On Saturday 2nd February 2019, before a congregation of approaching 400, the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross met in Dingwall Academy for the induction of Rev. Calum Iain MacLeod to Urquhart (Ferintosh) and Resolis Free Church.
The Moderator of the Presbytery, Rev. Sandy Sutherland of Fortrose Free Church, led the worship service and spoke on 'Reasons for The Call' using Hebrews 9:27 as a guide.
After Rev. John R de la Haye had led the congregation in the singing of Psalm 67, Mr MacLeod was inducted and welcomed by the gathered ministers associated with the Presbytery.
Having spent the past fifteen years on the Isle of Lewis serving Barvas and Back Free Church, Mr Macleod said he was looking forward to his new charge in Ferintosh and grateful for the people in Back, "We are sorry to be leaving Back after eight years of pastoral ministry in Broadbay. We will be forever grateful for the warmth, kindness and generosity of Back’s fellowship."
"Dina and I are very much looking forward to beginning ministry in Urquhart and Resolis."
The congregation had been vacant since July 2017 with the resignation of Rev. Chris Smart who went on to become Senior Pastor in the Associated Presbyterian Church of America, Tampa, Florida.
Mr Macleod, originally from the Isle of Scalpay in Harris had a Project Management career in Cultural Tourism before applying for the ministry eventually attending Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS) in 2000.
After graduating from ETS in 2003, Mr Macleod began his ministry in Barvas before moving to Back in 2010.
Mr Macleod and his wife Dina have three grown daughters who currently study and work away from home.