The Church of Scotland has appointed the husband of a city minister as Secretary to the Council of Assembly.
The Rev Dr Martin Scott will take over the job of co-ordinating the activities of one of the country’s biggest charities when Pauline Weibye retires from the post at the General Assembly in May.
Dr Scott, a former professional musician who is married to Jayne Scott, the minister of Drylaw Parish Church, has been the Secretary to the Church of Scotland’s Ministries Council since it was established in 2005.
Dr Scott was ordained in 1986 and led a Baptist church in Jarrow in Tyneside for five years.
He trained as a musician at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and worked at Airdrie Academy as a music teacher for about four years.
Dr Scott studied theology in Zurich in Switzerland and holds a PHD in New Testament theology from the University of Durham.
He spent ten years in Manchester and lectured in New Testament and Greek at a theological college in the city and was a research fellow at the University of Manchester.
A keen singer, organist and pianist, Dr Scott is a season ticket holder at Motherwell FC and a member of Edinburgh Royal Choral Union.
Dr Scott, 61, who has a son Malcolm, 37, a daughter Kathryn, 35, and a granddaughter, Inez, said the job of Secretary to the Council of Assembly was of “increasing importance” to the organisation as it moves forward.
“The Church of Scotland has been a key part of Scotland for 500 years, spreading God’s words, promoting education and alleviating poverty,” he said.
“I feel humbled and honoured to be chosen for the role of the Secretary. I will support the council as it takes steps to ensure the big issues facing the church, such as the future of ministry, are properly addressed.
“I will be responsible for ensuring the finances of the Church are stable and able to support the work that needs to be done.
“This means making sure that people who work at the national offices of the Church in Edinburgh fulfil the expectations of the councils, local churches and Presbyteries.”
The Rev Grant Barclay, convener of the Council of Assembly, said he was delighted with Dr Scott’s appointment, which will involve managing 2500 staff across the country.
“He brings intellectual ability, a wealth of knowledge and vision for the Church of Scotland, first-hand experience of being a minister and a decade of supporting ministers across the country and beyond,” he added.
“Dr Scott also brings a perspective from beyond the Church of Scotland which is vital in our modern world – I know that the Church will congratulate Martin on his appointment.”