The Church of Scotland Announces New Moderator-Designate for 2012

The founder of an international interdenominational charity that helps street children has been chosen to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Rev Albert Bogle, minister at St Andrew’s Parish Church in Bo’ness was today nominated Moderator Designate by the Church of Scotland’s Committee to Nominate the Moderator of the General Assembly.

As well as preaching his ministry in Bo’ness Mr Bogle has served the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in various roles from 1983 sitting on the Panel of Worship to being convener of the Kirk’s “Church without Walls” Planning Group from 2004 to 2009.  He is currently a member of the World Mission Future Strategy Group.

The importance of the correlation between local, national and international has had a profound effect on him personally and on his ministry and congregation and it was this that led to Mr Bogle establishing the Vine Trust.

Set up in 1985 the Vine Trust helps some of the poorest children and communities around the world.  Currently, the charity’s Amazon Hope Project provides a health service for around 100,000 patients every year.

Mr Bogle is married to Martha.  The couple have a son and daughter.

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Notes to News Desks:

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is chaired by the Moderator.  He or she leads daily worship, keeps order, rules on points of order and signs documents on behalf of the General Assembly.

The role is an honorary one and is held for 12 months.  During the Moderatorial year he or she generally travels as church representative in Scotland, Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom, as well as travelling overseas in an ambassadorial capacity.

Moderators carry out a series of visits to several Church of Scotland Presbyteries as well as international tours.

The Committee to Nominate the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland consists of a representative from each presbytery, the three immediate past Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.         

Release comes with a photograph of Rev Bogle.

For further information please contact the Church of Scotland Communications Department on 0131 240 2268.

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