Cramond Kirk's Mission Partner

In May 2018 the congregation of Cramond Kirk was pleased to become mission partners with the Reverend John McCulloch, Minister of St Andrews Church, Jerusalem.

You can read John's letters to his mission partners below -

August 2018    October 2018       November 2018     March 2019     April 2019      May 2019      July 2019     November 2019   December 2019

January 2020    September 2020    November 2020     December 2020

January 2021    April 2021    June 2021

And a brief biography follows:

John McCulloch grew up in France, Spain and Scotland, and then lived in Bolivia for a year, where he worked for a project that helped street children. Prior to training for ministry of Word & Sacrament in the Church of Scotland, John was Head of Hispanic Studies at Glasgow University, where he lectured on Hispanic literature, history, politics and Continental Philosophy.

He left his academic career to respond to the call into ministry, completing his theological degree at Highland Theological College. He did his ministry placements in Govan & Linthouse, Bearsden, St Andrews Jerusalem and his probationary period in the parishes of Lochgoilhead & Kilmorich l/w Strachur & Strathlachlan in rural Argyll. During his ministry training he spent some time in Central America, studying contextual theology with The Global Institute of Theology (World Communion of Reformed Churches). 

His background in Hispanic Studies and the time he spent in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Bolivia brought John into direct contact with Latin American Liberation Theology, which has shaped his theological outlook. He is looking forward to drawing on this experience to the challenging context of Israel Palestine, where he has been coming and going in various capacities over the last three years.

John is married to Annette McCulloch, who is a GP with considerable experience in the field of refugee medicine and emergency care, and she hopes to be able to use some of her skills in the context of Israel /Palestine and the wider region.

John has four children, Esther, Anna, Joseph and David.