Welcome to Springburn Parish Church

Church Notables who began in Springburn

In 1933 a young minister came to Springburn as Assistant to the Rev. Stuart Cameron at Springburn Parish Church. After being minister of Houston, he came to Glasgow as Clerk to the Presbytery whose name became a household world, both within the Church, and within the Glasgow Corporation. Eventually he was nominated and installed as the Moderator of the General Assembly, the kirk's highest office. His name is the Very Rev. Andrew Herron, MA, LL.B, D.D. In his book 'Record Apart' he mentions the Rev. Stewart Cameron and himself in 1954 "complete in frock coats and silk hats walking down the hill together after a Sunday Service. He later coined a number of phrases, describing the multi-storey flats as "human filing boxes" and suggested that Glasgow's Coat of Arms should be changed to "the Bulldozer Rampant". This was very true for Springburn.
Another Springburn Assistant was the Rev. William Still who came to Glasgow in May 1944 to work with the Rev. William Fitch. On leaving Springburn he went to Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeen in 1945 a then run-down congregation and remained there for over fifty years, wielding an influential ministry not only to people, but also to ministers, many of whom owe their convictions and aims to his inspiration. It is possible that no one in Scotland has had such an influence on ministers as the Rev. William Still.
Other former Assistants in Springburn were the Philips brothers George and James who came to Springburn in 1953 and 1949 respectively. Both these brothers have wielded an effective ministry, George in Sandyford Henderson Glasgow, who has also been Moderator of the Presbytery, and James in the Abbey Church in Edinburgh.
A person who was brought up in Springburn Hill and who was called to the ministry, holding his Probationary period and Assistantship to St. David's, Knightswood, went on from there to Newmilns, eventually returning to Glasgow in St. George's Tron Church in the City Centre. Not only has he drawn large congregations, both morning and night, but also making a large impact on people, on students, and on students for the Ministry. Not only that, but he has a world-wide ministry, preaching in many different locations particularly in America. Many have thanked God for him. His name is Eric Alexander who retired in 1997
From the new Springburn Parish Church, there have come two ministers, the Rev. Dianne E. Stewart, who was formerly a member of Cowlairs Church, and is now ministering in Milton of Campsie, and the Rev. James Grier, formerly of Springburn North Hill, is now ministering at the Middle Church in Coatbridge.
© Frank Myers 1997

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