A large crowd gathered in the church hall at Back on Wednesday (17 June) evening to mark Rev Alasdair Smith’s 50th year in the Christian ministry.
Rev Calum Iain Macleod then an overview of Alasdair Smith’s ministry over the years.
He began by reflecting on his initial years of ministry in Strontian and Acharacle (1965-1971), during which time he married Chrissie Stewart. Messages were also conveyed from Trotternish on the Isle of Skye, where Alasdair ministered from 1971 – 1977 (formerly Kilmuir and Stencholl).
Alasdair’s 13 year ministry in Scalpay bore remarkable fruit. Many came to faith under his preaching, including Back Free Church minister Rev Calum Iain Macleod.
Mention was also made of Alasdair’s short-term ministry in Livonia in 1981 and 1991 and his trip to St Kilda in recent years.
Tribute was paid to Alasdair’s faithful service to the Free Church of Scotland. To this day he retains a seat on the Western Isles Presbytery – of which he has been a member since 1977. Alasdair, who God-willing will turn 90 in August, is also thought to be the only Free Church minister left who has seen war service.
• Full story at the Free Church of Scotland.