The sudden passing of Revd John MacLeod (Portmahomack) last December came as a shock to his beloved family, his congregation, and the wider FCS(C).
A native of Fearn in Easter Ross, John was born in 1948 and converted in his youth.
After studies at Aberdeen University, he worked as an insuranceunderwriter with Standard Life from 1969 to 1971.
He then sensed a call to ministry within the Free Church of Scotland. He attended the Free Church College (1971-4) and spent time as a student missioner in Aberdeen. He then undertook pulpit and pastoral supply in Vancouver and Prince Edward Island, Canada, from 1976 to 1978. On PEI John met and married Joy Morrison.
The couple, along with their first child, returned to Scotland in 1978 where John became a minister in Portmahomack near his birth-place. This was his life’s calling and he served the Lord faithfully in gospel ministry in Portmahomack for 42 years.
That period of service was interrupted by the division in the Free Church in 2000. John adhered to the Free Church (Continuing). He served as Moderator of the FCS(C) General Assembly in 2006.
Not only did John exercise a faithful pastoral and pulpit ministry in the ‘Port’, he served as an effective Clerk of Church Committees and Presbyteries both before and after 2000. He also served as Principal Clerk of its General Assembly from 2000 to the date of his passing.
Besides this, John was a capable church historian and had an infectious enthusiasm for metrical Psalmody.
John MacLeod will be greatly missed by his brethren in the FCS(C), his supportive helpmeet Joy, their nine children, fourteen grandchildren, and his grieving congregation.
He is now in the Lord’s presence. ‘The memory of the just is blessed’ (Proverbs 10:7).
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)