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Female reverend is new moderator
Sheilagh Kesting
Miss Kesting is the second female moderator of the General Assembly
The Reverend Sheilagh Kesting has been named as the next moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Miss Kesting, 53, from Stornoway in the Isle of Lewis, is Secretary of the Church of Scotland Committee on Ecumenical Relations.

She will succeed current incumbent, the Reverend Alan McDonald, in May.

Miss Kesting becomes the second female Moderator of the General Assembly after Dr Alison Elliot in 2004.

Ecumenical relations

She was educated at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway and Edinburgh University.

The moderator designate spent her probationary period in St John's Renfield Church in Glasgow and was inducted to Overtown Parish Church, Lanarkshire in 1980, just as the steel works were closing.

In 1986, Miss Kesting was inducted to the newly united congregation of St Andrew's High, Musselburgh in East Lothian.

She has been secretary to the Committee on Ecumenical Relations since 1993.

Miss Kesting lists her interests as gardening, singing oratorio in a choir and photography.

She will be the first female moderator to be a minister in the church.

Dr Alison Elliot is an elder.

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