Moderator Designate of General Assembly 2017


7th December 2016




The United Free Church of Scotland is pleased to announce that the Moderator Designate of our 2017 General Assembly will be Rev Ian A Boa B.Sc., B.D., M.Th.

Mr Boa is Assistant General Secretary of Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) and was formerly minister of Alloa and Blairlogie UF Churches..

The Assembly will meet in Perth from 31st May – 2nd June 2017.

Mr Boa was born in Inverness in 1961 where he lived, apart from 2 years in Aviemore.  He attended Inverness Royal Academy and joined the 3rd Inverness (Crown) Boys Brigade Company. He became a Queen’s Man in 1979.

On leaving school he studied Marine Biology at Heriot Watt University gaining a B.Sc. Honours in 1983.

Following a period of unemployment, he retrained as a Management Accountant qualifying in 1991.  He worked in industry at a number of locations across the central belt of Scotland.

In moving to Lochwinnoch in 1990, he along with his wife Sally, started attending Calder United Free Church of Scotland.  Under the care of Rev Archie Ford, he came to faith in 1991, was ordained an elder in 1993 and was called into the Ministry in 1995.  Following acceptance as a student by the United Free Church of Scotland, he studied at Trinity College, Glasgow.  In 1999 gaining a BD (Honours) and was awarded the Peter Marshall Scholarship to Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ, USA attending in 1999-2000.

He was called in 2001 to be minister at the joint charges of Alloa Moncrieff and Blairlogie where he served for 11 years until being called to his current role as Assistant General Secretary at Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS), the national instrument for ecumenism.

As well as his work in these congregations and communities, he has served the Church as Moderator of the Presbytery of the East. Nationally he has served at different times on the Overseas Committee, as Vice-Convener of the Ministry Committee, Convener of the Ecumenical Relations Committee, and is currently Vice-convener of the Administration and Finance Committee.

Mr Boa is married to Sally and has a son and two daughters.


For further information please contact: Rev John Fulton (General Secretary) on 0141 332 3435, E-mail: .  Arrangements can also be made for you to speak with Mr Boa.






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