At a meeting of the Inverness, Lochaber and Ross Presbytery last night, Rev. Angus Macrae accepted the call from Free North, Inverness to become their new minister.
Free North has been vacant since 2018 after Rev. Colin L. MacLeod moved on to serve in Gairloch.
Mr Macrae grew up in Laxdale, Isle of Lewis, and trained for ministry after studying at Edinburgh University. His first charge was Kilwinning in North Ayrshire from 1992 to 2001, after which he moved to Dingwall and Strathpeffer Free Church in Ross-shire.
In 2018 Mr Macrae accepted the nomination of Moderator to the Free Church of Scotland and has also been Chair of the Board of Ministry for the past eight years.
Having spent nearly 20 years in Dingwall Mr Macrae was keen to stress his love for the local community, “We are full of gratitude to God for his faithfulness and kindness to us over 19 years of ministry in Ross-shire. The Dingwall and Strathpeffer people will always be our family in Jesus. It is a healthy and loving community focused on pleasing God."
With an expected induction date in May Mr Macrae shared his excitement to see what God had planned for this new season of ministry, "We are excited to see what God will do next to encourage and bless his people in Dingwall and in Inverness. We have a clear sense of call from God to take up a new phase of ministry. We have much to learn, and so much to do but we look forward to getting to know and love a new church family. We expect to be stretched beyond our ability and can only lean on God’s grace for the challenges ahead.“
Mr Macrae is married to Ann, a doctor in Inverness, and they have three adult children.