Free Church (Continuing) announces Moderator-Designate

Date: Tuesday, 05 February 2019
Author: Rev John MacLeod

The Moderator-designate for the 2019 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) is Rev William Macleod, a native of Stornoway and currently minister at Knightswood, Glasgow. Mr Macleod is expected to take up his duties as Moderator in May.

Mr Macleod comes originally from Stornoway in the Western Isles where he was born in 1951.

He professed faith before leaving home to study at Aberdeen University to study for a BSc degree which he completed in 1972.

During his time at university he became persuaded of his call to the ministry and on completion of his BSc degree became a student at the then Free Church College, Edinburgh.

Completing his studies there in 1975, and aware of his relative youth for the ministry at age 23, he went on to study at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, where he completed a Masters degree in Systematic Theology in 1976.

Returning to Scotland he was ordained and inducted to Partick Free Church, Glasgow.

In 1981 he married Marion Johnston, the daughter of the late Rev Alasdair Johnston, who was at that time the Free Church minister of Dumbarton. They have three adult children: Murdo makes films including a highly-acclaimed one on the reformer John Knox and is married to Csilla from Hungary; Alasdair is minister of Knock and Point Free Church (Continuing) in Lewis, and he and Esther his wife have two boys; Christina is married to Ian and they have two young children.

Following seventeen years as minister of Partick Free Church, Mr Macleod accepted a call to be minister at Portree in 1993 and then in 2006 to Knightswood Free Church (Continuing) where he ministers at present.

He has also served the Church as editor of the denomination’s monthly magazine, the Free Church Witness, from 2000 to 2017, as Principal of the Free Church Seminary from 2003 to 2014 and still serves as lecturer in Systematic Theology. He also served as Moderator of the 2005 General Assembly.

For further information:

Rev William Macleod
(0141 959 0292)

Rev. John MacLeod (Media Officer and Principal Clerk of Assembly
(07879 481502 or 0845 1297055)