The Rev. Calum MacLeod, BA (Hons), BD (Hons), comes from the Outer Hebridean island of Berneray and is a native speaker of Gaelic. He was educated at the University of Stirling, where he read Philosophy, and at the University of Edinburgh, where he read Christian Dogmatics in the Faculty of Divinity. Whilst studying for the ministry in New College, Edinburgh, he specialised in Theological Science under the late Professor T. F. Torrance, internationally renowned expert and pioneer of that field.
After completing an Assistantship in Cadder, Bishopbriggs, he was ordained as Associate Minister of St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen in 1979. In 1984, he became Minister of the Old Parish Church of Arbroath and was Minister of Howard Saint Andrew’s Parish Church, Kilmarnock, from 1989 until 2007, when he was called to be the Minister of Cardonald Parish Church.
Since 1979, he has promoted imaginative use of computers for extending the quality of church publications, the reach of the church’s witness, and collaborative ministry. An advocate of Open Source software and a fan of various flavours of Linux operating systems (currently using LinuxMint), he enjoys working with TeX, and related embellishments; learning scripting languages such as: PHP, Ruby, Python, and Perl; exploring database management systems, ORMs, and frameworks; and uncovering the potential of Content Management Systems, his favourite for many years having been Typo3, when it was customised by the engineers of the erstwhile Web-Empowered Church company. Now, he favours WordPress.
Having served four years as Communications Convener of the Presbytery of Glasgow, the highlight having been the pioneering Web Empowerment Conference addressed via Skype by speakers from Belgium and the USA, Calum now serves on Presbytery’s Finance and Stewardship Committee.
Calum is married to Ada, also a Minister, and they have three adult children:
Beth Joy, DJ and John.