The Church of Scotland General Trustees form a statutory corporation set up in 1921 to hold properties and investments for the Church as a whole.
The General Trustees are charged with ensuring church buildings and funds are managed in the best interest of the Church as a whole and in support of parish ministry. The Chair is Mr Alan F K Kennedy and the Vice-Chair is Rev Scott Rennie.
What do the General Trustees do?
The General Trustees offer practical advice and guidance on maintaining and improving Church properties, manses and glebes. They produce guides and information to help congregations look after their properties. The General Trustees can also offer a limited amount of financial aid to congregations facing expenditure on their buildings. Find out more about looking after church buildings.
Who can be a General Trustee?
General Trustees are appointed by the General Assembly and must be either ministers or elders of the Church of Scotland. While there is no fixed number of trustees, normally there are around 36, of which just over a third are ministers. The elders can come from all walks of life but tend to be accountants, architects, lawyers and surveyors.
Meetings of the trustees and their executive committees are usually held monthly and trustees also are required to make frequent visits to parishes and presbyteries.
- Fabric Committee: Dr Ian M Trushell
- Glebes Committee: Mr William M Lawrie
- Finance and Resources Committee: Mr Alan Kennedy
- Audit and Assurance Committee: Mr Nigel W Hicks
- Presbytery Support & Buildings Committee: Rev Scott Rennie
- Safe Buildings Committee: Mr Robert Bell
Contact the Trustees
The following e-mail addresses are monitored from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and all enquiries will be responded to by as appropriate:
- General enquiries, including fabric and glebes: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telecom enquiries: email@example.com
- Better Heating Scheme: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manse Lets: email@example.com
- Health & Safety: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Congregational finance: email@example.com