Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley
 Clerk pro tem:Rev Dr Alistair Shaw 


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.


Presbytery Moderator


New Moderator appointed on 10th September 2019, Mr Jack McHugh

 Jack McHugh was born and brought up in Edinburgh. He is married to Jennifer and they have two sons Callum and Andrew; he has three grandchildren Samuel who is eleven, Amelia who is nine and Louisa who is five.

Jack joined The Scottish Gas Board as an Apprentice Engineer upon leaving school. He worked in Edinburgh in the Service Department until 1984 when he moved through to the west to take up a position with British Gas in Greenock. Thereafter he moved about a bit in various roles with British Gas finally retiring early from his position as Glasgow Area Service Manager in 1995. Upon retiring from British Gas he trained as a driving instructor and ran his own driving school until a couple of years ago when he finally retired again.

Jack plays golf in his spare time and is a member of Kilmacolm Golf Club currently playing off a handicap of 9.6; he also has a wee feeling of affection for Hibs whom he supported as a young boy. Jack’s son Callum and his Grandson Samuel encourage him to go back to Edinburgh to watch them more times than he really thinks is sensible.

Jack is an Elder, Presbytery Elder, and Prayer Secretary in Freeland Church Bridge of Weir. On the 9th March 1995 he was set apart as a Reader. Jack has been privileged to serve as Interim Moderator and Locum in various congregations in Greenock and Paisley Presbytery.

Jack feels extremely humbled and honoured to have been called to the Readership to preach the Good News about his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Other Presbytery Appointments

Safeguarding Coordinator
Mrs G Abraham
Rev M Leitch, Rev D Stewart
Contacts in Case of Civil Emergency
Rev F Murphy, (Inverclyde)
Press & Publicity Officer
Rev A Sorensen


Representatives on General Assembly Committees

Presbytery Panel
Rev Dr Peter McEnhill
Renfrewshire Educational Trust
Rev A Sorensen
Inverclyde Council Education Committee
Rev David Burt
East Renfrewshire Council Education Committee
Glasgow Presbytery
Renfrewshire Council Education Committee


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Quarrier’s Village
Bridge of Weir
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