The Moderator-designate for the 2014 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) is Rev Allan Murray, until recently the minister of the Free Church Continuing congregation of Brora.
Mr Murray was born in the village of Shawbost in the Isle of Lewis in 1938. He was educated in Shawbost, Stornoway, and Glasgow University. where he graduated in Dentistry.
He worked for a short time in Bathgate, West Lothian, where he attended Bathgate Baptist Church where the Gospel was preached in simple, plain terms, and with much urgency. There, Mr Murray came under strong convictions under the influence of the Spirit of God, and was enabled to close in with Christ. This meant massive changes in lifestyle, and world view, and he is thankful to God, for bringing him from such darkness to the light of the gospel. After moving to Glasgow he met his wife, Maureen. They have five of a family, now mostly spread around the world.
Having spent twenty-three enjoyable years in general dental practice, Mr Murray felt called to study for the ministry. He sold his practice and studied at the Free Church College, Edinburgh, for three years, and accepted a call to the charge of Rogart and Scourie in 1988.
When the division took place in the Free Church in January 2000, Mr Murray adhered to the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) and ministered to a small group meeting in Brora, and, until 2008, to two other small groups meeting in Scourie and Lochinver.
Mr Murray retired from the charge of Brora in November 2013, but continues to live in Brora, and still worships with the Brora congregation.