Moderator Designate

Rev Dr David Miller has been appointed Moderator Designate of the General Assembly which will meet in Perth from 10 – 12 June 2020. David was born in Edinburgh in 1959, and spent the first few years of his life in Malaysia and then in England, where his army engineer father was posted. In 1965 the family moved back to Glasgow, and despite living abroad for a number of years and having an indeterminate accent, David considers himself a Glaswegian.

After university, David went to train for cross-cultural missionary service at the Bible Training Institute. There he met Jeanette, and they married in 1984. They joined OMF International, and served as missionaries in Japan from 1986-96, working with students and involved in a Japanese church. Their three (now grown-up) children were all made in Japan.

After their return David studied non-Western Christianity, and then taught mission studies for 16 years at International Christian College. Initially his focus was on preparing workers to serve overseas in cross-cultural mission. However, over the years he became increasingly aware that cultural changes meant that secularising Scotland was itself becoming a cross-cultural mission challenge for Christians, and therefore that lessons learned from the experience of cross-cultural mission and from the growth of world Christianity could benefit the church here too. He also began to feel a personal conviction that he should not just be telling others how to engage in mission abroad but that he should be actively engaging himself with some of the mission challenges in Scotland.

In 2014, he become lay pastor at Millerston United Free Church, and was ordained to that charge in 2016. He has found the congregation to be wonderfully welcoming, not just of him but of everybody who comes, which makes it a great base for mission. They face the same challenges which many local churches today face, but are encouraged by signs of new life emerging. He is also involved with the denomination’s Reshaping for Mission initiative.

David recognises that being asked to take on the role of Moderator is an honour, but that it carries its own challenges and demands also. He is looking forward to serving the denomination in this role, and to the chance to learn more about other congregations when he visits them. To relax he listens to reasonably obscure rock music and is always just about to take up jogging!

For further information please contact: Rev Martin Keane (Principal Clerk) on 0141 332 3435, E-mail:
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