25-year-old becomes Church of Scotland's youngest ordained minister

Michael was born in Edinburgh but spent his teenage years in Glasgow, where he became a Christian at the age of 13.

Michael Mair has become the youngest ordained minister in the Church of Scotland following a service last night.

The 25-year-old graduated from New College, Edinburgh, before becoming a trainee minister at Wardie Parish Church and a probationary minister at Dalmeny linked with Edinburgh Queensferry Church.

His service of ordination took place at St David's Church in Broomhouse, Edinburgh, with the Reverend John Cowie preaching.

During the service, the Reverend Ian Gilmour, Moderator of the Presbytery of Edinburgh ordained Mair into the presbytery, making him a new minister of the Church.

The Reverend Doctor George Whyte, Presbytery Clerk of Edinburgh, also took part in the service.

Mair's previous experience also includes time in the chaplaincy team at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital and ministry in Culloden, the Shetland Islands and the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of Europe.

The new minister said he hoped his ordination would encourage other young people consider taking up the calling to ministry.

He said: "The General Assembly last year heard about the dearth of young people becoming ministers. My ordination means I will become one of a handful of minsters under the age of thirty. I hope my ordination can inspire other young people to think about the ministry or even for elders just to get more involved in the lives of their church."

Read our full interview with Mair here