Rev Hugh Ferrier is set to become the first-ever minister of the High Free Church in Stornoway.

Earlier today (Wednesday 26 August) the 28-year-old accepted a unanimous call to pastor the Isle of Lewis congregation at a meeting of the Western Isles Presbytery.

A date for his induction will be set at the next meeting of the Presbytery on Wednesday 30 September.

Mr Ferrier had previously been minister of Thurso and North Coast Free Church, where he was inducted to back in 2012.

Through worship services, Bible studies and youth groups the Caithness congregation has seen much blessing during Hugh’s ministry, including seven new members – two by profession of faith – last year. 

The High Free Church officially joined at the October Commission of Assembly last year, and regularly attracts around 300 people in Stornoway Primary School.

Hugh grew up in Alness, attending Invergordon Academy.

During his final year at high school, Church of Scotland men Rev Rob Jones and Rev Ronald Morrison used to take Mr Ferrier on placement each Wednesday in their congregations.

He then studied at St Andrews University where he graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies, before a further three years at the Free Church College in Edinburgh.

During his time as a Free Church student, he had placements at Leith, Barvas, Helmsdale, Thurso and other north coast congregations.

He was licensed for the ministry by the Northern Presbytery in June 2012, before accepting the team ministry post later that year.

Castletown minister Rev Howard Stone has been appointed interim moderator of Thurso and its associated areas in Bettyhill, Halladale and Melvich.