A Church of Scotland minister and Evangelical Alliance Scotland executive member has been appointed as general secretary of Evangelical Alliance Scotland. Rev. Fred Drummond is to assume this key role in July and will drive forward the organisation’s mission to unite Scottish Christians to be more effective witnesses to Christ and to be a more influential voice to government, society and the Church. Rev. Drummond will replace Rev. Mike Parker, who is moving to the Middle East.
Rev. Drummond, 44, is minister of Perth Riverside Church, Perthshire, Scotland and is on the board of the local YMCA.
“I am excited by the opportunities and challenges that I have been called to at this stage in my life,” Rev. Drummond said. “I’m looking forward to working with a wide range of evangelicals in Scotland.”
Rev. Drummond started his career as an apprentice shipbuilder, studied English and theology and in recent years has become interested in “emerging Church” theology. He earned his doctorate of ministry degree from Columbia University in the USA and specialised in new church ministry. He is married to Caroline and they have two teenage sons. Rev. Drummond has published one book to date, I Spy the Rainbow: Becoming like a Child to Deepen your Spiritual Life, and is currently writing another book about Christian leadership in a postmodern age.
Rev. Graeme Clark, minister of Central Baptist Church in Paisley, and chairman of the appointment committee, commented, “Rev. Drummond brings to this post not only a deep passion for God but outstanding qualities as both a leader and a pastor. He has shown in his work at Riverside and through his wider commitment to the Church in Scotland a vision to see Christians shape the Church to how the world actually is, rather than how they would like the world to be, or remember it used to be. As an author and gifted communicator he will, I am sure, continue to grow the work of the Evangelical Alliance in Scotland in fresh and exciting ways.”
Outgoing general secretary Rev. Mike Parker welcomed Rev. Drummond’s appointment. He said, “I’m delighted to see a clear transition in Evangelical Alliance Scotland and that Mr. Drummond’s gifts will become available to the wider Church. His experience of growing new churches and engaging with Scottish culture will be a great asset to us all.”
Rev. Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance UK, said “We welcome Fred to the staff of the Alliance. His experience as a local pastor will be invaluable. He will make a significant contribution in helping shape Evangelical Alliance Scotland at this strategic moment in its history.”
(This article was edited from an Evangelical Alliance of UK press release.)