Last night marked a special moment as friends, family, and colleagues gathered in Buccleuch Free Church for the ordination of Rev. Dr. Zachary Purvis and his formal induction into the position of Lecturer in Church History at Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS).
Rev. Michael Brown, minister of Chiesa Riformata Filadelfia in Novate Milanese, delivered a message from Ephesians 4:1-16, in which the Apostle Paul encourages the church in Ephesus to live a life worthy of their calling to be humble, gentle, patient, and to maintain unity in the Spirit. Mr Brown encouraged Dr Purvis directly to preach the Word of God with faithfulness and diligence whenever he is called upon to do so. He also reminded everyone present that the Lord Jesus had given the church a good gift that evening by setting apart Dr Purvis for the ministry of the Word.
Rev. Alberto de Paula, the presbytery moderator, played a pivotal role in the service and was assisted by Rev. David Court and ETS Principal Rev. Iver Martin.
A special touch was added by Dr Purvis’ family, who had travelled from America to attend the service.
Dr Purvis began his academic journey at Westminster Seminary California, where he earned his MA in Historical Theology. From there, he continued his academic pursuits, ultimately achieving a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) from the University of Oxford in 2014. Dr Purvis’ passion for the study of church history and theology has taken him around the world.
Before taking on his current role, Dr Purvis held prestigious postdoctoral positions at institutions such as the University of Göttingen, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Edinburgh. Through his commitment to scholarship and research, he has made a significant contribution to the academic community.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Dr Purvis is a loving family man. He shares his life with his wife, Jessica, and their three young children, making their home in the vibrant city of Edinburgh.
As Dr Purvis embarks on this new chapter in his life, we look forward to his contributions to the Free Church of Scotland and Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Please pray for Zach and his family as he continues to train and equip Christians in his role as lecturer at ETS.