Former Tiree Teacher To Be Moderator
The Rev John Cairns Christie (aged 62 ) will be appointed Moderator designate of the general Assembly of the Church of Scotland when it meets next May.
John, who lived in Heylipol Schoolhouse, was principal teacher of Science at Tiree High School from 1978 until 1984 when he moved to Inverness Royal Academy. The teaching post there included being warden of Dalneigh Hall of Residence where students from the Highlands and Islands stayed.
Having earlier been ordained as an elder in the Parish church on Tiree and following his time in Inverness, he then went on to study for the ministry at Glasgow University and in 1990 was ordained and inducted to Hyndland Parish Church in Glasgow where he remained for 14 years.
During his time at Hyndland he was responsible for major refurbishment of the sanctuary. At present he is an interim minister in West Kilbride and the Scots Kirk in Lausanne, Switzerland, visiting the latter on a monthly basis.
John, and his late wife Elizabeth, had one daughter, Dr. Margaret Christie, herself a former pupil at Tiree high School, who obtained a PhD from Imperial College London and now works in the European Team at Imperial assisting its world-leading scientists gain European scientific research funding.
While on Tiree, John’s hobbies consisted mainly of helping his neighbouring crofters and being a car mechanic. It is believed that not many Moderators can shear sheep or cut a field of arable silage. However, these ‘hobbies’ have now been superceded by more genteel pursuits such as hill walking, sailing and golf. John is now married to Annette who was widowed around the same time as himself. Annette is a Scottish Indoor Bowling Internationalist and their home is in Helensburgh. The good wishes of the Tiree Community go with them as they travel at home and overseas representing the Church of Scotland.