Rev Thomas Davis is set to become minister of Carloway Free Church on the Isle of Lewis after accepting a call to the vacant congregation.
The 31-year-old father-of-three only recently completed his studies at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, and was licensed for the Free Church ministry last week at Back Free Church by the Western Isles Presbytery.
Mr Davis accepted the call in person at a congregational meeting in Carloway last night (Monday 23 June).
The congregation on the west side of Lewis had been without a minister since Rev Kenny Macleod left in September 2012 to go to Dowanvale Free Church in Glasgow.
A date for Rev Thomas Davis’ induction will be announced in due course.
Back Free Church minister Rev Calum Iain Macleod, from Thomas’ home congregation, spoke of his delight at the news.
He said: “We are all delighted here at Back that Thomas has accepted a call to Carloway Free Church.
“The Davis family hold a special place in our hearts and we are thrilled that they will be returning to Lewis over the coming weeks to settle in Carloway.
“We wish them God’s richest blessing as this exciting new chapter unfolds for them and for the congregation of Carloway.”
Although Mr Davis was born in Aberdeen, he moved to the Isle of Lewis whilst still a baby. He grew up in Stornoway and went to The Nicolson Institute.
After leaving school Thomas successfully completed a degree in Economics and Politics with the Open University whilst working part-time as a postman in Stornoway. During this time he married Una and settled in Back.
After the wedding Thomas began an engineering apprenticeship with Gordon Diesel Services Ltd in Stornoway, which is owned by Una’s father Gordon Maclennan, where he worked from 2003 to 2011.
As well as preaching in several Free Church congregations across Scotland during his time as a ministry student, the Davis family were also very involved in the Kirkcaldy congregation.
It is expected the family will be moving to Carloway over the summer.