The Free Church of Scotland and the wider Church family today mourns the tragic loss of the Reverend Iain D. Campbell.
Iain D was a rare gift – a brilliant communicator, an academic, a master of the written word and a pastor. He studied at Glasgow University before proceeding to the Free Church College where he trained for the pastoral ministry. He was ordained as minister at Snizort Free Church, Skye in 1988 and spent seven years there before moving to Back Free Church on the Isle of Lewis in 1995. A further transfer took him to Point Free Church in 2009. He also served as Moderator of the Free Church in 2012. It is hard to over-estimate the colossal impact of Iain D. Campbell’s ministry both locally, nationally and internationally. Many who didn’t know him personally were greatly impacted by his Online Sermons.
Iain was the author of numerous books for Christian Focus Publications, including The Doctrine of Sin, Heroes and Heretics and, most recently, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Sin. He was also a regular contributor at Reformation 21, Tabletalk Magazine and editor for The Monthly Record, the magazine of the Free Church of Scotland. His contributions were marked by precision, faithfulness and a mastery of his subject. That was a life lived in faithful service to his King.
The passing of Iain D. Campbell is a sad and sore reality. His sweet voice is silent. His wise counsel is withdrawn. His pen is no longer writing. His leadership is no more.
In this darkness we find ourselves asking “Why Lord?” or saying “If only we had listened more clearly “. ” If only we had appreciated him more”. The “if only” is so often with us at a time like this. What can we say when someone we loved who knew his bible and exalted the love of his Master is so suddenly taken away? How can I get an answer to the painful questions?
Yes, it is where Iain often directed us to.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”. Romans 8: 38-39.
May his family, his church, his community, and his many readers find that the “everlasting arms” are underneath.
William Mackenzie, Managing Director, Christian Focus Publications