There was a large attendance in the Stornoway Town Hall on 28 April for the ordination and induction of Stephen McCollum as the new pastor of Stornoway Reformed Presbyterian (RP) Church.
Many had travelled from Northern Ireland and the mainland for the occasion, and there were representatives from other congregations on Lewis.
Stephen, from Northern Ireland, first came to Scotland when he was a student in Glasgow, nine years ago. Two years later he moved to Pittsburgh to attend the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary there.
In 2012 he married Brenda, an American. In 2014 they moved back to Scotland and Stephen took up work as headmaster of Sunrise Christian School in Glasgow, where he served as an elder in the Airdrie RP Church. Stephen and Brenda’s little daughter Zoe was born in January.
At the ordination and induction service, Rev. Kenneth Stewart, moderator of the Scottish RP Presbytery and minister of the RP Church in Glasgow, preached a powerful and inspiring sermon from 1 Timothy 4:14, ‘Neglect not the gift that is in thee’, and from 2 Timothy 1:6, ‘Stir up the gift of God which is in thee’.
Rev. Donald Macdonald of Stornoway presented the new minister with a monetary gift, as well as a copy of the Puritan Hard Drive, which contains more than 12,500 of the best classic and contemporary Reformation, Protestant, and Puritan books, MP3s and videos, on one digital device.
Olivia McElhatton presented Brenda with a bouquet of flowers and a gift for little Zoe. Scott Maciver presented a gift to the Rev. Stewart, who has been the interim moderator to the Stornoway congregation, and Cliff McElhatton presented a gift to Rev. Donald Macdonald, for his services to the congregation. A reception was held afterwards in the Cala Hotel.
This article first appeared on the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland website