Both Norman and Alison studied at theological college and also at Scottish universities. Alison teaches in high school. They have 2 sons Nathan (21) who studies philosophy at Glasgow University and Peter (19) who is studying at the Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, USA.
In 2013 Rev Mackay was commissioned by the Free Church of Scotland to plant a church in the Govan area of Glasgow, Scotland. Govan is an area of repeated multiple deprivation, and suffers from a culture of drug abuse, crime, high levels of violence and several generations of unemployment. The Mackays moved into this work without any financial support, resources or personnel. After 6 years of labour there is today a flourishing indigenous church with multiple ministries serving the local Govan community.
Today the Mackay family are church planting in the Govan area of Glasgow, Scotland, after being commissioned to do so at the Free Church of Scotland General Assembly in 2013.