from Dunfermline to himself through Greg’s work and witness. Please join us by praying for success."
[Image: John Morrison (Elder), Jeremy Ross (Pastor), Greg Doty (Elder)]