The Free Church of Scotland announced on 28 January 2017 the sudden passing of Rev. Dr Iain D. Campbell, minister of Point/Knock Free Church, Isle of Lewis, aged 53. The funeral service took place at Stornoway Free Church on 3 February. He leaves a wife and three children.
Iain D. Campbell trained for pastoral ministry at the Free Church College (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary). He served as minister at Snizort Free Church, Skye, Back Free Church, Lewis, and Point Free Church, Lewis. He was Moderator of the Free Church General Assembly in 2012 and, among other roles, vice-chairman of Edinburgh Theological Seminary.
Since his passing there have been widespread media reports, including on the BBC and in the Mail, Telegraph and Herald, concerning the manner of his death and alleged serious moral lapses.
On 6 March the Free Church issued this statement: ‘The Presbytery of the Western Isles wish to assure the Free Church and friends in the wider Christian community that meetings have been held to consider the recent death in tragic circumstances of Rev. Dr Iain D. Campbell.
‘They wish to further give assurance that they are continuing to exercise pastoral oversight in all aspects of this tragic event in accordance ith the practice of the Free Church of Scotland.
‘We ask for your prayers for the family, for our churches, and for the cause of Christ worldwide, as we seek to deal with this painful matter in a way that is biblically faithful and Christ-honouring’.