The congregation of Dunblane Free Church are delighted that, along with his wife Joanna, Rev. Allan Shearer has accepted their call to become their minister.
Dunblane has been vacant for six years, since the retirement of much-loved former minister Rev. Alasdair MacDonald. Alasdair oversaw the development of the congregation from a Church Extension to a Charge in its own right. Having been encouraged by the arrival of new families into the church in the last year, the congregation look forward with great anticipation to what the Lord has planned for this new stage of their witness in Dunblane.
Allan said, "Joanna and I are very excited about the call to Dunblane Free Church. We are so thankful for the prayers of brothers and sisters in Christ while awaiting a call and in considering the call to Dunblane. We are looking forward to joining the team. Please continue to pray for us and Dunblane because we know that it not by might and not by power but by God's Spirit that His work is done.”
The congregation are very grateful to the Kirk Session, Rev. Ken Cameron, Ally Lunan and Session Clerk Innes Macleod; and to Deacon Gavin Millar. Their dedication to the church and their heart for the people of Dunblane has maintained a unity of purpose during an extended period of vacancy and has ensured that the church is active in reaching out with the gospel to the town it serves.
The congregation is also indebted to Rev. David Ford who, as Interim Moderator, has organised excellent pulpit supply and has led the vacancy committee graciously and effectively.
Subject to the approval of Presbytery, Allan’s induction will be held in St Blane’s Church of Scotland on the afternoon of Saturday 5th October 2019.