Lorna Hood

Elizabeth Lorna Hood, OBE, QHC (born 21 April 1953) is a minister of the Church of Scotland. From 1979 to 2016, she was the Minister of North Parish Church, Renfrew. From 2013 to 2014, she also served as Moderator of its General Assembly.

Lorna Hood

Moderator of the General Assembly
ChurchChurch of Scotland
Elected18 May 2013
In office2013 to 2014
PredecessorAlbert Bogle
SuccessorJohn Chalmers
Other postsMinister of North Parish Church, Renfrew (1979–2016)
Personal details
Birth nameElizabeth Lorna Hood
Born (1953-04-21) 21 April 1953
Peter (m. 1979)
EducationKilmarnock Academy
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow

Early life and education

Hood was born in Irvine, Ayrshire on 21 April 1953.[1] She was educated at Kilmarnock Academy. She studied at the University of Glasgow, graduating with an undergraduate Master of Arts (MA (Hons)) degree in 1974 and a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree in 1977.[2]

Ordained ministry

She was ordained by the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of Edinburgh in 1978 whilst serving as Assistant Minister at St Ninian's Church in Corstorphine, Edinburgh. She was inducted to her charge of the North Parish Church in Renfrew in June 1979.[3] In 2008 she was appointed to be one of ten Chaplains to The Queen in Scotland.[4]

Hood retired from full-time ministry in October 2016. Having led Renfrew North Parish Church for 37 years, she holds the record as the "longest-serving woman parish minister".[2]


On 30 October 2012, Hood was nominated to be Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for 2013/2014; she was duly formally elected as Moderator on 18 May 2013 – the first day of the General Assembly's week-long annual session.[5]

Hood was to have been succeeded as Moderator by Angus Morrison. On 18 March 2014 the Church of Scotland announced that Morrison had withdrawn his nomination on grounds of ill health.[6] On 2 April it was announced that she was to be succeeded by John Chalmers, the Principal Clerk to the General Assembly.

Personal life

In 1979, the then Lorna Mitchell married Peter Hood.[1] They have two grown up children.[2]


In February 2013 she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[7]

In 2013 Lorna Hood accepted Honorary Membership of the Irvine Burns Club offered in recognition of her achievements, links with Ayrshire and her interest in the life and legacy of Robert Burns.

In December 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of Glasgow.

In the 2017 Birthday Honours, Hood was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to the Church of Scotland and charity".[8][9]



  1. 'HOOD, Very Rev. (Elizabeth) Lorna', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 9 Aug 2017
  2. "Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood retires from ministry after 37 years at Renfrew North". Church of Scotland. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  3. Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ, Volume XI (page 125), T&T Clark Ltd, Edinburgh, 2000, ISBN 0-567-08750-6
  4. "Paisley News - Latest news updates, pictures, video, reaction - Daily Record". Paisleydailyexpress.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. Scotland, The Church of. "Moderator-Designate withdraws due to ill health". Churchofscotland.org.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. "Woman's Hour - The Power List 2013 - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. "Mundell congratulates Scots recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours". GOV.UK. Scotland Office. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  8. "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2017. p. B12.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Albert Bogle
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Succeeded by
John Chalmers
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