David Sinclair, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, will be a significant contribution to the rich relations existing between the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren and churches in English-speaking countries. He has been working in the ECCB’s Central Church Office since the beginning of the year and is to spend the coming four years taking care of foreign visitors, organising their programme, and being available to any congregations wishing to develop partnerships with churches in English-speaking countries.
David Sinclair was the pastor of Wellington church in Glasgow from 2008 to 2017. During that time he also spent a year as Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery; and before this time he was the Secretary of the Church and Society Council, which is part of the organisational structure of the Church of Scotland. He commented on his four years in the Czech Republic by saying: “Before retiring is the right time to accept a new challenge.”
He came to the Czech Republic with his wife Mary, who used to be a teacher. They both started attending an intensive Czech language course in November and only went home for Christmas to spend this time with their children and grandchildren in Scotland.
The Church of Scotland has had long-lasting and close relations with the ECCB. The Scottish presbyterian-synodal arrangement served as an example when the ECCB’s administrative structure was being set up in 1918, when the ECCB was founded. Czech theologians had already studied in Edinburgh in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century; contacts between both churches were renewed after 1989. In recent years, the ECCB’s pastors Magdaléna Trgalová and Petr Peňáz were sent on a mission to Scottish churches, where they worked and lived with their families. At present, Ida Tenglerová is fulfilling this service. “Cooperation is one of the joyful parts of our earthly journey towards building the Body of Christ and seeking ways to testify our reformed faith,” said the Secretary of the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland as David Sinclair was sent to work in the Czech Republic.
Our hope for the Sinclairs is that these words will come true and that they will have a good time living and working here with us.