The founder of an international churches' charity that helps street children has been chosen to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The Rev Albert Bogle, minister at St Andrew’s Parish Church in Bo’ness, was this week nominated Moderator Designate by the Church of Scotland committee responsible for the process.
As well as serving in Bo’ness, Mr Bogle has served the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in various roles from 1983, sitting on the Panel of Worship to being convener of the Kirk’s “Church without Walls” Planning Group from 2004 to 2009. He is currently a member of the Kirk's World Mission Future Strategy Group.
The importance of the correlation between local, national and international has had a profound effect on the moderator designate personally, as well as on his ministry and congregation, and it was this that led to Mr Bogle establishing the Vine Trust.
Set up in 1985 the Vine Trust assists some of the poorest children and communities around the world. Currently, the charity’s Amazon Hope Project provides a health service for around 100,000 patients every year.
Mr Bogle is married to Martha. The couple have a son and daughter.
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is chaired by the Moderator. He or she leads daily worship, keeps order, rules on points of order and signs documents on behalf of the General Assembly. The role is an honorary one and is held for 12 months.
During the Moderatorial year, the incumbent acts as church representative in Scotland, Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom, as well as travelling overseas in an ambassadorial capacity.