A tale of friendship across the North Sea

Perthshire minister celebrates history of Scots Kirk in Rotterdam

Michael Alexander speaks to Rev John Russell about the history of the Scots Kirk in Rotterdam and the nine years he spent as minister there with a truly international congregation.

He is the globe-trotting kirk minister who recently celebrated 60 years since his ordination with a service in Perthshire.

But having been brought up in India and having worked in Germany, Scotland, Canada and Holland, the Rev John Russell will always have a special affinity with the Scots International Church in Rotterdam where he was minister for nine years.

The memories came flooding back for Mr Russell when he read a recent Courier feature about Newport-based broadcaster Billy Kay’s exploration of Scotland’s centuries-old relationships with the Low Countries of Europe.

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