The Moderator

The committee elected to nominate the Moderator has chosen Rev Dr Martin Fair as the next Moderator of the General Assembly 2020-21.

Martin Fair in front of the Church of Scotland's offices
Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair

Rev Dr Martin Fair, the minister of St Andrews Parish Church in Arbroath, begins his year-long role of ambassador for the Church of Scotland in May 2020, succeeding the 2019-20 Moderator, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair.

The Moderator—who moderates, or chairs, the annual General Assembly—is nominated by a committee which consists of 15 representatives elected by the General Assembly. The Moderator must also be formally elected by commissioners at the start of the Assembly.

The honorary office is held for one year only. Following the week of the General Assembly, the Moderator acts as an ambassador for the Church of Scotland, frequently being invited to represent the Church at official events at home and abroad.

As the 2020 General Assembly has been cancelled due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus lockdown, a special ceremony to install the new Moderator for 2020-21 was streamed live on our website and is now available for viewing on our General Assembly 2020 page.