MEMBERS of the congregation at Bearsden Cross Church have welcomed a new minister.
Rev Graeme Wilson (48) told The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald this week that he is very much looking forward to working there.
He said: “This always seemed like an exciting opportunity, the church has an interesting and vibrant congregation and it’s in a good location at the Cross.
“I had an immediate rapport with folk there, I felt we connected, my professional background in finance probably helped.
“Bearsden Cross Church has had various challenges over the years including the union of Bearsden North and South, lots of work going on with the building and the organ refurbishment.
“Everyone is ready now to look forward and outwards and find opportunities to serve God in the community.”
Rev Wilson was born and educated in East Kilbride and became a communicant member of East Kilbride: Old Parish in 1981, aged 16, and became an Elder there in 1985, aged 20. In 1986 he was transferred to London by his employers Bank of Scotland and remained living and working there for nearly 15 years.
He said: “Church life has always been important to me, and almost immediately after arriving in London I found a home from home in St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street, where I also served as an Elder.
“My sense of calling to the ministry began to tentatively emerge in the mid/late 1990’s, and I spent a period of about three to four years ignoring, brushing aside and fighting my increased sense of vocation. Finally, I stopped struggling and came to understand that serving God and God’s people was indeed my calling and vocation and that I should follow the strength of my convictions and do something about it.”
He put himself forward for consideration by the Church of Scotland and was accepted as a candidate for the full-time Ministry of Word and Sacrament in June 2000.
He left London, his career, flat and friends behind and moved to Edinburgh in October 2000 to study Divinity at New College and graduated with BD (Hons) in July of 2003 and was awarded a Trustee scholarship by Princeton Theological Seminary to study there for the academic year 2003-4.
He graduated from Princeton with the degree of Th.M (Master of Theology) and returned to Scotland to serve as the Probationer Assistant Minister at Ayr: St Columba in July 2004. He continued to work there until being ordained and inducted to Galston Parish Church in January 2006 where he spent seven happy years as a minister.
In the summer of 2005 he met Julie Tedford from Ayr and they married in October of 2007. They have no children. In his spare time he plays table tennis in the West of Scotland League, golf and chess and tries to find time to follow his beloved team Ayr United whenever he can.
He has a younger brother, David, who lives in New York and is married to Meredith and they have one son Isaac.