Monday, February 8, 2016

The Minister


Our Locum Minister – Rev Alistair McLeod.

Alistair is a well-kent face in Markinch and Glenrothes. At a recent Session meeting, it was formally agreed to ask Alistair to be our Locum Minister to work with us and our Interim Moderator on a Sunday and two days a week during our period of vacancy.

In his own words… My journey to the ministry of the church was a somewhat convoluted one.  I had ‘felt the call’ when I was nineteen years old and my parents were still laughing when later HMQ sent me an invitation to join the RAF. I served three years and had a ‘whale’ of a time. When I was demobbed I was asked to join the Intelligence service at the NATO HQ at RAF Pitreavie Castle. I had an exciting and sometimes frightening time there – it was like playing cowboys and Indians but for real.

I decided that I couldn’t do that for ever and although I still thought about the Church, I had already married a Roman Catholic girl and felt that ministry wasn’t the right thing to do.

I trained as a Probation Officer with an added qualification in Psychiatry which led me into all kinds if strange situations which I enjoyed. However, to cut a very long story short, I was quickly promoted to management  taking me away from patients and clients.

The ministry had always been at the forefront of my mind (God never gives up when He had made up His mind) so I left for St Andrews University and was licensed in 1987 coming to Markinch to work alongside Ian Gordon as his probationer. My first and only charge a year later was St Columba’s in Glenrothes, retiring (a joke!) nine years ago.

So here I am back at Markinch and feel that in a way I am coming home!