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’Discipleship is not dull’

Lynne McNeil meets the Moderator-Designate to the 2019 General Assembly, the Rev Colin Sinclair.

“TO respond to Jesus’ call ‘Follow me ‘is to begin an adventure of faith. Discipleship is not dull.”

The Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator- Designate to the 2019 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is passionate about faith. He adds: “Since the time I became a Christian at 12 years old I have had adventures all over the world. It has been a great experience, though not without pain. I have enjoyed it all.” The theme “Jesus said ‘Follow me’” has been suggested to the Moderator- Designate for his year in office, which begins later this month.

The theme resonates with the father-offour, who is minister at one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful city centre churches, Palmerston Place, and the words ‘follow me’ neatly follow his faith journey, which led him at an early age to Scripture Union, Africa and parish ministry.

Born in the south side of Glasgow in 1953, he grew up in the city, attending Glasgow Academy from the age of seven. The family moved to Bearsden when his father, Alexander, a former district commissioner in West Africa, was offered a post lecturing at a management business school.

Whilst his family was not deeply religious – although attended Church – Colin clearly remembers the moment when he became a Christian.

“I became a Christian when I was at school, through Scripture Union which has been very significant in my life for over 50 years. I was trying to leave school early by going down the up stair, which was the worst crime you could commit and a prefect saw me and shouted ‘Stop!’ I belted to the top of the school as I thought he was after me. I ran into the art room and there was an after school club showing a film of a Scripture Union holiday.

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