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News from St. John’s
On the 8th February at morning services in St. John’s and Old Parish & St Paul’s the nominee for the vacant charge, the Rev. Doctor Leon Keller preached to the two congregations. It was evident in the lead up the Sunday that was an air of both anxiousness and excitement amongst the nominating committee, the members and adherents. After preaching from Galatians in both churches, a vote was taken with a positive result, firstly announced to the nominee and then the congregations, by Rev. Bruce Lawrie the Interim Moderator. Members of both congregations had gathered in Old Parish & St. Paul’s to hear the result and enjoy a light buffet lunch.
The Rev. Leon Keller and his wife Janette, pronounced Yanette in Africans, had flown in from Capetown, South Africa a few days before to be acquainted with the facilities in the two churches. As Rev. Keller had been to Galashiels last August but without his wife, the nominating committee had arranged a programme for the visit so that his wife could see the churches, tour Langlee and the Galashiels area.
Leon and Janette returned to South Africa on 11th February from Newcastle Airport to Cape Town and then on to their home near the Pringle Bay area. They will begin to make arrangements for their return ahead of an induction which has been pencilled in for early May but Leon has to conduct the wedding of his daughter in April. They are an extremely friendly couple and committed to being able to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the Community of Langlee and to meet its people. It will be a complete change of culture for them and we trust that the community here in Langlee will make them welcome.
Rev Dr Leon Keller
Dr Keller was born in 1958, is married and has three grown up children. A minister with the Dutch Reformed Church, Dr Keller speaks English and Afrikaans. During his ministry in South African, Dr Keller has been the minister to both white and black congregations and has also worked with the marginalised in society. Dr Keller loves reading and has many sport interests; cycling, running, squash, tennis and canoeing. He is aware of the need for ministers in Scotland and he has an “inner calling” to make himself available to serve in the Church of Scotland.
The history of the DRC is closely linked to the Church of Scotland through the early work of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries in South Africa. Their influence still has an effect on the Dutch Reformed Church to this day.
Dr Keller feels he can make a contribution to the church that made such a huge impact on the earlier history of South Africa and the Dutch Reformed Church in particular.
“I have a desire and call to serve the Lord and His Church. I have been a minister in the Church continuously for the past 26 years and served in 4 parishes. I feel called to serve The Church of Scotland in the remainder of my years as the Lord guides and leads me. It is my desire to preach and teach God’s Word so that we all may come to the maturity of our faith. The need of every man is the same and the truths of God’s Word are still able to meet that need and show us the eternal life which is in Jesus Christ so that the church may be grounded in the Word and growing in the Spirit.”
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