A new church plant in the west of Inverness will begin this Sunday (8 March).
West Church Inverness will be led by 38-year-old Rev Andrew McMillan, who was previously minister of Dalneigh and Bona Church of Scotland.
The group will be meeting initially in the Bishop’s Palace in Eden Court, before deciding on a permanent venue.
Sunday services will be at 11am and 6.30pm.
Affiliated with the Free Church of Scotland, it is the first time the denomination has started a new church in Inverness for 30 years – the last being the thriving Smithton-Culloden congregation.
Rev Andrew McMillan (pictured below) said: “I'm delighted to be joining the Free Church and to be heading the new church plant in the west of Inverness.
“The Free Church has a rich heritage in Scotland, having taken a faithful stand in 1843 over the issue of the Headship of Christ alone over His church.
“Since then, and particularly in recent years it has demonstrated a desire to remain unswerving in its commitment to biblical and reformed orthodoxy, whilst at the same time trying to ensure that the Good News of Jesus Christ is advanced in our contemporary, secularised culture.
“We as West Church look forward with great expectancy to all that the Lord will have us do to the glory of his name.”
Rev Angus MacRae, Free Church Presbytery Clerk of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross, said: "We look forward to working with the new West Church family as they bring the Christian hope to people on the west side of the city.
“We are delighted that Rev Andrew McMillan will lead this new church and we plan to support and encourage West Church as it partners with our existing congregations.
“Our priority for West Church is to be a God-centred and loving community who follow Jesus.
“We are excited at the huge potential of new churches committed to caring for the needs of the city.”
Rev Colin Macleod, minister of the Free North in Inverness added: “I am looking forward to encouraging and supporting Rev Andy McMillan and the West Church as they begin to meet together on the west side of Inverness.
“We pray God's blessing on this new ministry and trust that with renewed vision and vigour the West Church will be used to preach the Gospel and reach the people with the wonderful good news of Jesus and his love.”
Mr McMillan, who is married to Brenda, is a former Strathclyde police officer and Royal Marine Commando.
After being converted whilst serving in the military, Andrew became a member then elder in his local parish church in Denny, before sensing a call to ministry.
He trained at the University of Edinburgh, before being ordained to Dalneigh and Bona at the beginning of 2012.
The 38-year-old left the Church of Scotland last month in protest as it continues to walk away from Biblical teaching on several issues.