Former BBC journalist licensed by Free Church

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A former BBC journalist has become the first Free Church College student to be licensed this year, following a service on the Isle of Lewis on Friday evening.

Colleagues, friends and family gathered at Cross Free Church, Ness, for the special service after Alasdair MacAulay successfully completed his Presbytery trials for license.

The Moderator of the Western Isles Presbytery, Reverend Ruaraidh MacLean, preached from Acts 6 on the priority of prayer and the ministry of the word.

Mr MacAulay was then addressed by Reverend Kenneth Ferguson, minister at Ness, on 1 Timothy 4:16: “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Vacant congregations can now officially approach Mr MacAulay for a possible call.

He was brought up in a Christian home on the island, and was converted at the age of 21 whilst working in the offshore fabrication yard at Arnish in Stornoway.

Soon after that he moved to Inverness to take up employment with the BBC as a journalist, working mostly in Gaelic radio.

After seven years in the Highland capital, Mr MacAulay returned home to Lewis having got engaged to Mairi, and they married the following year in 2001.

He received his Bachelor of Theology with distinction after studying at the Free Church College in Edinburgh, and will graduate at the University of Glasgow on Thursday, 28th June.