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Obituary: Revd Allan Murray (1938–2020)

March 2021 | by Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

Revd Allan Murray
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Allan Murray was a native of Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis where he was born in 1938. Upon leaving school, he went to Glasgow University to train as a dentist, a profession he commenced in 1962.

The following year he came under conviction of sin and, as he put it afterwards, he was ‘converted from a worldly life to life in Christ’.

After some years in dentistry, Allan felt called to the ministry, and entered the Free Church College in 1985. This was also the year he married his wife Maureen.

He was subsequently called to the charge of Rogart and Eddrachillis in the Free Church of Scotland in 1988. He exercised a preaching and pastoral ministry that touched the heart and instructed the mind. It was very much an experiential ministry in the best traditions of the Reformed cause in Scotland.

In 2000 Allan adhered to the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). At that point, he moved from Rogart to Brora in Sutherland. His congregation became quite a scattered one, from Latheron in the north (Caithness) to Dornoch in the south and Lairg in the west.

He formally retired in 2013 but continued to preach in Brora and beyond. Allan also served as Moderator of the FCS(C) General Assembly in 2014.

He preached his last sermon in Brora in February 2020 from John 10:27, entitled ‘Hearing the voice of Christ’. His soul went to its eternal rest late last September.

Allan and Maureen had five children. His son David followed him into ministry and subsequently became Professor of Old Testament at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids. Heartfelt sympathies go to his grieving widow Maureen, the extended family, and his former congregation, by whom he was much loved.

Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

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