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New Isle of Skye minister

November 2015 | by Gordon Bell

Rev. David MillerLast year’s Free Church of Scotland moderator has accepted a call to minister on the Isle of Skye. The induction welcoming Rev. David Miller to Duirinish Free Church — which covers Glendale, Lonemore and Waternish — was scheduled to take place at the end of October.

The Dunvegan congregation has been vacant since Rev. Daniel Sladek left to take up a teaching position at Edinburgh Theological Seminary in 2013.

Mr Miller ministered to the Cobham congregation south-west of London for over a decade, and before that was a missionary in South Africa. The 54-year-old said, ‘We are thankful that the Lord has opened a new field of ministry to us, among lovely people, although the setting seems very different from the one we will be leaving.

‘Yet I am convinced that both the deep need and the wonderful provision for it are the same for north-west Scotland as they have been for south-east England’.

He said he and his family would miss ‘many good friends from our time in the south, and would especially think of the folk of our Cobham congregation’.

He added: ‘I look forward to serving alongside the Duirinish elders, members and others associated with the congregation, and a new presbytery’.

Missionary background

David Miller’s parents were missionaries. He was born in Korea, although he spent most of his childhood in Tasmania, Australia. After school, he completed an economics degree at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, in 1981 and moved to Edinburgh the following year.

Mr Miller settled in St Columba’s Free Church under the ministry of Rev. Donald Lamont, during which time he worked in the Church of Scotland bookshop. Feeling led to the ministry, he studied at the Free Church College from 1985 to 1988, and was accepted by the Foreign Missions Board for service in South Africa.

He married Margaret (Meg) Campbell of Stornoway in April 1989 — which was the first time her brother, Rev. Dr Iain D. Campbell, had officiated at a wedding.

They served in southern Transkei in village ministry for five-and-a-half-years before moving to Dumisani Bible School, to cover administration and publishing. Mr Miller also taught church history, study methods and Old Testament. He gained his own honours degree in theology with the university. Three sons were born in South Africa before the family returned to the UK in summer 2002.

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