Published: 09/10/2017 12:11 - Updated: 09/10/2017 12:14

Rev Susan Brown to be next Church of Scotland Moderator


Susan Brown, minister at Dornoch Cathedral.
Susan Brown, minister at Dornoch Cathedral.


Rev Susan Brown, minister of Dornoch Cathedral, will be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

She will step into the 12-month role next May, succeeding Right Rev Dr Derek Browning.

The 58-year-old says she is “deeply moved and honoured” to be chosen as the Church of Scotland’s ambassador for 2018-19.

Mrs Brown said: “Being Moderator will not be about what I can do, but about what God wants to do.

“I am conscious that it is both a great privilege and a great responsibility - one I can only undertake at God’s prompting.”

Rev Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk of the Church of Scotland, welcomed Mrs Brown’s appointment.

He said: “I was delighted to hear of Susan’s nomination.

“She brings great personal qualities and a wide range of ministerial, community and family experience to the post.

“I look forward to working with her throughout the year.”

Mrs Brown brings 32 years of experience as a Highlands minister to the role.

Her first parish as a fully-fledged minister was at Killearnan on the Black Isle.

She spent 13 years there before moving to Dornoch Cathedral.

Mrs Brown said: “Dornoch is a beautiful place to be and Dornoch people have a wonderful warmth and hospitality.

“When you’re in the far north you are much more likely to be at the heart of everything and that’s very important to me.

“In the Highlands you will find the church at the heart of the community and the community in the heart of the church.”

Until now Mrs Brown was probably best known as the minister who married Madonna and Guy Ritchie in December 2000 and baptised their son Rocco.

As minister at the 13th century Dornoch Cathedral, she is asked to marry around 30-40 couples every year.

Mrs Brown said: “It’s always a pleasure and an honour to ask for God’s blessing when a couple are celebrating their love.

“I see it as an opportunity to welcome people into our congregation.

“What you always hope is that the marriage will last for life.”

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