The brother-in-law of Point Free Church Minister Rev ID Campbell is to become the Moderator Designate for the 2014 General Assembly.
Cobham minister Rev David Miller will succeed Rev Angus Howat in May.
He said: “It is an enormous honour and privilege to be appointed Moderator Designate of the Free Church.
“I would welcome the prayers of all our congregations in the run up to the Assembly for my new role.”
Mr Miller’s parents were missionaries – and he was born in Korea, although he spent most of his childhood in Tasmania, Australia.
After finishing school he completed an Economics degree at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, in 1981 and moved to Edinburgh the following year.
David settled in St Columba’s Free Church under the ministry of Rev Donald Lamont, during which time he worked in the Church of Scotland bookshop.
Feeling led to the ministry, he studied at the Free Church College from 1985 to 1988.
That year he was accepted by the Foreign Missions Board for service in South Africa, for which he was ordained and seconded in March 1989.
He married Margaret (Meg) Campbell of Stornoway in April 1989 – which was the first time her brother Rev Dr Iain D Campbell had officiated at a wedding.
David served in southern Transkei in village ministry for five-and-a-half-years before moving to Dumisani Bible School, to cover the administration, and publishing work.
During this time he also taught courses on Church History, Study Methods, and Old Testament, from in-house Certificate, to first degree level in association with Potchefstroom University. David also gained his own Honours degree in Theology with the university.
Through much of this time he served the Free Church in Southern Africa as Treasurer, with other occasional roles as Clerk and Moderator of Assembly, and Chairman of Finance Committee.
Three sons were born in their time in South Africa – Andrew 19, Ben 17, and John 14 – before the family returned to the UK in summer of 2002.
David then accepted a Church Extension appointment to become the first-ever minister of Cobham, 20 miles south-west of London, in May 2003 – where he continues to serve a decade on.
He still has a keen interest in missionary affairs around the world, and was one of the Free Church’s representatives at the recent International Conference of Reformed Churches event in Wales.
In his spare time, David enjoys reading, as well as keeping up with cricket and Australian-rules football.