Russell Barr

Russell Barr (born 15 October 1953) is a minister of the Church of Scotland, who was nominated in late 2015 to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.[1]

Russell Barr
Moderator of the General Assembly
ChurchChurch of Scotland
In officeMay 2016 – May 2017
PredecessorAngus Morrison
SuccessorDerek Browning
Personal details
Birth nameGeorge Russell Barr
Born (1953-10-15) 15 October 1953

Early life and education

Barr was born on 15 October 1953 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.[2] He received a doctorate of ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.[3]

Ordained ministry

Since 1993, he has been the minister of Cramond Kirk in Edinburgh.[3] He is chairman of the Edinburgh-based charity Fresh Start,[1][3] which helps people who have been homeless establish themselves in their new home.[4]

In October 2015 he was nominated to succeed Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.[3] He took office in May 2016.[1] He was succeeded as Moderator by Dr Derek Browning in May 2017.

Personal life

Barr is married to Margaret, a retired teacher. They have one son and daughter.[3]

See also


  1. "Homelessness charity founder Russell Barr to be moderator". BBC News. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  2. "BARR, Rt Rev. Dr (George) Russell". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  3. "Cramond minister is Moderator Designate". Church of Scotland website. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. "About us". Fresh Start website. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

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