The Moderator

The committee elected to nominate the Moderator chose Rev Dr Iain Greenshields as the Moderator of the General Assembly 2022-23.

Iain Greenshields
Rev Dr Iain Greenshields.

Mr Greenshields, minister of St Margaret's Community Church in Dunfermline, Fife, will serve in the role for one year, speaking out on issues important to the Church and its mission to follow and proclaim the example of Jesus Christ. He began his year-long role of ambassador for the Church of Scotland in May 2022, succeeding the 2021-22 Moderator, Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness.

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.