Last Friday, Rev Dr Wayne Pearce, former APC Minister of Skye and Harris, was inducted as the new Minister of Stornoway High Church of Scotland which has been vacant since the retirement of Rev Willie Black in 2011.
The Church on Matheson Road was full as Rev Tommy Macneil, Moderator of Lewis Presbytery, led the Service of Induction, preaching on the primacy of God’s Word from Nehemiah chapter 8.
The charges to the new Minister were given by Rev Ian M M Macdonald, former Interim Moderator of the High Church Kirk Session, while the charges to the congregation were given by the Right Reverend John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who had travelled to Stornoway specially for the occasion. Also present were Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator Designate of the General Assembly, and Rev Colin Caskie from Perth Presbytery. Rev Terence Taggart, the newly inducted Priest at St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Stornoway, associated with Lewis Presbytery for this special occasion, as did Rev Donald John Morrison and Rev Bruce McNicol from Uist Presbytery.
Following an uplifting Induction Service, the congregation moved to Stornoway Town Hall for a memorable social event with presentations, speeches and musical contributions from Willie Campbell, Duncan Mackinnon, Noel Eadie and Jane Hepburn.
In line with tradition, Dr Pearce was ‘preached into’ his new pulpit by Rev Dr Angus Morrison on the following Sunday morning.
Commenting on his new role, Dr Pearce said: “I am so thankful to the Lord for calling me to the High Church and to the congregation and wider Church of Scotland for their warmth of welcome, prayerful good wishes, enthusiasm and support. By the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, it is our goal to educate, edify and encourage our Church family at the High that we might bring the knowledge of Jesus and His glorious Gospel to those outside the Church by our words and works. It is our great desire to put the Church back at the heart of our community”. Dr Pearce is married to Margaret and they have three children between the ages of 11 and 22.