Two former Church of Scotland ministers have been admitted to the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland following today’s session at the General Assembly.
Meeting at St Columba’s Free Church on Castle Terrace, the Free Church welcomed Reverend Ivor MacDonald and Reverend Andrew Coghill into the fellowship.
Mr MacDonald was previously minister at Kilmuir and Stenscholl on the Isle of Skye, whilst Mr Coghill ministered at Lochs Crossbost on the Isle of Lewis.
Both men left the Church of Scotland following its decision to induct practicing homosexual ministers ordained before 2009 – a move which they and others believe shows that the Church of Scotland has walked away from the Bible.
Mr MacDonald said: “Since leaving the Church of Scotland I have found a very warm welcome in the Free Church and am finding both space and support to carry out evangelical ministry.
“The Free Church today is very different from the stereotype that is so often peddled. It has had its own difficulties but my experience of it is of a Church that is seeking to be faithful and relevant in that order.
“It has had the courage to make some difficult changes, has emerged the stronger for it and is well positioned to be the clear Christian voice that Scotland so badly needs to hear.”
Mr Coghill said he was very appreciative of the welcome and support he and his family had received within the Free Church and was looking forward now to getting on with the work of the Gospel.
A Free Church of Scotland spokesman said: “Both of these experienced ministers have shown they are ready and willing to stand up for the truth of the Bible in spite of widespread opposition in an increasingly secular Scotland.
“We are delighted to welcome them to the Free Church of Scotland ministry and firmly believe they will be assets to the cause of Christ over the years to come.”