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Our Purpose and Strategy

Rutherford House exists to help people to think biblically and theologically. In Scottish society today there is a great need for Christian individuals and organisations to be able to appraise the many complex contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. Our vision is to see the church throughout Scotland reformed, revitalised and reestablished in orthodox evangelical christianity. To that end, we are committed to working with church congregations, Elders, leaders of churches and Academics.

Our History

RH emerged from discussions in 1981 between William Still, erstwhile minister of Gilcomston South Church, Aberdeen and Sinclair Ferguson, former professor of theology and current minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. The vision was to establish a centre for evangelical scholarship and publication with a view toward supporting the church in Scotland.

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Current Projects

We are currently producing a resource for elders which will be available in early spring 2015.  To register interest and to find out more about this resource please click here.

In January 2015 we will be hosting a virtual reading group, led by Gordon Kennedy, the Trustee responsible for carrying forward the work with ministers.  Click here for further details.

Upcoming Events

Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference 2015

Every second year, RH organises the Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference (EDC).  This is a conference for academic theologians, ministers and others who have studied theology at a serious level.   The next conference will take place at Palmerston Place Church, Edinburgh from 31 August to 3 September 2015.  For further details of speakers and to register for the even please click here,

Kingdom Come:  The Rutherford House Ministry Conference

This conference will be based on a similar model to the Scottish Ministry Assembly.  it is aimed at ministers, but also those engaged in preaching and teaching at various levels within the church.  The first conference will take place from 19 – 21 September 2016.  To find our more and register interest, please click here.

 

Our Trustees

 

George Craig

George Craig

George has been a Trustee of Rutherford House for 3 years. He is a General Practitioner in Edinburgh and has also been studying Theology in recent years. At present he is undertaking a PhD at the School of Divinity at Edinburgh University.  He  works part-time as a representative for The Navigators in Scotland.

 

 

Alistair Donald

Alistair Donald

Alistair Donald is a Church of Scotland minister who is now a university chaplain. He worked as an environmental scientist before being called to the ministry, and spent ten years as a parish minister in Aberdeenshire. He has a strong interest in apologetics, especially the relation of science and Christian faith.

 

 

Jonathan Keefe

Jonathan Keefe

Jonathan was raised in Northern Ireland but has lived in Scotland for over twenty years. He is married to Judith and has two young sons, Caleb and Ethan, and a young daughter, Rosie-Joy.  He worked in mental health, homelessness and addiction before studying for the ministry at Glasgow University and Reformed Theological Seminary in the US.  Jonathan is minister in Robroyston Church and is a prison chaplain in Barlinnie prison since 2010.

 

Gordon Kennedy

Gordon Kennedy

Gordon is married to Fiona and they have two sons John and Andrew. Before being called to ministry Gordon worked as a Civil Engineer with Strathclyde Regional Council. Gordon has served in the parishes of New Cumnock, Portpatrick and St Ninians Stranraer and presently at Craiglockhart in Edinburgh. Gordon has an ongoing interest in Old Testament studies and Biblical Theology.

 

Andrew McGowan

Andrew McGowan

Andrew is Minister of Inverness East Church, Prof of Theology in the University of the Highlands and Islands and Honorary Prof in Reformed Doctrine at the University of Aberdeen. He was  Principal of Highland Theological College from 1994-2009.  Andrew chairs the Theological Commission of the World Reformed Fellowship, is President of the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society and Chairman of Rutherford House. He also chairs the RH Research Committee which organises the Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference.                                             Andrew is married to June and they have three sons.

 

Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson is an Elder in Holyrood Evangelical Church. Prior to retirement he was Finance Director with Crossreach. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

 

 

 

 

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Address:  Rutherford House   10 Palmerston Place,  Edinburgh,  SCOTLAND, EH12 5AA

Tel: 0131 220 1621

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