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About us

The United Free Church of Scotland is an evangelical presbyterian church which can trace its history, through a series of unions and splits, all the way back to the Scottish Reformation of 1560. Further details can be found on the United Free Church of Scotland site.


The congregation in Sauchie United Free grew out of a mission by Rev John Dunn in 1913. The current church was built by the congregation in 1932 and continued to grow under the ministry of faithful men of God. The congregation is currently led by Rev Tom McWhirter whose fervent biblical preaching, grace and encouragement inspires us all to live the lives God has planned for us.

Tom McWhirter

Tom grew up in a Christian home near Ballymena, County Antrim. The family were very involved in the local Presbyterian Church, and Tom came to a personal faith in the Lord Jesus while still quite young. After studying for a degree in Maths at Edinburgh University Tom felt a strong call to Christian ministry. He went on to study Theology at Aberdeen University and Union College, Belfast.


After an assistantship in East Belfast, Tom and the family moved to Scotland in 1997, where he served as a Parish minister in Galloway for 19 years. Tom then joined the United Free Church of Scotland and was minister in Cumnock for six years before moving to Sauchie and Fischross in August 2022.


Tom is married to Alison and they have two children, Charis and Andrew.

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