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We are delighted to advise that Rev John McNeil Scott has been as the new Principal of the Scottish United Reformed and Congregational College to succeed Revd Dr Jack Dyce with effect from 2nd October 2017. John has been a Minister of Word and Sacrament on the roll of the United Reformed Church since 1997. He is currently minister of the First Church, Belfast. Previous appointments include: Chaplaincy roles in Higher Education, a Foreign Legal Consultant at a law firm in Taiwan and Associate Lecturer at the Open University. Further details are available here

John will also assume the role of training officer for the National Synod of Scotland of the United Reformed Church. He will work closely with the synod team to develop learning and development material to meet the future challenges patterns of ministry within the synod.

Revd Dr Jack Dyce is retiring from his role as principal and Professor of Systematic Theology having held the role since 1999. Jack has accepted a newly created post as Emeritus Professor of Nordic Theology at the college. The college management committee are delighted that Jack will still be contributing to the work of the college after his retirement as principal.

Commenting on this appointment Myra Rose, Chair of the Trustees said ‘I am delighted that the Revd John McNeil Scott will be joining the Scottish United Reformed and Congregational College as our new principal. He brings a wealth of experience with him to the role and is well placed to lead the college into the next phase of development as patterns of ministry and the need for lay training evolve. I would also like to record my sincere thanks, and those of the management committee, to the Revd Dr Jack Dyce for his 18 years’ of dedicated service as Principal of the college.’

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Revd John McNeil Scott

“I am enormously excited and humbled to be appointed to this important role. I am all too aware what a difficult act Revd Dr Jack Dyce will be to follow. But I am sustained by the knowledge that both Synod and College carry embedded habits of heart, mind and soul which can carry us all forward in freshness and faithfulness. I am not sure that anyone could ask for more than an opportunity to gain from, and give to, a learning community such as this.

“There is a nimbleness, a lightness and a sense of openness for which the Scottish College and the Synod is known and I am really looking forward to being a part of that.