Gairloch and Dundonnell welcome a new minister

The Church of Scotland parish of Gairloch and Dundonnell has welcomed a new minister. Rev Stuart Smith was installed at a service on Friday 15 July, attended by many from near and far.

Rev Stuart Smith
Rev Stuart Smith

This will be the Glasgow minister’s second parish ministry. He comes to the post from Partick Trinity, in the city’s West End, where he has served since since 1994.

Mr Smith is married to Elspeth and has a son Cameron who is studying theology at St Andrews University and a daughter Catriona who will enter sixth year at Gairloch High.

“Moving to Gairloch and Dundonnell is a huge privilege, but also really scary”, comments Stuart. “So many things will be new to us, after more than 20 years in the city. But there are some great folk around, and we have the same Gospel to preach and the same God, who calls, to serve.”

With Mr Smith’s arrival, the number of ministers in the Presbytery of Lochcarron/Skye reaches five, when only a couple of years ago there was only one parish minister serving the entire area.

Rev John Murray, the Presbytery Clerk states: “We are delighted that this charge is now filled and we wish Stuart and family well as they settle there. He comes with much experience and that will be a great asset to his congregation and the Presbytery”

The parish fell vacant in 2013 after the demission of Rev Derek Morrison.

The service of induction was led by the Moderator of Presbytery, Donnie MacRae, himself an elder and Session Clerk at Gairloch. Rev Douglas Horne of Tain preached the sermon and the charges to the congregation and the new minister were given by John Murray.