Our main focus is to bring encouragement to those who are serving as pastors/ministers, along with their spouses, throughout the wider church in Scotland. We will bring spiritual encouragement from those involved in ESPS ministries, as well as a variety of articles, blogs, and resources from invited guests. There is also personal spiritual support available in the form of requests for prayer. We aim to encourage those who are serving the church to get re-envisioned by the wonderful call of God to ministry and a renewed love for the chosen Bride of Christ - “The Church”. As well as through our website, we plan to organise and host events that will bring pastors and spouses together to be ministered to and built up. Our vision is to see revived leaders, revived churches, and a revival in the nation. We love you, we are for you, and we are for God’s call on your life. We believe the greater days of the church are not behind us but indeed ahead of us. Together, in God and with God, we can work together and pray together to see this happen.
Donna MacNeilNational Director
Married to Tommy and on the ministry journey with him over the last 21 years or so, from his university training days, his first charge, up to the last ten years in our present church. We are blessed with two amazing children, who are our joy and who are now young adults.
I’ve gained much experience and many insights over these years of what it is to be a “pastor’s wife” in Scottish church culture, and all the ups and the downs that goes with it. Over the last few years especially God has been showing me how to enjoy not endure, to be an over comer, and how to flourish in who I am and who God has called me to be. I have a love for the church, the Bride of Christ and I’m passionate to see pastors, spouses and churches revived and transforming communities with the love of Jesus.
I have been involved in many and varied aspects of ministry over the years both locally and nationally.
As well as a burden and vision for ESPS ministries, I have a continued passion and hunger to see revival in Scotland.
Tommy is a Church of Scotland minister who has served in Martin’s Memorial Church, Stornoway, for the last ten years. During this time they have witnessed the significant growth and development of the church, for which they give all glory to God!! He is a passionate preacher whose greatest desire is to see God’s Kingdom come in greater measure to our land.
Tommy served on the leadership team of CLAN Gathering and was a director with The Scotland Trust. He is a part time lecturer with Highland Theological College where he teaches on Evangelism. He is married to Donna and they have two grown up children, Joanne and Matthew. His longing in life and ministry is that Scotland would be known not just for what God DID in our history; but that we’d be known because of what God is DOING today.
Iain Macleod - MBETreasurer
Iain has been a member and elder in Martin’s Memorial Church for many years where he also serves as treasurer. He is a member of the Ministries Council and of the Central Services Committee of the Church of Scotland. Presently the Interim Moderator of Cross Ness Church of Scotland, and a member of the Presbytery of Lewis. Iain is also a Trustee of Bethesda Home & Hospice in Stornoway.
He is pleased to support the worthy ideals of ESPS by acting as the organisation’s treasurer. He is married to Margaret and the couple have three children and four grandchildren.
Fred is Scottish Director of Evangelical Alliance. He is also The Alliance UK Prayer Director. He has a passion to provoke the church to be all it is called to be in Christ and to see unity in the Gospel. Fred sits on the boards of various organisations, and is also an author and conference speaker.
I see many wounded and broken leaders and their families as I travel across Scotland. Christian people damaged as they have tried to serve the Lord. People who lost a sense of their identity in Jesus. Angry, disappointed and broken people who need, prayer, encouragement, understanding and support. We need to see restoration in the lives of God’s people.
Hector, originally from Stornoway, has been a Church of Scotland minister since 1981. Having served in the parishes of Barvas, Lewis, and then in Lochalsh, he has been involved in the work of Highland Theological College UHI since its inception in 1994, serving as its Principal since 2009. Hector has been married to Annice since 1981 and they have three adult children and three grandchildren. Hector has a deep longing to see the Church in Scotland across its denominations reformed by the Word of God, revived by the Spirit of God and reaching out to the lost generations so that they may be brought to abundance of life as they are led back to the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am very honoured to be asked to be part of this ministry for pastors and spouses. My late husband and I served together in the Free Church of Scotland in Aberdeen and then the APC Church in Stornoway - he as an elder, involved in finance, preaching , teaching and church leadership in general ,always encouraging to the pastor and I was involved in youth work, hospitality ,counselling and pastoral visiting to some extent. We saw first hand the challenges and very complex situations which pastors and their spouses can face, plus the constant pressure of being always ‘on call’ with limited genuine breaks and ‘time out;.
I’m currently involved in a Christian project for persons with addictions and know the reality of spiritual warfare and personal attacks intended to demoralise, discourage and drive us away from ministry in general. It is a joy and real life to serve Jesus, whether by planting seed, watering or reaping and it will be a real joy to build up and encourage any of His servants in any way that I can.
A Christian since 1984 and Church of Scotland Elder since 1993, John is now Clerk to Lewis Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and Session Clerk in Stornoway High Church. John currently serves on the Church’s Nomination Committee and, through his role as Presbytery Clerk, is heavily involved with all the Councils and Committees of the Church. He recently completed a two year term as Moderator of Lewis Presbytery. A Chartered Town Planner by profession, John now works as a Strategy Manager for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Local Authority for the Western Isles. He lives in Stornoway where he is married to Linda and the couple have three teenage boys.