THE Rev John McIndoe, minister at St Columba's Church, Pont Street,

London, since 1988, was yesterday nominated as the next Moderator of the

General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, which will meet in Edinburgh

in May.

Mr McIndoe, 61, was convener of the Kirk's church and nation

committtee from 1980-84 and was vice-convener of the business committee

of the General Assembly from 1988-90.

He will be the second successive Moderator to come from the Presbytery

of England, following the Right Rev James Harkness, who was

Chaplain-General to the Forces.

He is the third minister of St Columba's, one of the Kirk's two

churches in London, to be put forward as Moderator, following the Very

Rev Dr J Fraser McLuskey in 1983 and the Very Rev Dr R F V Scott in


Mr McIndoe is also minister of St Andrew's, Newcastle, which is linked

to Pont Street. He was minister of St Nicholas Parish Church, Lanark,

from 1972-88 before going to London.

The Moderator-Designate was born in Sunderland of Scottish parents in

1934 and lived in Kilcreggan, Dunbartonshire, from 1944 when his father

took up an appointment with the Inland Revenue.

He was educated at Greenock Academy and Glasgow University, where he

obtained his Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. He also

studied at Hartford in the United States.

He was ordained by Paisley Presbytery in 1960 and was assistant at

Paisley Abbey from 1960-63. He was minister of Dundee Park Church from

1963-72. He was an assessor in the Kirk's selection school in education

for the ministry (1970-86) and a delegate to the World Council of

Churches Assembly in Vancouver in 1983. He is a former moderator of both

Lanark and England presbyteries.

Mr McIndoe is involved with Borderline, the Kirk's agency which helps

homeless young people in London. He married Evelyn Johnstone in 1960 and

the couple have three grown-up daughters.

He said last night he felt both honoured and challenged. ''Ministering

in London, I am aware the Kirk has quite a hinterland of people who are

part of the Scottish dispersion, plus people of other nationalities who

attach themselves to the Kirk out of choice.''

The church's task, he said, was to keep steady and provide a point of

solidity and friendliness in broken communities and broken