Rev. Dr Colin Dow
Hi! My name is Colin Dow and I have been the minister of the congregation since September 2003. I am married to Kathmar, and we have four lovely children – Samuel, Aidan, Kathryn and Jonathan. I am originally from the village of Golspie, in the North East Highlands of Scotland. I studied Environmental Chemistry and Pure Chemistry at Aberdeen University and then worked in industry for three years as a Research and Development Scientist. After training in the Free Church College in Edinburgh, I became minister here.
I became a Christian at the age of 15 and started preaching soon after in the Fisherman’s Gospel Hall, Brora, under the watchful eye of my uncle Ross MacLeod (an elder in Clyne Free Church). Over the years, the burden of God’s call became unbearable and after many mishaps, I finally obeyed. From my background, it is unsurprising that I have developed an interest in the interface between Science and Christianity, and also in the discipline known as Apologetics – the defence of the faith. I am also the Scottish Chairperson of AIM (Africa Inland Mission). Other than these things, I love good books, good food and a good football team (Aberdeen FC).
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Rev. Finlay Mackenzie
I’m Finlay Mackenzie, Associate Minister of Glasgow City Free Church, Glasgow. I have responsibility for outreach to international students at the three universities and other colleges in the city. My wife, Christine, supports me in this work.
We’ve been in this work since 1997. Before that I was minister of Wick and Keiss Free Church for ten years, and my first charge, from 1976 to 1987 was Croy, Cawdor and Ardersier Free Church.
Christine and I studied at Aberdeen University, got married in 1973, have three children, now adults, two of whom are married. We also have the joy of having our three grandchildren from Aberdeen to stay for short periods and then handing them back!
I enjoy choral-singing and sang with the Wick Choral during my time there. We both enjoy ski-ing, riding our motor-bike, touring abroad, and above all, studying the Bible with international people and having lots of them in our home.
We have both led Free Church youth camps. Although I’ve “retired” from camps, Christine has been cook for the last nine years at the Oswestry Camp. I was Secretary of the International Missions Board for four years and Chairman for two years and Christine is now one of the Women for Mission representatives on the IMB.
In the congregation we run occasional marriage preparation, family and parenting workshops.
I am Secretary of the West of Scotland Bible Society – a small charity which provides Bibles to Church organisations.