Seminary Principal: Rev Graeme Craig Tel. 01851 700298
Clerk of Seminary: Rev H J T Woods Tel. 01463 782303
Westhill, Inverness IV2 5BP
The Free Church Seminary
Seminary Report 2019
This is my last Report as Principal of the Seminary. It has been my joy and privilege to serve as Lecturer in Church History & Principles for the past eleven years and Principal for five. To be entrusted by the Church in these roles has been humbling. I can but pray that the Lord would follow with His blessing the work done, in which I have had a felt inadequacy, but dependence upon Himself. This is something keenly felt by all the Lecturers.
The work of the Seminary has proceeded well this year. Our two able students are at the end of their course and will graduate in June, Lord willing. There is one other student passing through the Seminary course, Mr Tyler Ray, who is attached to our Atlanta congregation. He has just completed his first year of a four-year course.
Although there are no students anticipated for the next Session, the Lecturers will be active with a new distance-learning Certificate in Theological Studies course. This is a two-year modular course covering core issues in all five disciplines. Each of the Lecturers has two modules in their own subjects. The purpose of the Certificate course is not to prepare men for the ministry as such, but to make Biblical and Reformed teaching available to those office-bearers and other laymen who desire an introduction to some Reformed distinctives in a manageable way for those who are working men. This course was initiated at the beginning of the year (2019) and there are three students (from the USA, Kenya and Northern Ireland) pursuing the course. The Seminary Committee are restricting entry to three students per year only.
Another notable feature of the work of the Seminary is the production for 2019 of the 5th Annual Seminary Journal. Once again, all the lecturers have contributed to an interesting and stimulating piece of work. We commend it to the Church.
We are deeply thankful to the Lord for His goodness to us in enabling this good work to continue. We solicit the prayers of the Church that the work of the Seminary and each of the lecturers might be abundantly blessed by the Holy Spirit, and that it may please the Lord Jesus to raise up among us both students for the work of the ministry and lecturers to continue to prepare men for this greatest of callings.
John W. Keddie, Principal