Minister given second chance at top Kirk post

Rev Dr Angus Morrison has been named as Moderator Designate of the General Assembly.
Rev Dr Angus Morrison has been named as Moderator Designate of the General Assembly.
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A Kinross-shire minister whose ill-health forced him to stand down just two months before taking up the post of Moderator of the Church of Scotland has been given a second chance at the job.

The Kirk announced this week that the Rev Dr Angus Morrison, who lives in Milnathort, had been named as Moderator Designate of the General Assembly. He will take up the position in May next year.

It was exactly a year ago that 61-year-old Dr Morrison, who is minister of Orwell and Portmoak Church, was chosen as Moderator Designate , but he was unable to take on the role for medical reasons.

This week he said he’d made a ‘very good recovery’ following surgery and that the nomination was ‘a great honour’.

“I am truly humbled by the trust that has been placed in me,” said Dr Morrison.

“It is my great desire to encourage the Church in its vital God-given mission to the people of Scotland and beyond.

“In these troubled times, the peace and unity of the church are dear to me and I shall endeavour to promote them in every way I can.”

Born in Glencoe, Dr Morrison attended school in Oban and Stromness and completed his PhD at Old College at the University of Edinburgh. He was originally ordained into the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland but resigned in 1989 and joined the Kirk in 2000.

He and his wife Marion, a primary teacher, have four children.