New Bishop elected for Glasgow and Galloway

January 18, 2020

The Right Reverend Kevin Pearson was today elected as the new Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. Bishop Kevin is currently the Bishop of Argyll and The Isles and his election to Glasgow and Galloway represents a historic “translation” of a Bishop from one See to another. The See of Glasgow and Galloway became vacant in 2018 following the retirement of the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan who had served the diocese as Bishop for eight years. Bishop Kevin will take up his new post at a service of installation later in the year, on a date to be announced in due course.

Bishop Kevin has served as Bishop of Argyll and The Isles since February 2011 and before that was Rector of St Michael & All Saints Church in Edinburgh, Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh and the Provincial Director of Ordinands (responsible for the discernment and selection process for candidates for ministry). He is also currently the Convener of the Council of the Scottish Episcopal Institute (responsible for the training of those entering authorised ministry) and serves on the provincial Standing Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Bishop Kevin was elected to Glasgow and Galloway by the Episcopal Synod, a body comprising the Diocesan Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In accordance with the Church’s canonical process, the right of election had passed to the Episcopal Synod, following previous processes of vocational discernment within the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway.

Following the election at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, Chair of the Episcopal Synod, the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church said:-

“I warmly welcome the unanimous election by the Episcopal Synod of Bishop Kevin as Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. The election follows a period of vacancy and since the right of election passed to the Episcopal Synod during the summer of 2019, the Bishops have continued to listen carefully to the views of the Diocese and to engage in a process of ongoing prayer and discernment throughout the autumn.

“Bishop Kevin will bring his wealth of experience as a Bishop to his new role in Glasgow and Galloway as well as his deep love, knowledge and understanding of the Episcopal Church. As he prepares for this new ministry, we hold him and his wife Elspeth in our prayers.

“The Bishops are aware that, in electing Bishop Kevin, this will in due course create a new episcopal vacancy in Argyll and The Isles and we will look forward to supporting that Diocese as it seeks a new Bishop.”

Bishop Kevin said:-

“I am delighted, excited and humbled to be elected as the new Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. I am looking forward enormously to entering this new phase of ministry and serving the people of Glasgow and Galloway. My wife Elspeth and I already know many in the Diocese but are also looking forward to living there and getting to know the people and the area better. We shall be very sad to be leaving the people of Argyll and The Isles which we have grown to love deeply over nine years of ministry there.”

Bishop Kevin is married to Dr Elspeth Atkinson who is Chief Operating Officer for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Prior to that Elspeth was Director of MacMillan Cancer Support in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and for most of her career held senior roles in Economic Development in Scotland.    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………  


Scottish Episcopal Church

From the Interim Bishop: The Most Revd Mark Strange

6th January 2020

To the people of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway:

Can I firstly thank you all for the prayers and kind words offered to Jane and our family during the past four weeks. We were able to hold my Father in Law’s funeral on the Feast of the Epiphany in his home town of Padiham.

I wish to inform the Diocese that there will be a meeting of the Episcopal Synod on Saturday 18th January at twelve noon. The meeting will be in the Cathedral and will be constituted by the Celebration of the Eucharist. All are welcome to attend as observers, the main business will be the Election of the Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway by the College of Bishops.

Please continue to pray for the Diocese and the College of Bishops at this time. I would also wish to record my thanks to the many people who have offered suggestions, support and in some cases themselves into this process; you have been a joy to minister with.


The Most Revd Mark Strange


You are invited to pray with people from across the Church for God’s guidance as our search for the next Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway continues.
The Most Rev Mark Strange has called for a Day of Prayer on Saturday, 3rd August. You can find an interactive map of services across the diocese here –
If you would like to receive a copy of the prayer resources available, please email
We hope you will join us in prayer.
In accord with many churches throughout the Diocese, we will be holding a special service to pray for the Primus and College of Bishops.
This will take place at All Saints at 2pm on Saturday 3 August.
if you cannot come to church, please remember the bishops in your private prayers or and/join us in our service, which is shown here:



HYMN Be Thou my vision

1.Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
thou my best thought by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
thou my great Father, I thy true son;
thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

3 Be thou my battle shield, sword for my fight;
be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tow’r:
raise thou me heav’n-ward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

4 Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
thou mine inheritance, now and always:
thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

5 High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

READING: Isaiah 43:15-21 

15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator, your King.”

16 This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honour me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21  the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.


O God, you know us better than we know ourselves. Guide us in our search for a new Bishop. Embolden each one of us to use our unique ministries, to share openly and honestly our thoughts, to respect the opinions of others, and to encourage humility, patience and joy. Instil in us a vision of the Church’s family; that guided by your Holy Spirit we will be united in love and joyfully accomplish this mission of discovering the one you have called to serve with us as our Bishop. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

READING 1 Peter 5:1-11  To the Elders and the Flock

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 
To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.


Loving God, we give thanks for and hold up before you the six individuals called to serve in our House of Bishops as they prayerfully discern your will in our search for a new Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. Lord, open their hearts and minds to hear your Holy Spirit’s call and to bravely follow wherever the Spirit leads. Paint for them a picture of the whole Church of God with a unique view of our Diocese’s individual role in that vision. Equip our bishops with patience, humility, wisdom, and joy as they endeavour to hear our story and to follow your lead towards an election. Gift all of us with open hearts and prayerful minds as we seek to serve you in all that we do. We pray all of these things in your most precious name. Amen.

READING John 17 Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”


God of All Hopefulness, we hold up before you this day the person you are calling to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. We pray that in this time when their identity may be known to you alone, that you will grant them courage, wisdom, grace, and the peace that passes all understanding as they prepare to begin their journey with us. Holy One, we pray that you would open their heart to hear the Spirit’s still small voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Jesus, give them words to speak, give us all ears to hear, and help us to see all the ways you will move us through their leadership. God, we also hold up their family and all those who love them because we know this is not a call one accepts lightly or alone – bless them in all of their relationships as they prepare to walk in our midst on your path of light. We pray this in the name of God who creates, redeems, and sustains us all. Amen.


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

HYMN: Brother, sister

1. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

2. We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

3. I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

4.  I will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.

5. When we sing to God in heaven
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve known together
of Christ’s love and agony.

6. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.


May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.


Glasgow and Galloway Episcopal Election to lapse to College of Bishops

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It has become clear that the Preparatory Committee for the Episcopal Vacancy in the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway will be unable to present a short list of a minimum of three names from which a new Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway could be elected by the Electoral Synod. A meeting of the Electoral Synod will be held on 27 July 2019 at which the Preparatory Committee will report. As a result of the fact that the Preparatory Committee is unable to present a shortlist, the right of election will, in accordance with Canon 4, lapse to the College of Bishops (as an Episcopal Synod) on 1 August 2019.

In preparing to exercise their right of the election, the Bishops will meet with the Electoral Synod on 27 July and then meet with the Preparatory Committee and Cathedral Chapter on 20 August. The Bishops have also set time aside in the autumn to meet with potential candidates and to pray together.

In a letter sent to Electoral Synod voting members across the diocese the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and interim Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway said “I am very conscious of all the work that has been undertaken to discern the type of bishop being sought by the diocese. The College will meet with the Preparatory Committee, the Cathedral Chapter and the Electoral Synod to listen and to pray and to help move the process forward.

“Following this discernment, the College of Bishops will invite people for interview and then meet to pray and to elect a new bishop.

“I would also like to call a day of prayer across the diocese on Saturday 3 August and would ask for people to gather at churches to pray for this process.”


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Today’s meeting of the Electoral Synod of the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway was unable to achieve a majority vote for a new Bishop to succeed the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan who retired in October 2018.The Electoral Synod comprises clergy within the Diocese and Lay Representatives from each congregation across the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway and is chaired by the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Rev Mark Strange who says “Today, following a lengthy process of discernment, interview and ballot, the Electoral Synod of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway felt unable to elect a bishop from the names presented to them.“I will issue a fresh mandate in the next few days and the process will begin again.“Please pray for those who offered themselves and for those still charged with finding the next Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway”………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..official Announcement from the Scottish Episcopal Church begins-Three candidates short-listed in vacancy for new Bishop of Glasgow & GallowayThree candidates have been short-listed for election to the office of Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, following the retirement of the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan in October 2018, having served the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway as Bishop since 2010.The three candidates have been selected by a Preparatory Committee consisting of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway and across the wider Scottish Episcopal Church. The next stage in the election process is a meeting of each of the candidates with an Electoral Synod (representatives of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway only).  That meeting will take place on Saturday 9 March with the election of the new Bishop on Saturday 16 March.The candidates are:The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow.The Rev Dr Michael Paterson, Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice, consultant in spiritual care for NHS Education for Scotland and assisting priest at St Margaret’s, Rosyth.The Rev Canon Dr Scott Robertson, Rector of St Margaret of Scotland Church, Newlands, Glasgow.Commenting on this stage of the process, Acting Bishop during the episcopal vacancy the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “I thank members of the Preparatory Committee for the work they have done and am delighted that three candidates are being nominated to the Electoral Synod.  We hope that the discernment in the Electoral Synod will enable them to elect a new bishop who will lead the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway in its future ministry and mission, and ask that we hold each of the candidates and the Diocese in our prayers during this process.”-Official Announcement ends-

This article also appears on the Provincial website of the Scottish Episcopal Church.


Diocesan Prayer for Episcopal Discernment

God of Grace and Glory, we give you thanks for all the blessings of our common life and ministries as the United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. We thank you for the faithful work of the Preparatory Committee and for all who have offered themselves to your service in this season of transition and change. May the Holy Spirit continue to infuse this process with the gifts of faith, hope and love. We give thanks and pray for Kelvin, Michael, and Scott. May they be filled with vision, courage, patience and hope as our work of discernment continues. 
In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

You are invited to hold in your prayers the candidates and all who faithfully walked this discernment journey. Find our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer here.