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Free Church of Scotland minister's 'moral conduct' criticised

Dr Iain D Campbell Image copyright Free Church of Scotland
Image caption Allegations about Dr Iain D Campbell emerged before his death in January

An investigation has concluded a leading church figure's behaviour was at times "seriously inconsistent with that expected of a Christian minister".

The Reverend Dr Iain D Campbell was alleged to have had inappropriate relationships with four women going back to 2010.

The married former moderator of the Free Church General Assembly died in January, aged 53.

Allegations about Dr Campbell emerged before his death.

Dr Campbell was minister of Point Free Church on the Isle of Lewis and the father of three children.

'Moral conduct'

The Free Church of Scotland said "appropriate disciplinary action" had been taken by local kirk sessions following the investigation by Western Isles Presbytery.

In a statement issued on behalf of the presbytery, Rev James Maciver said: "The Western Isles Presbytery has completed a thorough investigation into serious allegations about the conduct of the late Rev Dr Iain D Campbell prior to his death.

"The presbytery has now sadly concluded that elements of Dr Campbell's moral conduct were contrary to, and censurable by, the Word of God (Bible), and seriously inconsistent with that expected of a Christian minister.

"Following the investigation, each local kirk session has carried out appropriate disciplinary action, according to guidelines laid down in the Practice of the Free Church of Scotland.

"Bearing in mind that the Church has a duty of care to all parties, this has been carried out in private."

'Deeply distressing'

Rev Maciver said the presbytery would continue to consider how to bring "this sad episode" to a conclusion.

He added: "The last few weeks have been a deeply distressing time for all concerned.

"The presbytery wishes to particularly remember Iain's wife, Anne, and the rest of the family."

Dr Campbell grew up in Stornoway on Lewis and studied at the University of Glasgow.

He was ordained on Skye in 1988 and spent seven years on the island before returning to Lewis.

Dr Campbell was the moderator in 2012 and was also well-known in the Free Church of Scotland as a theological writer.

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