Free Church Continuing Announces New Moderator-Designate

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2016
Author: Rev John MacLeod

The Moderator for the 2016 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) is to be Rev Timothy McGlynn (53), minister of the Free Church Continuing congregation in Aberdeen.

Brought up in Dunbar, East Lothian, Mr McGlynn served three years in the Gordon Highlanders, with postings to Germany and Northern Ireland.

His conversion while serving with the army in Germany brought big changes for him, as a result of which he undertook studies in the Faith Mission Bible College, Edinburgh. On completion of those studies he assisted with the setting up of a new congregation of the Scottish Reformed Church in Clermiston, Edinburgh, assisting the Pastor, taking Sunday-School classes, conducting open-air meetings and door-to-door work around Edinburgh. During that time he became conscious of being called by the Lord to serve as a minister. He studied for the ministry in the Free Church College. While studying he took responsibility for preaching and pastoring the Scottish Reformed congregation in Clermiston.

Ordained in 1997, he was minister in the Mount Druitt Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia in the Western suburbs of Sydney for three years. He returned to Scotland later in 2000 and was minister in Scalpay from 2001-2008. Since 2008 he has been the minister in Aberdeen.

Mr McGlynn is the current representative of the denomination on the National Council of Affinity (the British Evangelical Council). He holds a Master of Philosophy Degree from the University of Wales (2002). In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.

Married to Agnes, he has two daughters and a son: Sophie is currently pursuing a course in Business Studies at Aberdeen, while Verity and Matthew are pupils in Cults Academy.