Reverend Louise McClements has taken up her post as new minister of Lenzie Old Parish Church, after serving eight years in Falkirk.
Rev McClements was born and raised in Falkirk and educated at Falkirk High School.
Before entering the Ministry, Louise was a nurse, spending eight years in a care of the elderly ward at Falkirk Infirmary and then seven years as a nurse in a GP practice in Grangemouth.
She married David McClements, a son of the manse, and his father Rev Duncan McClements was a great influence on Louise and her decision to become a minister.
She explained: “My father-in-law was inspirational and he influenced my decision. I was very sad that I did not get the chance to tell him of my calling as he died unexpectedly just a few days before I had planned to share my news with him.”
The support continued in the person of her husband David who is a solicitor and her two daughters Sophie and Victoria.
They were a little unsure when their mother began studying for the ministry, possibly apprehensive about the reaction of school friends, but when they got used to the idea and the change in their lives, they were very supportive and proud.
Sophie now has a music degree and currently attending Moray House to become a teacher, and Victoria is in her probationary year as a teacher at Falkirk.
Louise was ordained to the Ministry in 2008 and inducted to the Falkirk charge of Blackbraes and Shieldhill Church, linked to Muiravonside Parish Church.
Louise said: “The whole family have been welcomed by the warm and friendly congregation of Lenzie Old Parish Church and also by the very welcoming wider community here.
“I look forward to working with them and sharing God’s love with them all.”