Leadership and Staff

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Last Tuesday evening, 9th June 2020, members of the Kilmallie and Ardnamurchan church family sat around informally chatting with Euan Dodds, the man who had just accepted their invitation to be their new minister. They were, of course, all in their own homes, connected, in these days of lockdown, by Zoom. 

Earlier that evening, a large proportion of the congregation, along with family and friends of Dr Dodds, had logged in on their devices or dialled up by phone to be part of an extraordinary meeting of the Presbytery of Inverness, Lochaber and Ross. The meeting was held to oversee the congregation’s call to Dr Dodds to become their new minister. The events of the evening, electronically choreographed by Rev Stephen Allison, minister at Kiltarlity, and with Rev Robin Grey (Gardenstown New Church) in the chair, ended Kilmallie's long  vacancy.   

During this period, the congregation of Kilmallie and Ardnamurchan prayed together and worked together, all the time seeking God’s provision of a new minister. Having heard many suitable men, it became increasingly clear that Euan Dodds was that man. God had likewise been leading Euan and his wife, Helen, with their girls, Anna (9), Caitlin (7) and Eilidh (5), in the same path. 

Euan, a former medical doctor, trained at Oxford, but believing himself called by God to the Christian ministry, left medicine after 4 years of practice (including 6 months in Inverness) to undertake theological training. He studied at Cornhill Scotland then at  Highland Theological College while serving at St George's-Tron Church with Rev. William Philip and Holyrood Evangelical with Rev. Phillip Hair. After ordination, he became Associate Minister at Holyrood Evangelical Church.  This year’s Free Church General Assembly, also meeting by video conferencing, opened the way for Kilmallie to call Euan by accepting his application to become a Free Church minister. 

Not only does the congregation, drawn from Fort William and rural Ardnamurchan, warm to Euan’s gifts as a teacher of God’s Word and to his friendliness, but they are impressed with his desire that the gospel would make its impact in wider Lochaber. 

Through all the challenges of a long vacancy, the congregation has been wonderfully upheld in the prayers of the church. Through that intercession has come the blessing of God. Now, as they look forward to the induction, the settlement of the Dodds family in the manse, and all the opportunities of the future, they again seek the fellowship of the church’s prayers. 

by John S. Ross (Interim Moderator)
 

 

 

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Elder - Graeme Ferguson 
Graeme is originally from Blairgowrie and worked in various locations throughout Scotland before moving to work in Fort William in 2002. He is a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor. He enjoys reading and walking. Graeme is married to Vicky and they have two girls, Anna and Abi. 
 

Alan Massie

Elder - Alan Massie 
 

David MacCallum

Elder - David MacCallum 
David was born and bred in Lochaber, trained as a Civil Engineer and has worked throughout the Highlands and Islands and is now retired. David joined the congregation in 1987 and served as a treasurer for many years. He enjoys DIY, Curling and Cycling. He is married to Anne, and they have 3 grown up children, Lesley, Rhona and Ruth and is blessed with 2 grandchildren, Alasdair and Siobhan.
 

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Elder - Craig Murray 
Craig Murray has been a member of the congregation since 1997, having previously lived in Ayr, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. He is the clerk to the Kirk Session, and loves being part of the congregation which desires to share the Good News about Jesus in the local community. He is a local solicitor, enjoys cycling, skiing and the outdoors. He is married to Ishbel and has three children: Katrin, Robbie and Elspeth.  

Duncan Kennedy

Elder - Duncan Kennedy
Duncan is native to Lochaber and has lived and worked in the area most of his life. Married to Karen since 1982 they have two grown up children Kirsty and Ali. Hobbies include angling, walking and foraging.
 

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Elder - John Morrison
Johnny attended both Fort William Senior Secondary and Lochaber High School, finishing  at Craibstone College Aberdeen. After attending Kilmallie Church for 3 years he became a member in 1997.

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Children's Worker - Fiona Wallace 
Fiona is originally from Tain, on the drier, sunnier side of the country! She has been a Primary School teacher since moving to Fort William and currently works in various schools as an Additional Support Needs teacher, which she loves. Fiona takes a lead role in our Sunday School and wider children’s work and also co-leads a small group with her husband John. Out of school she enjoys spinning classes (cycling not wool!), singing, reading and various crafts. She is married to John and they have a playful collie dog called Jewel.

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Church Caretaker - Findlay Maclean

Findlay was born and bred in Lochaber and has a daughter Chloe, who is 19. He trained as a pre press operator/ CTP operator at a local printers,making printing plates for printing press. After the company closed and he was made redundant in 2008 he moved to the local Co-op where he became duty manger and worked for 8 years. Findlay became a Christian in 2016 and took on the caretaker role in November that year.He has a cross spaniel/dalmation dog called Sasha.