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Rooted in Faith

Jackie Macadam learns about the life of the new Scottish Director of the Boys’ Brigade, a son of the manse.

“I’d have to say my older brother, Andrew, had a big part to play in me joining the BB. I remember him getting his uniform ready and was desperate to follow in his steps by joining the 2nd East Kilbride Company, which was also based in my dad’s church. I was a member of the BB from the age of five and can safely say that it has played a significant role in my life.”

John Sharp (left) in El Salvador

John Sharp took over as the Scottish Director for the Boys’ Brigade in April and remembers fondly the way the BB impacted his early life.

With his new role it looks set to play a perhaps even larger role in his later life as well – a role he relishes getting his teeth into in the months to come.

“The BB was formative in my life,” he says. “A huge part of the BB for me was the development of soft skills. I’d go as far to say that it helped me perhaps more than formal education. From working in teams to personal confidence, I’ve got a lot to thank the BB for.

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