125 year Blog - From The Great War to The Faith Mission PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 March 2012 14:44
125 year Blog - From The Great War to The Faith Mission

pastor_black_copyPastor Thomas George Black  1914-1916

Pastor Black’s time of ministry was overshadowed by the Great War and there are few documented facts about his time at Hope Hall. There is no doubt that he was a man of God with a zeal for evangelism. It was during his pastorate that the well known and respected evangelist Duncan McNeil held a gospel campaign with remarkable results under the power of the Holy Spirit. He also introduced great men of God like P T Robert_kerr_plaque McCrostie of Tent Hall fame and Mr A Galbraith of the seaman’s Bethel. It was Pastor Black who was chairman at the memorial service to Pastor Kerr and also at the memorial service to Mrs Kerr who died on February 18th 1917. 

His farewell service was on Sunday May 13th 1916 when he left to take up Gods work in Leeds. He returned to the church from London to take part in the 50th Jubilee services in 1937. Pastor Black’s was a satisfying ministry guided by a determined resolution to be faithful to the Highest and seeking ever to bring comfort and strength to those in need coupled with a great love for the souls of men.It was Pastor Black who led the service at the unveiling of the memorial plaque to Pastor Kerr on December 22nd 1916 which today is displayed on the wall in the vestibule area of Hopehall.


Pastor Hugh Laughland 1917-1926

Pastor Laughland was born in Coylton Ayrshire and was a pit worker (Coylton pit head picture below right) until he left in 1886 aged 26 to take up evangelistic work with the Ayrshire Christian Union and was also engaged in missionary work in Gibraltar. He worked with the troops at Aldershot under the auspices of the London Evangelistic Society and was later a missionary with John Street Baptist Church Glasgow. His induction was on Saturday lst September 1917 when Mr Cross, president of the church, occupied the chair and gave the address of welcome. Pastor Laughland in reply thanked the congregation for the call and placed his address under three headings:


1 - The need to study the Word.

2 - The disposition to pray.

3 - The determination to advance.

He believed his coming to Paisley was of God and his desire was not only to serve Hope Hall but to reach the churchless masses. Pastor Laughland’s ministry, judging by the frequent baptismal services, was a very fruitful one. His death on February 1926 occured very suddenly at his home in Greenlaw Avenue.

pastor_walker_copy Pastor James Walker 1926 - 1929

The induction social to mark the commencement of Pastor Iames Walker’s work in Hope Hall took place on Saturday 9th ]uly 1926. The hall was crowded and keen interest was taken in the meeting which was chaired by Mr Robert Andrews. In his address of welcome Mr Andrews stated that Hope Hall held a unique and honoured position in the town and that it was essentially a missionary church. In extending a welcome to Pastor Walker and his wife he felt sure that they would maintain the high spiritual and evangelistic tradition of the church. One of the highlights of Pastor Walker’s stay was a special campaign held by Commander Wolfe Murray in October 1927 and it was during this campaign that Helen Kirkwood was saved. Helen was called to full time service and entered the Faith Mission in 1936. FMlogoPastor Walker’s farewell social was held on Saturday 22nd February 1929 after having felt the call of God to return to South Africa. Hector Davidson spoke of Pastor Walker’s love of openair work and commented that he was a man of power because he was a man of prayer. Pastor Walker sought faithfully to proclaim the gospel and to build up a people of God.