Our minister is the Rev. Calum Iain Macleod who was inducted into the congregation in 2010. A native of the island of Scalpay, Calum Iain was previously minister of Barvas Free Church. He is married to Murdina, from Skye, and they have three girls, Anne Marie, Rachel Kate and Eilidh.
Brief biographies of former ministers, along with historical information about the Free Church in Lewis, can be read on the history page.
- Free Church College
- Free Church Homepage
- Cross Free Church
- Harris Free Church
- Knock Free Church
- Scalpay Free Church
- Point Free Church
- Shawbost Free Church
- North Uist Free Church
- South Uist and Benbecula Free Church
- The Gambia Partnership
- African Bible University Uganda
John Charles Maciver – Obituary
John Charles Maciver (1941 – 2010)
Elder, Back Free Church
John Charles Maciver was the youngest son of John and Murdina Maciver, 47b Back, whose family of three sons and four daughters were well-known and respected throughout the whole district as well as in most of the island. His death took place on Sunday morning 28th November 2010 in Bethesda Nursing Home.
John Charles suffered three years with a lingering, incapacitating and distressing illness which was caused by a cerebral haemorrhage that occurred on board the cruise ship The Hebridean Princess, where he had been a leading seaman for a number of years. Little visible improvement occurred in his condition during his last three years and during that time he was deprived of his personal independence and being in a condition where he was relying on the family and carers that attended to him was not easy for a private person such as John Charles.
He, as a teenager, found work in Glasgow. After a short time of city life he joined the Merchant Navy and he stayed there until work in the oil fabrication yard at Arnish attracted him and he settled back in the family home, working with many locals building the oil rig.
He was a very active man who disliked being idle and between periods of employment he found work in one of the tweed mills in Stornoway. He was a very neat and organised person who was always immaculately dressed.
Those who knew him then never doubted the reality of the transformation grace brought about in his life. From the time of his conversion and especially from the time he made public profession of faith in 1986 his daily walk and conversation was of a person who appreciated the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith. Because of this he invariably dwelt in his public prayers, on ‘the wonder of the blessed path on which the Lord of all grace had placed him’.
The welfare of the Lord’s cause in the community was of concern to John Charles and this was manifestly recognised when he was elected first as a deacon and then as an elder. The duties of both offices were carried out with care and efficiency. Our prayerful sympathy is extended to his brother and four sisters.
Minister: Rev C. I. Macleod :: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Officer: Mr Murdo J. Morrison :: Address: Back Free Church of Scotland, Vatisker, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0LN