Rev. Dan Paterson is set to move to Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church of Scotland after accepting a unanimous call to become its next minister. The Wester Ross congregation has been vacant since the departure of previous minister Rev. Jeremy Ross to Dunfermline last summer.
For the past 18 months, Mr Paterson has been assistant minister at Free North Inverness, following the completion of his studies for the ministry at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. An induction service welcoming the 29-year-old, his wife Penny and two sons Fox and Ace to the area was scheduled for April.
Mr Paterson said, ‘It is with great excitement Penny and I have accepted the call to Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church. We have benefited from our time in the Free North and Madras Street, but feel the Lord is now leading us in this new direction. While it will be hard to say goodbye to the many friends we have made in Inverness we are grateful for our time here’.
He said it had been ‘extremely beneficial working alongside Colin and Jessie Macleod who have provided real encouragement and guidance’.
Mr Paterson added: ‘While we will have to say goodbye to Starbucks and the convenience of the 24-hour Asda superstore, we know we are going to a place where the people are warm, welcoming and have a real heart for the gospel’.
The Free North’s Rev. Colin Macleod has worked particularly closely with Mr Paterson during his time in Inverness. He said, ‘For the past 18 months, Mr Paterson has grown and developed as a preacher of the gospel, a teacher of biblical doctrine and a pastor of the people. He was warmly received as assistant in the Free North and Madras Street and has grown close to the hearts of the people in the short time he was with us’.