Moderator Nominations

The committee elected to nominate the Moderator is now inviting recommendations for Moderator of the General Assembly 2019-2020.

Right Rev Susan Brown with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (left) and His Grace Richard Scott, Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry (right)
Right Rev Susan Brown with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (left) and His Grace Richard Scott, Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry (right)

Any member of the Church of Scotland may recommend a candidate for the role using the recomendation form.

Download the recommendation form in PDF or Word.

Nominees must be a minister, an elder or a deacon of the Church of Scotland.

Completed forms should be sent to Susan Taylor by 17 August 2018. The committee expects to meet short-listed candidates in September, where they will have a conversation with prospective nominees before making a final choice.

The Moderator—who moderates, or chairs, the annual General Assembly—is nominated by a committee which consists of 15 representatives elected by the General Assembly. The Moderator must also be formally elected by commissioners at the start of the Assembly.

The honorary office is held for one year only. Following the week of the General Assembly, the Moderator acts as an ambassador for the Church of Scotland, frequently being invited to represent the Church at official events at home and abroad.