New Church of Scotland moderator announced as Dr Angus Morrison
The Church of Scotland has chosen a former Free Presbyterian church minister to be its Moderator Designate.
The Reverend Dr Angus Morrison is currently the minister of Orwell and Portmoak Church in Perth and Kinross.
He will take up the office of Moderator during the Kirk's General Assembly in May 2014.
Dr Morrison, who speaks Italian and Gaelic, said he was "humbled" to have been chosen for the most senior post within the Church of Scotland.
He studied at the Universities of Glasgow, Pisa and London before completing a PhD at Edinburgh University's New College.
He said: "I really am amazed and deeply moved to have this honour laid on me.
"I am truly humbled by the trust that has been placed in me."