What is a Presbytery?
Church of Scotland government is organised on the basis of courts, mainly along lines set between 1560 and 1690. Each of these courts has developed committees, which may include other members of the Church, and those at national level now employ full-time staff.
At the local parish level: the court is a kirk session. Kirk sessions oversee the local congregation and its parish, and consist of elders presided over by a minister.
At the district level: the court is a presbytery. Presbyteries consist of all the ministers in the district and an equal number of elders, along with members of the diaconate (a form of ordained ministry, usually working in a complementary role in a ministry team in both parish and industry sector contexts).
At the national level: the court is the highest court of the Kirk - the General Assembly. The General Assembly consists of around 400 ministers, 400 elders, and members of the diaconate, all representing the presbyteries.
The Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley meets for ordinary business 10 times per year and meets at other times (e.g. for ordinations and inductions of ministers etc.) as determined by the presbytery.
New Moderator appointed on 13th September 2016, Rev Ann McCool
Ann is the Minister in Johnstone High Parish Church where she has served for the last 15 years. Her first charge was in the High Kirk of Stevenston where she served for 12 years. Before being called to the ministry, Ann was a speech and drama teacher.
Ann believes that Bible Study and Prayer are central to the Christian faith, and that we need to be drawn to a loving relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
Ann has 2 sons and 2 granddaughters. Her grandchildren were born in Australia and she’s visited them 5 times already!
In her spare time, Ann enjoys going to the Theatre and eating out with friends.
Other Presbytery Appointments
Representatives on General Assembly Committees