Gardenstown New Church in Banff will welcome Rev. Robin Gary as their new minister later this month.
The congregation has been vacant for just under a year since the retirement of Rev. Donald N. Martin in 2018.
Robin spent his second-year summer placement at Gardenstown with Donald, and upon his graduation from Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS) and licensing by the Presbytery of Glasgow and Argyll in June the congregation voted to call him to the charge.
Robin said: "It is a privilege and also a great responsibility to share the news of God's saving love in Jesus with others. It is a message I still need to hear and apply to myself every day. I am very grateful to the congregation of Gardenstown New Church for their warm welcome and value prayer for our family and ministry."
The congregation is very grateful to Rev. Murdo MacLeod, minister of Nairn Free Church, for his help and guidance as Interim Moderator, and to all those who came to Gardenstown to preach during the vacancy.
[Image (L-R) Jessica, Megan and Robin]
Robin was born and brought up in the town of Lanark and educated at Lanark Grammar School, the University of Aberdeen and Trinity College, Dublin. On graduating he began working first as a researcher and then as a reporter for STV, specialising in current affairs and politics. He then moved on to work for the BBC and several independent production companies.
It was due to a drug addiction that Robin encountered the gospel, came to faith and eventually recovered from his addiction. He served first as a ministry apprentice in the Free North congregation in Inverness before beginning his studies at Edinburgh Theological Seminary as a Free Church candidate three years ago.
Robin is married to Megan and they have moved to the village with their newborn daughter, Jessica.
Robin's Induction: 24th August 2 PM Gardenstown New Church - Teas/Food in the village hall at 4:30 PM.