Tributes to former Glenrothes church leader

Alex Strachan' founder of the Church of Christ in Glenrothes'(1935-2015)
Alex Strachan' founder of the Church of Christ in Glenrothes'(1935-2015)

The minister who founded the Church of Christ in Glenrothes over 40 years ago has died, at the age of 80.

Alex Strachan formed the Pitteuchar church back in 1972, after two years of study in the USA.

Tributes were paid to him as someone who could relate well to people and put them at their ease, and who could easily befriend strangers, as well as doing a lot of undisclosed work to help others.

Originally from Peterhead, Mr Strachan worked as a commercial fisherman there and a steel industry employee in Corby, Northamptonshire. He became a Christian early in life and always wanted to preach, finding the Church of Christ was closest to what he had learned from the Bible.

After studying at the Bible school in Lubbock, Texas, Mr Strachan came to Glenrothes and founded the local church – his brother having formed one in another Scottish new town, East Kilbride.

Mr Strachan remained in charge locally until 2009, but did not completely retire from preaching.

His successor, Allen Phillips, said: “Alex was a traditional minister and a very good people person. He loved life, his family, and the Lord, and he loved telling people about it.”

Mr Strachan’s funeral service takes place at the Church of Christ at 1pm this Friday, followed by a committal at 3pm at Kirkcaldy Crematorium.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Moyra, his daughter Gail and son Steve.