The Minister

Reverend David R Gemmell

David studied at Glasgow University, was ordained in August 1991 in Fenwick and moved to the Auld Kirk in October 1999.

He is married to Helen and has two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf and watching rugby.

His vision for the Auld Kirk is to help the congregation create a place where people can encounter God in worship; to make the church more relevant and useful in the modern world; and to make sure that the good news of Jesus is still seen and heard by all.

Minister's Blog


Four months ago, we had to close the doors of the Auld Kirk to help with the fight against the corona virus. It has been a difficult time, but I have to say that I am delighted to announce that the Church will be open again on Sunday 2nd August.

There will be social distancing and other measures in place, which will mean that we can only accommodate 50 people at any time in the building; so get along early to avoid the queues!!!

Seriously though, you have all had a letter telling you what to expect when you do feel that it is right for you to return. Things will be different for while, but God has brought us this far and I am sure it will not be too long before we are worshipping normally again.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Session for all their hard work over the past four months, keeping in touch with their districts and keeping me up to date with members. I would especially like to thank Kate Lockhart, Brian McInroy and Iain Gemmell for all the work they put into the Return to Church Plan; we would not be opening next week if it were not for them.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who supported me over the past four months by taking part in the video communions, watching or listening to the services on line and for all the messages of support during lockdown; they were much appreciated. I know that not every minister was as fortunate during the crisis.

The crisis may not be totally over, but we have come this far and I am confident that together we can move forward and make plans for the future.

I look forward to seeing you in the Auld Kirk, when the time is right for you.

Your minister & friend

David R Gemmell