Free Church (Continuing) Announces New Moderator-Designate

Date: Wednesday, 08 February 2017
Author: Rev John MacLeod

The Moderator for the 2017 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) is to be Rev Robert McCurley, minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) congregation in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

Mr McCurley (44) was born on a US Army base in the Reformation city of Augsburg, Germany, where his father was stationed for a few years as a linguist in army intelligence.

His father subsequently became a minister and Rob grew up as a son of the manse. Conversion at age 17 brought great changes and eventually led to a call to the ministry.

He studied at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, South Carolina, USA, gaining a M.Div. and was ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. His first charge was the OPC congregation in Bristol on the Tennessee/Virginia border.

He entered the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) 2002 and served in Smiths Falls, Ontario (Canada) from 2002-2005. He later moved to the new preaching station in Greenville, South Carolina and became its minister when a year later the preaching station gained the status of a recognised congregation.

Rob has been married to Jeannette for 21 years. They have five children: Calvin (20), Genna (18), Alexander (16), Thomas (14) and Sammy (8). Calvin is studying electrical engineering at university. The other four are home-schooled.

He is a widely-travelled visiting preacher, having received invitations to preach in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Russia and various places throughout the US.

He is currently completing a ThM degree in the field of 17th century Reformed Scholasticism.

In his free time he enjoys reading and time with the family.

PR 20170208
08 February 2017

For further information:
Rev. John MacLeod
Senior Media Officer and Principal Clerk of Assembly
(0845 1297055 or 07879 481502)

Rev. Rob McCurley (00) 1 864 610 0227