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Our charge is presently vacant and we are delighted to have, as our Locum Minister, the very experienced Revd. James M. Gibson TD. You would do well to come along and benefit from his preaching and his leading of worship.

His contact details are 01698 854907 and

Here, he tells us a little of his background:

I was educated at Daniel Stewart’s College Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama and Glasgow University. After my studies, I became a Probationer Assistant at Paisley Abbey before becoming Minister of Grangemouth Old Parish Church from 1978 -1989. Thereafter, I was Minister of Bothwell Parish Church from 1989-2019.

From 1984 – 2004, I was a Territorial Army Chaplain, being mobilised for the Gulf Conflict in 1991 and the Bosnian/Croatian War in 1999-2000. Following these I was awarded the Territorial Decoration.

I served as Convener of the General Assembly’s Board of National Mission, 2000-2004 and as Convener of the General Assembly’s Committee on Military Chaplaincy, 2006-2010.

I was appointed Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland and installed as a member of the Chapel Royal in Scotland in 2004 and as an Extra Chaplain to the Queen in 2018.

My wife Doreen and I married in 1978 and rejoice in our son, Niall, and his wife Heather, as well as our daughter Valerie and our two grandchildren, Matilda and Forbes.

In my so-called ‘retirement’ I am happy to be serving as Locum minister in Merrylea Parish Church – a beautiful MacGregor-Chalmers building with a friendly congregation.