Elizabeth Morton, an elder at St John’s and King’s Park Church in Dalkeith, has been sworn in as the first female moderator of the Lothians Presbytery.
Mrs Morton was elected to the role in a meeting at Musselburgh recently.
Born in 1952, Elizabeth Morton was brought up in East Calder before moving to Edinburgh as a child.
Elizabeth and her husband, Graham, have two children, Gillian and Ian, and four grandchildren.
Mrs Morton was ordained in March 1999. Before this she had worked at churches across the city including Liberton Kirk, Granton Parish Church and the original Stockbridge Church.
Since being ordained Mrs Morton has been at St John’s and King’s Park Church in Dalkeith, where she is now an elder.
Mrs Morton is the first woman to be appointed to the role of Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s Lothian Presbytery and admitted she had been thrilled by the post.
“I am delighted and really honoured that the presbytery think I am suitable for the job,” she said. “I was excited and very honoured to be considered.”
The Lothian Presbytery represents Church of Scotland congregations across Mid and East Lothian.
Mrs Morton’s role will be to take charge of discussion.
“It will be controlling presbytery meetings and making sure everyone has the chance to get their views across and have their voice heard,” she said.
“There will also be a lot of behind-the-scenes work.
This is the first time ever a women has been appointed to the role of Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s Lothian Presbytery.
Speaking after her selection, Mrs Morton said she saw her role as keeping the church members focused on community work and helping to keep them relevant in the modern world.
She said: “I will be ensuring that Presbytery members have the opportunity to discuss the wider work and business of the church and how we will continue to keep the church relevant to all.”
Mrs Morton added: “It will be quite a challenge, a lot of work but with the support of the presbytery it will be fine.
“I will get immense support from everyone I’m sure.”