The formal installation of a new minister is a momentous event in the history and life of a church.
In the case of Germantown Presbyterian Church and today’s installation of its new pastor, Dr. Will Jones, the event is so significant that one participant is traveling more than 4,000 miles to attend.
Dr. Ian Paterson, who served as minister of St. Michael’s Parish Church (pictured) in Linlithgow, Scotland, for 27 years, will preach and take part in Jones’ installation during the church’s regular 11 a.m. worship service. Paterson is a former missionary to Kenya who was later appointed as one of Queen Elizabeth II’s chaplains.
From 1996-2000, Jones, a native Memphian, served as associate pastor at St. Michael’s in the historic city of Linlithgow, located between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland. Jones served under Paterson and cherished him as a mentor during his years there.
“Ian Paterson has so many pastoral gifts, and I learned so much from him,” said Jones.
Like Germantown Presbyterian, whose original chapel is recognized as the oldest public building in Germantown, St. Michael’s has a long heritage. It celebrated its 750th anniversary four years before Jones and his wife, Susan, arrived. Mary, Queen of Scots was christened in St. Michael’s.
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