There was a large attendance for the ordination and induction of Stephen McCollum
as the new pastor of Stornoway Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Many people travelled from Northern Ireland and the mainland for the occasion and
there were representatives from other congregations on the island.
Rev McCollum, 27, from Northern Ireland, first came to Scotland when he was a student
in Glasgow nine years ago.
He later studied for a divinity degree at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
in Pittsburgh, USA.
In 2012 he married Brenda, an American. Two years later, they moved back to Scotland
and Mr McCollum took up work as headmaster of the Sunrise Christian School in Glasgow.
He was an elder in the Airdrie RP Church. Their daughter Zoe was born in January.
At the ordination and induction service last Friday, Rev Kenneth Stewart, moderator
of the Scottish RP presbytery and minister of the RP Church in Glasgow, preached
a powerful and inspiring sermon from 1 Timothy 4:14 (Neglect not the gift that is
in thee) and from 2 Timothy 1:6 (Stir up the gift of God which is in thee).
The Rev Donald Macdonald of Stornoway presented the new minister with a monetary
gift as well as a copy of the Puritan Hard Drive which contains over 12,500 of the
best classic and contemporary Reformation, Protestant and Puritan books, MP3s and
videos ever gathered on one digital device.
Olivia McElehatton presented Mrs McCollum with a bouquet of flowers and a gift for
Scott Maciver presented a gift to the Rev Stewart, who has been the interim moderator
to the Stornoway congregation and Cliff McElhatton a gift to the Rev Donald Macdonald,
for his services to the congregation.
A reception was held afterwards in the Cala Hotel.