Moderator Designate appointed

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KNOCK Free Church Minister Rev James Maciver will be officially appointed as Moderator Designate for the Free Church of Scotland at the General Assembly in Edinburgh next week.

His appointment was celebrated at a robing ceremony at his own church recently to mark the occasion.

Mr Maciver, aged 56, is from Aird Tong, Lewis and has been the minister at Knock Free Church, Point, since May 1997.

He is married to Donna, a native of Point and together they have three children – Kirsteen (33), Iain James (32) and Alasdair Donald (13) – and seven grandsons.

Rev Maciver attended Tong Primary School and The Nicolson Institute before taking a course in agriculture at the North of Scotland College of Agriculture in Aberdeen.

He began studies for the ministry of the gospel at Glasgow University in 1981, graduating MA in Hebrew and Medieval History in 1984.

He received his BC from London University in 1987 and that same year graduated DipTh from the Free Church College, Edinburgh, before being inducted as minister of East Kilbride Free Church in September.

During his ten years at East Kilbride he served as part-time lecturer at the Glasgow Bible College and as a chaplain at the East Kilbride Campus of Cambuslang College.

Mr Maciver has been involved in various aspects of church administration since 1990 – serving as Clerk to the Southern Synod, Clerk to the Youth Committee and Clerk to the Western Isles Presbytery.

In 2000 he was appointed Principal Clerk to the General Assembly, which, along with Assembly business, involved being a member of the Board of Trustees, Convener of the Nominations committee, Convener of the Nominations Committee, Convener of the Legal Group, Custodier of Titles, Clerk to the Assembly Arrangements Committee and Clerk to the Ecumenical Relations Committee.

In his work as Principle Clerk her enjoys meeting people from other churches in the UK and from other countries.

Pictured above are Rev Maciver with his wife Donna and son Alasdair.