Old Parish & St. Paul's Church

Scottish Charity No: SC010389



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As the banner says on our church hall wall, Old Parish & St Paulís Church ďexists to put Christ firstĒ. As a congregation, we have been blessed by the fact that for many years, ministers have preached the truth of the Gospel to our congregation and the preaching of the Good News of Christ our Saviour is what feeds our congregation.


Our weekly church life starts with our worship services on the Lordís Day. As we are linked with St Johnís Church in Langlee Galashiels, our morning worship starts at 11.30am. All are welcome to our services which are followed by a time of fellowship when tea and coffee is available.


During worship, children are welcome to stay with their parents during the service or we have Sunday school and creche for all ages of church who meet in different parts of the church building. Hymns and readings are projected onto a large screen and we have a loop system available during the service.


During each week there are a number of activities from prayer groups to bible study groups. We have Wednesday badminton and Thursday lunch club for our senior members. All details are listed on this website.


Congregation Vote

There was a good number of our members in the service on Sunday 8th February to hear Rev Dr Leon Kellor preach as the nominee for the linked charge with St Johnís Church.


At the conclusion of the service, a vote took place and both Kirk Sessions witnessed 144 votes in favour of Dr Keller with 8 against across both congregations. Our interim moderator had the pleasure of asking Dr Keller whether he accepted the call to come to Galashiels, which he accepted.


During the buffet that followed, Dr Keller was introduced to those present as the new minister for Old Parish and St Paulís Church linked with St Johnís Church which was met with a roar of approval which was great to hear. It was such a blessing to see Godís plan in place.


Rev Dr Leon Kellerís induction service will be on 8 May in St Johnís Church and his sermon from 8th February is available on this site.



Rev Dr Leon Keller


  ďI have a desire and call to serve the Lord and His Church. I have been a minister in the Church continuously for the past 26 years and served in 4 parishes. I feel called to serve The Church of Scotland in the remainder of my years as the Lord guides and leads me. Because I concentrate mainly on expository preaching it is my desire to preach and teach Godís Word so that we all may come to the maturity of our faith. The need of every man is the same and the truth of Godís Word is still able to meet that need and show us the eternal life which there is in Jesus Christ so that the church may be grounded in the Word and growing in the Spirit. My aim in the ministry is to bring people to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord Saviour.Ē

Dr Keller was born in 1958, is married and has three grown up children. A minister with the Dutch Reformed Church, Dr Keller speaks English and Afrikaans. During his ministry in South African, Dr Keller has been the minister to both white and black congregations and his references point in particular to him working with the marginalised in society. Dr Keller loves reading and has many sporting interests; cycling, running, squash, tennis and canoeing. Dr Keller is aware of the need of ministers in Scotland and he has an ďinner callingĒ to make himself available to serve in the church.





Please see the following list of those preaching at St Paul's in the coming weeks:


1st March - Rev. Tom Hogg / Rev. Dr. A. Miller Milloy (evening)

8th March - Rev. Jim Wallace / Rev. Warner Hardie (evening)

15th March - Rev. Jim Wallace / Rev. Jim Wallace (evening)

22nd March - Rev. Tom Hogg / Rev. Warner Hardie (evening)

29th March - Rev. Bruce Lawrie




Church of Scotland

To contact us

Rev. Jim Wallace - jimwallace121@btinternet.com

Rev. Bruce Lawrie -thorncroft54@gmail.com