Rev Dr Angus Morrison
Rev Dr Angus Morrison is the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He succeeds Very Rev John Chalmers.
Rev Dr Morrison, minister of Orwell and Portmoak Church in the Presbytery of Perth, was forced to withdraw from the role last March to battle cancer. Now fully recovered, he says he is excited about the year ahead.
Rev Dr Morrison said: "It is a great honour to have been nominated as Moderator Designate for 2015.
"I am thankful that a very good recovery, following surgery, has made it possible for me to accept the nomination.
"My wife and I are deeply appreciative of the support and prayers of so many across the Church during this recent difficult period. In dependence on God's grace, I look forward to the opportunities and challenges of the year ahead."
Rev Dr Morrison was born in Glencoe in 1953. As his father worked for the Northern Lighthouse Service, the young Angus went to school in Oban, Stromness and Edinburgh before progressing to higher education at the University of Glasgow. He undertook further studies at Pisa University and London University before a PhD at Edinburgh University (New College).
Rev Dr Morrison's church career began when he was ordained in the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland in 1979. After ministries in Oban and Edinburgh he transferred into the Church of Scotland, became the minister of St Columba's Old Parish Church in Stornoway and is now Minister at Orwell and Portmoak Parish Church.
Rev Dr Morrison, who has a degree in Classics and speaks Italian and Gaelic, is married to Marion who is a primary school teacher in Fife. The couple have four children between the ages of 16 and 29.
During his time in the Church of Scotland he has made a significant mark, serving as a:
- Member of the Church and Nation Committee, latterly on the Europe Group
- Member and then Vice Convener of Panel on Doctrine
- Moderator of the Presbytery of Lewis
- Convener of Working Group on Human Sexuality
- Convener of the Mission and Discipleship Council
- Member of the Special Commission on Same-sex relationships and the Ministry
- Chaplain in 2005 and 2006 to the Lord Mackay of Clashfern when he served as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly
- Chaplain to the Queen
Rev Dr Angus Morrison said despite the challenges of our time, he is optimistic about the church's future. "The Church exists, not for itself, but as God's agent for the extending of His kingdom's just and gracious rule in the world," he said.
"The mission of our Lord continues, and it is our privilege and responsibility to join him in this. In that connection, good news stories are plentiful of faithful and imaginative work going on in congregations and parishes throughout Scotland.
"Despite all the problems we face, God's Spirit is evidently at work among us. The challenge before us is to resist distraction, allowing the commission given to us by Jesus himself, to 'go and make disciples', to remain firmly at the top of our agenda.
"My main hope and prayer for the year ahead is that it may be possible to encourage a fresh focus on the centralities of our faith and calling, and that we may find new ways to bring encouragement and support to one another, so that in the power of the Holy Spirit, the vital ministries with which we have been entrusted, in fellowship with all God's people, may truly flourish, for the enrichment of the people of Scotland and beyond."