Minister scoops Woman of the Year award
Published on 15 December, 2017
A Kirk minister has been named Woman of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Rev Aquila Singh said she was stunned and humbled to be recognised at the 12th Scottish Asian and Business Awards in Glasgow.
The Woman of the Year accolade recognises the achievements of an inspirational person who has made a positive impact on society.
Ms Singh, who was ordained and inducted into Fernhill and Cathkin Parish Church in Rutherglen last January, was voted for by the public.
“I am honoured to receive this award, it has been quite a year for me,” she said.
“I began it being ordained and inducted into my first charge, and I ended it winning Woman of the Year.
“It was quite a night with lots worthy people winning awards, including many women.”
Ms Singh, the Church's first female Asian minister who still thinks of herself as the ‘wee lassie from Pollokshields’, said “God worked in many strange and wonderful ways”.
“If you would have told me eight-years-ago that I would become a minister and then win Woman of the Year I would have laughed heartily at the suggestion,” she added.
“I want to thank the Church of Scotland for believing enough in me in the first place and accepting me into the ministry programme.
“It was hard work and at times challenging, but I have the most amazing time and made lifelong friends.”
Ms Singh, who was born in Pakistan and moved to Glasgow when she was two, said she felt very blessed to have been called to work for God and the Church.
“I want to acknowledge all the hard work done in churches not only by ministers, but by Deacons, Ordained Local Ministers, Readers, Ministries Development Staff, administration staff and the many other volunteers who work so hard,” she added.
Rev George Cowie, clerk to the Presbytery of Glasgow, congratulated Ms Singh on her win.
“We were delighted to hear that Aquila has been recognised in this way,” he added.
“In many ways, her award acknowledges the increasingly inclusive nature of modern-day Scotland where people from different cultures and backgrounds are valued for the contributions that they make.
“The Church can be part of that story, by welcoming and affirming others.”