Norman and Alison Mackay are church planters with the Free Church of Scotland, a Scottish Presbyterian denomination with over 100 congregations. Founded in 1843 and led by Doctor Thomas Chalmers the Free Church of Scotland is known for its strong defense of orthodox theology, its adherence to the Westminster Confession of Faith, and until recently was exclusively psalm singing. The denomination has spearheaded church planting in Scotland and has a first-class theological seminary in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.
Both Norman and Alison studied at theological college and 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 labor 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.