Reverend Richard Baxter's calling took him from Africa to Edinburgh

Church of Scotland minister Reverend Richard Baxter OBE, whose calling took him from Malawi to Edinburgh, has died aged 83.

Rev Baxter was born on February 25 1925 and raised in a Glasgow manse.

Married to Ray Friedenthal and ordained to overseas service in 1954, the two then lived, worked and raised a family in Malawi for 15 years, in the course of which Church of Scotland missionaries became ministers of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian.

In 1969, he returned to Scotland to take up the post of Warden of Scottish Churches House, Dunblane, 1969-74, before going on to be minister of Kirkmahoe, Dumfries, in 1975.

He left Kirkmahoe in 1982 and became the assistant at St Andrew’s and St George’s Church in Edinburgh, where he had the specific responsibility of ministering to the offices and shops of the parish.

He retired in 1990 but remained very active in the church and the local community, working at the Sea of Galilee Centre, assisting in South Leith, acting as chaplain to Edinburgh ministers, and as president of the Scottish Church Theology Society.

• Full story at the Edinburgh Evening News.