Retiring Chairman Thanked For Long Service

May 21, 2020

Outgoing Board of Trustees Chairman James Fraser CBE was thanked for his commitment and 35 years of service to the Church at this week's General Assembly.

In an unprecedented online meeting of the Assembly, Chief Executive Officer, Scott Matheson said, "It's hard to overstate James' influence on the Church. He has led the Board with vision, dedication and a real passion for the Gospel. As a result, congregations have been freed up to focus on mission and evangelism." 

"Vast swathes of church governance have been reformed and finances stabilised."

"It has been my privilege to work alongside James, he has brought some great and unique talents to the role of Chairman."

Mr Matheson ended by thanking Mr Fraser, on behalf of the Church, the Board, and the Free Church offices, for his energy, commitment, vision and leadership.

Mr Fraser responded by saying, "Being Chair of the Board of Trustees has actually been one of the most exciting and interesting things I have done in my whole life."

"It has been a great privilege and I'm very thankful to my colleagues for their prayers and support."

In 1985 Mr Fraser was appointed to the Church’s Finance, Law and Advisory Committee and became a General Trustee in 1989. 

Taking up the Chair of the Finance Committee in 1998, Mr Fraser was later appointed as Board of Trustees Chairman in 2007.  

Mr Fraser's hard work and commitment were recognised in 2014 when he received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honour's for services to Higher Education in Scotland and the Free Church of Scotland.

He remains a Session Clerk and in role of Presbytery Clerk of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross.