Presbytery of Glasgow

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The Presbytery of Glasgow one of the 46 Presbyteries of the Church of Scotland. It dates back to the earliest periods of Presbyterian church government in the Church of Scotland in the late 16th century. The Presbytery of Glasgow currently has 125 congregations, making it by far the largest Presbytery in the Church of Scotland. Congregations vary in location from suburbs and urban priority areas (representing part of the poorest 5% of Scotland’s population) to outlying towns and villages. The Presbytery boundaries extend beyond the City of Glasgow to include parts of four other local authority areas (East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire).


As a Presbyterian church, the Church of Scotland has no bishops. Instead courts of ministers, elders and deacons have collective responsibility for the governance of the church. The Presbytery is the intermediate court of the church, subject to the General Assembly and responsible for the oversight of Kirk Sessions (at a congregational level.) As with all courts of the Church, the Presbytery is chaired by an annually elected Moderator.

Moderator of the Presbytery

Each year Presbytery nominates a Moderator to serve for one year. The Moderator begins their term in June, and represents the Presbytery at church, ecumenical, inter-denominational and civic events, among others. In 2003-2004, the Rev Adah Younger (minister at Dennistoun Central Parish Church) became the first woman to be Moderator of the Presbytery.

Presbytery Meetings

The Presbytery meets each month (except January, July and August). Twice a year, smaller regional meetings are held covering a number of topics. All meeting dates, times and venues are advertised on the Presbytery website (

Presbytery Structure

The Presbytery is based around a committee structure made up of: Community Responsibility; Ecumenical Relations & Interfaith Matters; Education; Learning & Nurture; Ministry; Mission; Nominations; Property; Staffing; Stewardship & Finance; Strategic Planning; Superintendence (including Safeguarding); World Mission; and Worship.

Presbytery Clerk

The Presbytery Clerk is Rev George Cowie, formerly parish Minister at South Holburn in Aberdeen Presbytery [1] Previous Presbytery Clerks include Very Rev Bill Hewitt, Rev Dr Graham Blount, Rev Dr Angus Kerr (2009-2012) formerly minister at Newton Mearns Parish Church and Very Rev Dr David Lunan, (2002-2008) Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2008-2009.

The Presbytery Office is located in Glasgow city centre within the Renfield Centre, attached to Renfield St Stephen's Church, at 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP.

See also

Other denominations

External links

  • Presbytery of Glasgow - official website
  • Glasgow Churches Together
  • The Independent: Obituary of the Very Rev Andrew Herron, Presbytery Clerk 1959-1981


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