Rev. Thomas Penman has been formally welcomed into the Free Church of Scotland as a minister during a meeting of the Western Isles Presbytery on Tuesday morning.
Mr Penman, a recent summer graduate of Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS), has also accepted the call from the South Uist & Benbecula Free Church congregation to serve as their minister.
Mr Penman was thankful for the call to South Uist but realistic about the work ahead, "I am very glad to be able to serve the Lord here in South Uist and Benbecula."
"The truth is, there are many on the Isles who do not know the good news of Jesus, just as there are millions across Scotland in the same position. There is much good work to do."
"Please pray that we would all grow in our love for the Lord, our love for our neighbour, and our desire to see God's name glorified here."
Mr Penman is married to Mhairi and has a daughter, Deborah. He worked in the chemical industry for several years until he felt a call to ministry. Studying part-time in Cornhill he then moved on to ETS and eventually to Perth where he gained experience through a ministry apprenticeship program in Knox Free Church. After two years he moved to Kirkcaldy Free Church, where he served as an Elder while completing his theological studies.
Mr Penman's ordination and induction to the congregation will be held on Tuesday 8th October at 6.00 pm. The service and the following reception will both be held in the Balivanich Hall to which friends and colleagues are cordially invited.