The Preachers


I believe in God the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth

Sheilagh Kesting was the first female minister to be elected Moderator of the General Assembly in May 2007. Since 1993 she has been based at the Church of Scotland Offices in Edinburgh as the full-time Secretary of the Church of Scotland Committee on Ecumenical Relations.

She was born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, graduating from the University of Edinburgh.

She has long held a keen interest and concern for ecumenical relations, leading to her appointment as Secretary to the Committee on Ecumenical Relations in 1993.

I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell


Martin Johnstone was on the executive of Faith in Community Scotland and has recently moved to become the General Secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council. “I don’t think the church can ever be party political but it must never shy away from saying hard things to power.

“If the church’s decision is to take sides with the poorest in our society, of course we must do that on an individual basis but we must also do it on a societal basis.”

The work done in Priority Areas is “about encouraging the Church always to think that unless we can stand alongside the poor, much of our reason for being the Church doesn’t exist.”

I believe that on the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.


David Harper grew up in Dumfrieshire and became the minister of New Charge Development in Erskine where the congregation met in a school until they were able to build their own building. He moved to Troon to St Meddan’s Parish Church and was the minister there for more than 25 years.

He has a passion for parish ministry with a huge amount of common sense that has shaped many students for whom he has been supervisor. He has long desired to make the Gospel and church doctrine more understandable in a contemporary world and grow a faith community round that understanding, shaped by its values and priorities.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints;


William Currie Hewitt (born 1951) is a minister of the Church of Scotland and was Moderator of the General Assembly 2009-2010.

He was minister at Westburn Parish Church in Greenock, Scotland until 2013 and was the first serving minister of a church in Greenock ever to become Moderator. He was ordained in 1977, whilst serving as Assistant Minister at Castlehill Parish Church in Ayr. In 1978 he became minister at Elderslie Parish Church, Johnstone, serving for 16 years before moving to St Luke's Parish Church, Greenock, in 1994. In 2006 St Luke's united with neighbouring St George's North Church to become Westburn Church. His latest role is in interim ministry, currently (2012) serving as Clerk pro tem to the Presbytery of Glasgow.

I believe the Forgiveness of Sins; the Resurrection of the Body; and the Life Everlasting.


Marjory McPherson provides leadership and guidance for the provision, development and support of Ministries within the Church of Scotland at all stages of the lifecycle and career of people engaged in ministry in the Church. Marjory is a member of the Ministries Senior Management Team.

More significantly she was married in New Kilpatrick. She has served as a minister in Torphican as well as chaplain at Strathclyde University for more than a decade. She left that post to become a member of the Church of Scotland Ministries Council where she supports candidates through training for ministry as well as ministers in charges.

Her experience comes from many years in the parish and university chaplaincy.

New Kilpatrick Parish Church

28 Kirk Place

Bearsden G61 3RT


Rev Roddy Hamilton

0141 942 8827

Scottish Charity SC012997

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