Tributes have been paid to Revd James Beaton who retires this year after serving the FCS congregation at Oban for 31 years.
Revd Robert Macleod said it was both a ‘privilege and poignant moment, as it seemed like bidding farewell to the backbone of ministry in rural Argyll after such a long, faithful, and fruitful pastorate’.
James was born in Ayr, where his father was a minister. The family later moved to Leith, Edinburgh, where James was educated. He came to faith in 1972 as a result of various influences, and went on to be part of the leadership of the fledgling church plant at Smithton, Inverness.
Under the influence of Revd David Meredith, James’s calling to ministry was discerned, and he began studies at the then Free Church College in 1987.
He accepted the call to the congregation in Oban, Argyll, and was inducted in 1990. It began a ministry which would last for over three decades.
By reputation, James’s ministry was marked by his committed pastoral heart, his humble spirit, and his faithful and fresh exposition of Scripture.
James was also involved in many levels of the FCS: he was instrumental in organising conventions, and for twenty years he was chairperson of Oban Youth Café.
Along with his wife Jenny and four children, James will be moving to Ose, near Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. We at FCS wish them God’s richest blessing.