The Scottish RP Theological Seminary Opening Meeting was held on Friday the 11th October 2013 at Airdrie RP Church. Rev. Kenneth Stewart led the meeting and opened with a Psalm and prayer. Video greetings were then shown from Dr. Jerry O’Neill, President of RPTS in Pittsburgh, USA, and from Rev. Katsunori Endo, Rev. Shigeru Takiura, and Rev. Charles Leach of Kobe Theological Hall in Japan. Rev. Prof. Robert McCollum then brought greetings from the Reformed Theological College in Belfast and spoke of the great history of sharing in the training of men for ministry that has gone on between the Irish and Scottish RP Churches.
After the singing of Psalm 67, Rev. Stewart then introduced Rev. Andrew Quigley, the Seminary Principal, who in turn introduced the faculty and students to the congregation. Rev. Quigley then addressed the meeting from 1 Timothy 3 and 2 Timothy 4. He spoke of how God has given the Church the responsibility of bearing the truth of God’s Word before the world and how it is to hold and proclaim the truth. This is an all-encompassing task – all other aspects and responsibilities of the church flow out from holding and proclaiming the truth. It is an exclusive task, given solely to the church. It is an entrusting task. The church is responsible to entrust to faithful men the truth so that they in turn will go and entrust it to the people of God. Rev. Quigley spoke of how the Seminary would seek to train men to have character, competence, compassion, and courage through immersing them in the Word of God.
The meeting then closed with the singing of Psalm 126 and prayer and a thank offering was taken up. A light supper was then served in the church hall.
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Some pictures from the evening
The service of ordination and induction was held at Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church. Beside the members of Presbytery there were many there from the Airdrie, Glasgow, North Edinburgh, and Stornoway congregations as well as visitors from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, the Free Church of Scotland, the Free Church of Scotland, Continuing, and other churches.
Rev. Kenneth Stewart, the moderator of Presbytery, gave the charge to Mr. Mackinnon and the congregation. Preaching from 2 Timothy 4, he powerfully set out the work of the minister in preaching the Word, reproving, rebuking, and exhorting with patience and teaching. Rev. Andrew Quigley, the Presbytery Clerk, then put the ordination vows to Mr. Mackinnon. Mr. Mackinnon was then ordained and inducted through prayer made by Rev. Donald Macdonald and by the laying on of hands.
After the service a light supper was served and people had time to enjoy each other’s company and rejoice in what God is doing. Presentations were then made to Rev. Mackinnon, his wife, Karen, and his wee son, Samuel. Rev. Mackinnon then thanked his family, those who had been a great help to him in his preparation for the ministry, and the Glasgow Session for their oversight and care of him as a licentiate. Please keep Rev. Mackinnon and his family in your prayers as they begin this church planting work in Stirling.
Members of Presbytery present at the ordination
Standing left to right: Rev. Peter Loughridge (North Edinburgh); Rev. Andrew Quigley (Airdrie); Mr. D. R. Macdonald (Stornoway); Rev. Tim Donachie; Mr. George Rodger (Airdrie); Mr. Iain Gillies (Glasgow); Mr. Ian Shaw (Airdrie)
Seated left to right: Rev. Donald Macdonald (Stornoway); Mr. Sam Bell (Airdrie); Mr. Bill Lucas (Stornoway); Rev. Donnie Mackinnon (Stirling); Rev. Kenneth Stewart (Glasgow); Mr. M.D. Maclean (Stornoway)
On Wednesday evening the 11th January 2012 at 7.30pm Presbytery met in Glasgow for the licensure of Mr. Donald Mackinnon. Mr. Mackinnon preached on Exodus 27 and Exodus 30 and how these two altars point us to Christ. After the sermon Presbytery approved Mr. Mackinnon as a licentiate. Mr. Mackinnon will be under the oversight of the Glasgow Session for the next six months and will be seconded to Stranraer RPC for six Lord’s Days.