James Simpson (minister)

James A. Simpson is a retired minister of the Church of Scotland. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1994-5 - the first from a Highland parish since the Very Reverend Dr James Mathieson (from Portree Parish Church on the Isle of Skye) in 1975.

Background and career

In 1976 he moved from St. John's Renfield Church, Glasgow to Dornoch Cathedral in Dornoch, Sutherland. In 1997 he demitted his charge at Dornoch to become an "Interim Minister" for several years (helping congregations to working through periods of transition). His first post as an Interim Minister was Almondbank Tibbermore Church in Perthshire.[1] He is also well known for his humorous books and regular column in the Church of Scotland's "Life and Work" magazine.

His title (following the end of his Moderatorial year) is the Very Reverend Dr James Alexander Simpson BSc BD STM DD.

See also


  1. Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ, Volume XI (page 364), T&T Clark Ltd, Edinburgh, 2000, ISBN 0 567 08750 6
Religious titles
Preceded by
James L. Weatherhead
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Succeeded by
James Harkness
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