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 11th September 2018, Rev Dr Peter McEnhill, B.D. Ph.D
Dr McEnhill studied for the ministry at St Mary's College in the University of St Andrews - Scotland's most ancient medieval university. Taking many prizes in theology, the student achievement of which he is most proud was winning the Frank Muir Prize for Humour. His first charge was Anderston Kelvingrove in Glasgow city centre from where he left to become Barbour Chair Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster College, Cambridge. He was an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge and member of the Faculty of Divinity, serving on the University Higher Degree Committee. His publications include 50 Key Christian Thinkers, (with Professor George Newlands), and Theology Reformed and Reforming. (Ed)., as well as many journal articles. From Westminster he left to become Minister of Kilmacolm Old Kirk in 2007, and in 2011 he became Clerk to the Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley. He is an experienced ecumenist, representing the Church of Scotland in the World Communion of Reformed Churches dialogue with the Oriental Orthodox Churches - and the Council of European Churches dialogue with the Easter Orthodox Churches. He also represented the World Communion of Churches at the WCC Faith and Order Conference at Kuala Lumpur in 2002.
He has served the Church of Scotland on national bodies such as the Board of Social Responsibility, the Panel on Doctrine, the Ecumenical Relations Committee and the Mission and Disciple Council. From 2008 - 2010 he was a member of the Church of Scotland Special Commission tasked with reviewing the Third Declaratory Article - the article which commits the Church of Scotland to a territorial parish ministry.
He is married to Linda and has two adult children, Peter Ewen and Jennifer-Anne. His interests include reading, writing theology when he gets the time, dog-walking with Mungo his Dalmatian, playing the guitar and cooking. He is passionately devoted to the music of the Beatles - and jangly guitar groups in general. His facebook page describes him as 'occasionally religious on a professional basis.'
Rev Dr Peter McEnhill
Other Presbytery Appointments
Representatives on General Assembly Committees