Russell Barr

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The Right Reverend
Russell Barr
Moderator of the General Assembly
Church Church of Scotland
In office May 2016 – May 2017
Predecessor Angus Morrison
Successor Derek Browning
Personal details
Birth name George Russell Barr
Born (1953-10-15) 15 October 1953 (age 64)
Nationality Scottish
Denomination Presbyterianism

Russell Barr (born 15 October 1953) is a minister of the Church of Scotland, who was nominated in late 2015 to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Barr was born on 15 October 1953 in Kilmarnock, Scotland,[2] he received a doctorate of ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Since 1993, he has been the minister of Cramond Kirk in Edinburgh,[3] he is chairman of the Edinburgh-based charity Fresh Start,[1][3] which helps people who have been homeless establish themselves in their new home.[4]

In October 2015 he was nominated to succeed Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland,[3] he took office in May 2016.[1] He will be succeeded as Moderator by the Rev Dr Derek Browning in May 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Barr is married to Margaret, a retired teacher, they have one son and daughter.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Homelessness charity founder Russell Barr to be moderator". BBC News. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "BARR, Rt Rev. Dr (George) Russell". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Cramond minister is Moderator Designate". Church of Scotland website. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "About us". Fresh Start website. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 

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