A former policeman from Berkshire is pastoring two Wester Ross congregations after accepting a role as part-time church worker.
Ken Macdonald is preaching every Sunday evening in either Glenelg or Inverinate for the Free Church of Scotland (FCS), as well as developing links with the local community. The 47-year-old is married, with four children, and has been a lay preacher and youth worker in various church settings over the years. It is hoped that the congregations could appoint a full-time church worker next year.
Kyle and Plockton Free Church minister Rev. Roddie Rankin has been looking after the Glenelg and Inverinate congregations while they have been minister-less. He said, ‘Mr Macdonald will be a fantastic asset to the congregations in Wester Ross. Being in a riot squad for the best part of ten years means he’s seen quite a bit of life, and has a really good understanding of people’.
He added that if the signs were encouraging, ‘We will start morning services in Kintail or Glenelg, so that people don’t have to travel out of the area for worship’.
Mr Macdonald is originally from Berkshire, and after finishing school went into maintenance, security work before becoming a constable in Thames Valley Police for a decade, during which time he was on the riot squad.
After completing the Cornhill Bible training course in London, he served in a variety of roles in Berkshire churches, including as lay preacher, youth worker and Sunday school teacher.
Photo : Ken Macdonald