CW79 Online Exclusive: A fulltime ministry in the agricultural community

In September 2017 the Church of Scotland began an exciting new ministry when they engaged Revd Chris Blackshaw, a Methodist Minister and part time Agricultural Chaplain from Cumbria, to work as their full time farming minister for the Presbytery of Ayr. Chris’s role, which is based around Craig Wilsons Auction Mart, has been well received by the agricultural community and people are now used to seeing him at the mart every week and they welcome him onto their farms as he travels around the locality. Chris covers an area that stretches from south of Kilmarnock to Ballentrae and into the Galloway Forest.