The convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council has been appointed the new head of Christian Aid Scotland.
The Rev Sally Foster-Fulton will take over the helm of the ecumenical charity, which tackles the effects and causes of poverty with partners around the world on March 1st.
The 51-year-old is stepping down as associate minister at Dunblane Cathedral at the end of February and as convener of the Church and Society Council at the General Assembly in May when her four-year term of office comes to an end.
Mrs Foster-Fulton said she was feeling “excited, daunted and challenged” by the prospect of leading Christian Aid Scotland and “cannot wait to get started”.
“I think I have grown into this new role, it is a natural progression,” she added.
“I have had a wonderful grounding as the convener of the Church and Society Council which has helped me grow into this role - it has been a vertical learning curve and I look forward to continuing to work for a more equal world where all can flourish.
“But it is a bitter sweet time because I have also had a lovely eight-and-a-half years working at Dunblane Cathedral.”
Ms Foster-Fulton, who takes over from the Rev Kathy Galloway as the head of Christian Aid, said the biggest challenge in her new role would be linking local issues in Scotland with those faced by people around the world.
“Christian Aid is all about relationships and works on behalf of partner churches in Scotland and wider afield in an attempt to eradicate poverty - that is what we consistently work for and it resonates in my bones.
“Climate justice, gender justice and tax justice are three of the big aims of Christian Aid and Kathy Galloway has done a remarkable job building the team and connections.
“I hope I can fill those huge shoes and make a different mark.”
The Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, paid tribute to Ms Foster-Fulton’s work as convener – a role that will be taken over by the Rev Richard Frazer of Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.
“Over the last four years Sally has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the Church in Scotland,” said Dr Morrison.
“In that role she has brought a deep passion for justice, a huge ability to communicate effectively and an instinctive creativity and commitment.
“It is wonderful to know that her considerable skills will now continue to be used within Christian Aid, an organisation that the Church of Scotland has partnered with - and learnt from - over the last 70 years.”
Pictured is Rev Sally Foster-Fulton and Rev Kathy Galloway.
Picture courtesy of Chris Flexen.