Homeless charity founder will be next Church of Scotland moderator
Revered Dr Russell Barr, who set up Fresh Start more than 15 years ago, has been unveiled as the moderator designate.
The founder of a homeless charity is to be the next moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The Revered Dr Russell Barr, who set up Edinburgh-based Fresh Start more than 15 years ago, has been unveiled as the moderator designate, the Kirk said.
The 62-year-old, who is minister at the city's Cramond Kirk, said he was "excited, honoured and overwhelmed" to be chosen for the 12-month leadership role which he will take up in May 2016. He will succeed the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison.
Dr Barr said: "It is not a role that I ever imagined being asked to do. It is humbling to be elected by your peers to serve the Church in this way.
"I will seek to use the role to raise moral and ethical issues, and publicise the important part the Church plays in public life."
He said he also hoped to raise greater awareness of homelessness and food poverty.
Fresh Start, which is supported by more than 80 congregations in Edinburgh and employs 18 people, provides food and offers cookery classes and lessons on budgeting and growing fruit and vegetables.
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