John McIndoe (minister)

John H. McIndoe is a retired minister of the Church of Scotland. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1996.

Background and career

John McIndoe was born in Sunderland in 1934.[1] His parents were Scottish; the family moved back to Scotland in 1944 (living in Kilcreggan, Dunbartonshire) when his father took up an appointment with the Inland Revenue. He was educated at Greenock Academy and the University of Glasgow, where he graduated Master of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity. He also took postgraduate studies at Hartford Seminary in the United States.

He was ordained in 1960 by the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of Paisley; he was Assistant Minister at Paisley Abbey 1960-1963. Thereafter he was minister at Park Church, Dundee (1963-1972), followed by St Nicholas Parish Church, Lanark (1972-1988).

He was convener of the Church and Nation Committee from 1980 until 1984. He was Vice-Convener of the Business Committee of the General Assembly from 1988 until 1990. His final charge (1988-2000) was as minister at St Columba's Church, London linked with St Andrew's Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.[2] He was the second successive Moderator to come from the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of England. His predecessor as Moderator was the Very Reverend James Harkness, former Chaplain-General to HM Forces.

He and his wife Evelyn have three grown-up daughters. His title (following the end of his Moderatorial year) is the Very Reverend Dr John Hedley McIndoe MA BD STM DD.

See also


  1. The Herald, 15 October 1995
  2. Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ, Volume XI (pages 115 and 394), T&T Clark Ltd, Edinburgh, 2000, ISBN 0 567 08750 6
Religious titles
Preceded by
James Harkness
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Succeeded by
Alexander McDonald
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