Martin Fair

W. Martin Fair is a minister of the Church of Scotland. He is the Moderator-elect of the General Assembly for 2020-2021. He has also served as the minister at St Andrews Parish Church in Arbroath, Angus since 1992.[1]

Martin Fair
Moderator of the General Assembly
ChurchArbroath: St Andrew's
In officeMay 2020 - May 2021
Predecessor Colin Sinclair
Personal details
ResidenceArbroath, Angus
Children3 Sons
OccupationMinister of Word and Sacrament
EducationStrathclyde University, University of Glasgow, Princeton Theological Seminary

Early life and education

Fair grew up in Thornliebank on the southside of Glasgow, Scotland. Dr Fair was brought up in Spiersbridge Church, now called Thornliebank Parish Church, and his wife Elaine, a primary school teacher by profession, was his childhood sweetheart. They were married on 4 July 1987.[2] The couple grew up on the same street and attended the same school.[1]

Ordained ministry

He has served as the Minister of St Andrew's Parish Church, Arbroath for the whole of his ministry, since being ordained in 1992.

He has served on the Mission & Discipleship Council of the denomination, becoming a vice-convener in time, chairing the Church Without Walls committee.

On 21 October 2019, it was announced that he had been nominated as the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He is due to take up the position in May 2020, at the beginning of the General Assembly.

Personal life

He was born in Glasgow in 1964. He is married to Elaine; they have three sons: Callum, 23, Andrew, 20 and Fraser, 18 (ages as of October 2019).

See also


  1. "Rev Dr Martin Fair is Moderator Designate for 2020-21". Church of Scotland. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  2. "Ministry Team". St Andrew's Parish Church. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
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