New minister for Stornoway High Church

Rt Rev John Chalmers with his wife Liz during a visit to Stornoway High last August

The Church of Scotland is delighted to announce the Rev Dr Wayne Pearce is to take up his charge as minister of Stornoway High Church next month.

The induction service at the High Church next month will be attended by the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Rev John Chalmers, who preached at the High Church during his visit to Lewis last summer.

The Moderator said: "My wife Liz and I could not have experienced any warmer a welcome than we experienced in Stornoway. I am looking forward to sharing this special moment with the congregation which is another opportunity to affirm the good work being done by the Church of Scotland throughout the Islands."

The Moderator will be joined by the Moderator Designate, Rev Dr Angus Morrison, who returns to Stornoway where he was formerly minister of St Columba's (Old Parish) Church.

Session Clerk to the High Church, John Cunningham, said Dr Pearce's appointment comes after the congregation of Stornoway High Church has come through a challenging period. He said: "We had prolonged vacancy compounded by the departure of a significant proportion of the congregation over the Civil Partnerships and the Ministry issue. But all that is in the past now and we believe God is doing a new work in Stornoway High. We've seen a renewed sense of unity and purpose as undiscovered talents and gifts have emerged across the congregation. Everyone is pulling together as they sense God's calling on their lives and there is a huge sense of excitement around Dr Pearce's arrival."

Stornoway High Church has been without a minister since Rev Willie Black retired early in 2011. The induction of Dr Pearce to the charge of Stornoway High takes place on Friday, February 6th at 7pm with a social event to follow in Stornoway Town Hall.

The induction service will be taken by Rev Tommy MacNeil, Moderator of Lewis Presbytery and Minister of Martin's Memorial Church, who will preach the sermon. Also participating in the service will be Rt Rev John Chalmers, Rev Ian M M Macdonald and Rev T K Shadakshari. On Sunday, February 8th, Dr Pearce will be 'preached into' his new pulpit by Rev Dr Angus Morrison.

Dr Pearce is currently the APC Minister for Skye and Harris. He is married to Margaret and they have three children. His arrival at the High Church will restore Lewis to its complement of 7 full time ministers.