Popular Rev Andrew Dick retires from pulpit

Rev Andrew Dick. Picture: Gordon Fraser
Rev Andrew Dick. Picture: Gordon Fraser
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A popular Lothians minister has retired after almost 16 years in the pulpit.

Born and brought up in Abbeyhill, Rev Andrew Dick, 65, was a late comer to the ministry after first carving out a career in the civil service.

Indeed, it was only after hearing a sermon on God’s call to Moses that he accepted God was calling him into full-time ministry.

Graduating from New College in Edinburgh, his first posting was to St Serf’s Church in Tullibody.

But in 1999, he left the foot of the Ochil Hills to head east to Musselburgh, where he took charge of St Michael’s Inveresk and its daughter church St John’s Whitecraig.

An avid Hibs fan, Rev Dick was a sharp change from the Hearts-supporting minister he replaced, but after they grew used to the culture shock he was quickly embraced by the local community.

He soon became well-liked among the congregation for his scrupulously fair approach – always allowing everybody the chance to have their say during his church sessions.

And through his role at the church he took an active part in the unique pace of life in Musselburgh, acting as chaplain to the Honest Toun’s Association.

A great believer in the power of music, he also started St Michael’s praise band – held on the first Sunday every month – with some of the younger members of the church.

Unusually, two members of his congregation chose to follow his path and entered the ministry themselves.

Rev Dick worked with both as they embarked on their calling, and the two now work as army chaplains.

But the minister was also not one to shy away from controversy – lending his name to a petition in 2009 against the appointment of the Rev Scott Rennie, an openly gay minister in Aberdeen.

Rev Dick said his “greatest pleasure” during his time at the forefront of the church had been working with young people and supporting candidates in their training for the ministry.

While he intends to remain involved in ministry in “one way or another”, he also plans to devote more time to writing and to his love of music.

He is also looking forward to spending more time with his family, especially wife Carole, daughters Hannah and Madeline – who now live in Canada and England respectively – and his 
grandchildren.

Wishing him well for the future, Session Clerk Alex Shaw said: “The congregations of St Michael’s and St John’s wish Andrew and Carole God’s richest blessing and hope that this will be an exciting time as he discerns God’s plan and will for his future ministry.”

Rev Ruth Halley has been appointed as interim moderator at the two churches until a replacement for Rev Dick is found.