On Saturday the 2nd December, the Presbytery of Glasgow and Argyll inducted Rev. Dr Roger Crooks as minister of Campbeltown Free Church. Dr Crooks was formerly a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, ministering in the congregation of Belvoir, in South Belfast.
Rev. Ivor MacDonald, the Presbytery Moderator, led the service, welcoming family, friends and members of the other churches in attendance. Thankfulness and joy were expressed through-out as this was the congregation's first full-time minister in 22 years.
Mr MacDonald preached from Nehemiah 2 on the 'Courage of Faith'. Rev. James Beaton addressed the new minister; that he should be like Jesus, full of grace and truth while Rev. Finlay Mackenzie spoke to encourage the congregation to persevere and not to grow weary in doing good.
Mr Graham Moller and Mrs Flora Gillespie presented gifts to welcome Dr Crooks and his wife, Joan, to the church. The Session Clerk, Calum Ferguson, expressed the congregation’s grateful thanks to the Interim Moderator, Rev. Finlay Mackenzie, and his wife, Christine, who had both done so much to help in recent years.
(Image: Rev. Dr Roger Crooks)
Dr Crooks said he was "honoured to be called to be the minister of Campbeltown Free Church", which he had already found to be a "warm group of friendly people of faith". In his closing remarks, he said he "looked forward to ministering to them in the months and years ahead". He thanked the Presbytery, all who had worked to prepare for the induction and everyone who had come along; some from England, Northern Ireland and the North of Scotland.
Please pray for the Campbeltown congregation as well as Dr Crooks and his wife Joan as he takes up his new post.
(Group Image: L-R Calum Ferguson, Rev. Finlay Mackenzie (Interim Moderator), Rev. Dr Rodger Crooks, Joan Crooks and Rev. Ivor MacDonald, Moderator of Presbytery)