Church of Scotland Appoint a New Secretary to the Council of Assembly

Church of Scotland Appoint a New Secretary to the Council of Assembly

The Church of Scotland, one of Britain’s largest charities, certainly has cause to celebrate this week with Christmas bringing the much anticipated gift of a new Secretary to Council of Assembly. Dr Reverent Martin Scott will be taking the reigns from Pauline Weibye who is set to retire this coming May, and he is doubtlessly eager to continue the impeccable work of his processor in the New Year.

Dr Rev Scott himself is a former professional musician having trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, before going on to teach for 4 years at Airdrie Academy.  After a period of study in Zurich, Switzerland, he gained a PhD in New Testament Theology from the University of Durham and spent a subsequent 10 years in Manchester lecturing in New Testament and Greek, standing as a research fellow at the University of Manchester.  Ordained in 1986 he also led a Baptist Church in Jarrow, Tayside, for 5 years and leaves his post as Council Secretary to the Ministries Council to take on this exciting new role.

Married to Jayne Scott, the Minister of Drylaw Parish Church in Edinburgh, Dr Rev Scott is also the father of son Malcolm, 37, daughter Kathryn, 35 and grandfather to Inez. When not discharging his duties for the Church he enjoys making the most of a season ticket for Motherwell Football Club and singing in the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, as well as playing the piano and organ.

His wealth of diverse life experiences surely stands him in great stead for the prospective challenges of the new post, his responsibilities including the orchestration of over 2,500 staff across the country and management of a £110 million budget. The Rev Grant Barclay, Convener of the Council of Assembly, was resoundingly congratulatory on the appointment and voiced his confidence in Dr Rev Scott’s competency to lead the Church forward with sensitivity, insight and passion. He commented on Dr Rev Scott’s “wealth of knowledge and vision for the Church of Scotland, first-hand experience of being a minister and a decade of supporting ministers across the country and beyond" and added "I look forward to his leadership and the Church's national support to spread the good news of God's love in Jesus."

Dr Rev Scott himself was understandably elated to have been selected to fill the vacancy; especially when considering the caliber of candidates and volume of applicants vying for the role. He sang the praises of the organization and highlighted the vital importance and longevity of its transformative power within communities across Scotland, expressing his pride at filling a position where he would have the opportunity to directly influence future successes;

He observed "The Church of Scotland has been a key part of Scotland for 500 years, spreading God's words, promoting education and alleviating poverty…I feel humbled and honored to be chosen for the role of the Secretary”

He also noted his shouldering of the role came at a point of the Church’s emergence from a turbulent period into a phase defined by strengthened focus on the potential of 2016; "It has been through a challenging phase because of different views over key issues and there is a move now to try and really focus on the future,"

We at Aspen are certain Dr Rev Scott will be consummate success in driving forward the Church’s continued momentum, commitment to improve the lives of others and charitable services in the New Year and the entire team sincerely wishes him and The Church of Scotland the warmest of congratulations. 

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