Wellington News Spring 2022 – with a Message from our incoming Transition Minister!

The latest edition of Wellington News is online now! Click on the coveron the left to download the PDF here.

An especially noteworthy contribution in this issue is a message from our new Transition Minister, Rev Richard Baxter who will start his ministry at Wellington in March. Richard writes: 

Dear friends,

I am very much looking forward to joining you at Wellington in early March, and to getting to know you over the months ahead.

I  thought  a  short personal introduction might be helpful, and no doubt over the coming months many of the gaps will be filled in. My background is that I was born and brought up in Bangor, Co. Down, and still have family there. I studied history in Edinburgh and then in Oxford before starting work as a tax inspector in Edinburgh. After five years I left that role and worked as a tax consultant for Arthur Andersen for a couple of years.

Feeling a strong call to ministry (a story I promise to share in due course) I went back to study theology at New College in Edinburgh. My training was carried out in the Kingdom of Fife, and my first post was as minister of Kennoway, Windygates and Balgonie: St Kenneth’s. I spent nineteen happy years there, before moving to Fort William to be minister of what started as the linked charge of Fort William Duncansburgh MacIntosh and Kilmonivaig, and finished as Fort William Kilmallie and Kilmonivaig. I have spent 6 years in Lochaber and have great memories of my time there and the people I have worked alongside. Almost all of my ministry has involved working in teams.

I’m married to Sheryl who is a recently retired teacher. We have two adult children, both living in Glasgow, and we became grandparents for the first time last autumn, much to our delight.

My wider church involvement has had a financial focus (inevitable for former tax inspector!) but also interests in the areas of World Mission and Faith Impact, many of which overlap with priorities I see in the life of Wellington.

Rev Richard Baxter – Transition Minister

So what is a Transition Minister? I’m as new to that as you are, but I see my role first of all to be a faithful minister, preaching the gospel, providing pastoral care, offering support to the congregation’s work and at the same time to guide the congregation through a period of significant change. It will take me some time to get to know Wellington, its ways and its people, and I’ll rely on your help, support and tolerance. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and I trust that together we can serve God and serve our neighbours in positive, lively and creative ways.

Yours in Christ,


P.S. For a sneak preview, feel free to search YouTube for Richard Baxter Fort William to see examples of unscripted, informal worship, mostly in the great outdoors.

For previous editions of the Wellington News click here

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