The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has announced that the Moderator-designate of their next General Assembly will be Rev. John W. Keddie, currently minister at Bracadale in Skye. Mr Keddie is expected to take up his new duties in May.
John Keddie was born in 1946 and educated in Edinburgh. He first professed faith in 1966 under the ministry of Rev. James Philip and came into the membership of the Free Church at St Columba’s, Edinburgh, some two years later.
Mr Keddie is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Management Institute. He worked in London for twelve years and for a time was Commercial Manager of the Dunlop Sports Company. He is married to Jean, and they have a family of four children. They also have five grandchildren.
Mr Keddie has had a close interest in sport over the years, both as a competitor and writer. In his competitive days he was Scottish Junior triple jump champion in 1965; and in athletics represented the Scottish Amateur Athletic Association and Scottish Universities.
He is the author of Scottish Athletics, the official centenary history of the Scottish Amateur Athletic Association (1982). He assisted the writer of the screenplay for the award-winning film, Chariots of Fire, in which a character was named after him. He is the author of Running the Race: Eric Liddell, Olympic champion and missionary, recently published by Evangelical Press.