News Release 21/2/2019
CHURCH APPOINTS MODERATOR DESIGNATE
Rev John Fulton, who will shortly retire as General Secretary of the United Free Church of Scotland, has been appointed Moderator Designate of their General Assembly which will meet in Perth from 29th – 31st May 2019.
Sadly Rev Gordon Currie who had been appointed Moderator Designate died suddenly in December. John paid tribute to his friend and colleague, recalling his faithful ministry in quite a number of congregations around Scotland, his ability to relate to all sorts of people and his passionate desire to share Jesus. John says: “In the circumstances I have accepted this nomination with mixed emotions but am humbled and grateful to be given the opportunity to serve the church in this way.’
‘I look forward to chairing the sessions of the Assembly and to visiting congregations around the country over the coming year. Although every church faces challenges, it has been encouraging in recent years to see change coming in a number of places, shoots of new growth as congregations respond to the challenge to serve Christ in their communities.’
Mr Fulton was born in Glasgow in 1953 and grew up in Clydebank where he became involved in Clydebank UF Church. On leaving Clydebank High School he became a student at Glasgow University where he gained a B.Sc. and a B.D.
In 1977 he was ordained and inducted to the congregation of Croftfoot on the south side of Glasgow and served there for over 16 years. He said ‘It was a privilege to be able to get alongside folk in their joys and sorrows as well as having opportunities to develop links in the local community – and through all of these contacts to seek to share the love of Jesus.’
In 1994 he took up his present post of General Secretary which he has now held for over 25 years. In this work he has regular contact with colleagues and congregations around the country as well as being involved in the work of the various General Assembly committees. He has also appreciated opportunities to engage with the wider Church in Scotland and to recognise all that we have in common.
Since 2005 he has been Interim Moderator of the Cathcart congregation in Glasgow where there are close ties with Cathcart Trinity Church of Scotland which means the two congregations do much together. There are also very good links with the local Baptist Church and the 3 churches share together in a Youth Ministry Partnership. He comments: ‘It would be great to see more of this kind of close cooperation around the country because it not only benefits the church but also benefits the community where the church is placed.’
For further information please contact: Rev John Fulton (General Secretary) on 0141 332 3435, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org