Our new minister

Reverend Derek Lawson has been elected as the new minister of the Scots International Church Rotterdam!
On June 5th 2016 our church overwhelmingly voted to accept Rev. Derek Lawson as the new minister for our church, after preaching as the sole nominee for the position. This means that after two years our church finally has a new minister.


Derek was born in Dundee, Scotland, and grew up in the congregation of Dundee Parish Church (St Mary’s) where his father was Session Clerk for many years and where Alan Garrity served as Assistant Minister when he was training for the ministry.


He studied law at Dundee University, graduating in 1969 and moved to Edinburgh to begin his apprenticeship. There he met Moira, who worked as a secretary in the same law office, and they were married in June 1971. Later that year they moved to Dundee where Derek began a 23 year association with his father’s law firm, finally becoming its senior partner.


In 1994 he retired from the legal profession to undertake training for the ministry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity (Honours) Degree from St Andrew’s University in 1997. He was ordained and inducted to the charge of Redgorton and Stanley (just north of Perth) in 1998. While there Derek served twice as Clerk to the Presbytery of Perth and was also its Moderator for a year. He also served on the Church of Scotland Legal Questions Committee. In 2011 he and Moira retired to France where they are now involved with the local Eglise Protestante Unie de France. Additionally he has recently been appointed Depute Clerk of the International Presbytery.


Moira has always been very active in the congregations with which she’s been involved, having been a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Guild, run Flower Arranging classes and organised an annual Flower Festival, and been a District Commissioner in the Girl Guides.


Moira and Derek have two children:

  • Paula, who is married to David, and lives in Edinburgh, with their two children, Alexa (aged 2y8m) and Morgan (aged almost 6m)
  • Iain, who’s unmarried but living in Tayport (near Dundee) with his girlfriend, Kirsty, and their dog Rosie.


Reverend Derek Lawson will be inducted on Friday 8th July.