Andrew McGowan

The Director

The Rev Professor Andrew T. B. McGowan is a Minister of the Church of Scotland and Professor of Theology in the University of the Highlands and Islands.

He served as a parish minister for sixteen years before becoming Principal of Highland Theological College UHI at its inception in 1994.

He was Principal until 2009 when he was called to be Minister of Inverness East Church, where he served for ten years. He was appointed Director of the Rutherford Centre for Reformed Theology in 2019.

Professor McGowan is Vice Chairman of the World Reformed Fellowship and serves as Chairman of its Theological Commission. He is President of the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society and is a member of the Tyndale Fellowship.

Professor McGowan has been involved with Rutherford House since its inception. He was appointed as a member of the Council when RH was established and was the first secretary of the Research and Publications committee. He served on the Council throughout its existence. Later, he became a Trustee of RH and served for several years as Chairman of the Trustees.

Professor McGowan has published:

  • The Federal Theology of Thomas Boston (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1997)
  • Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology, Editor, (Leicester: IVP, 2006)
  • The Divine Spiration of Scripture: Challenging Evangelical Perspectives (Nottingham: Apollos, 2007)
  • The Person and Work of Christ: Understanding Jesus (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2012)
  • Adam, Christ and Covenant (London: Apollos, 2016).


He has also written numerous chapters for symposia and festschriften and contributed articles to the following dictionaries and encyclopaedias:

  • New Dictionary of Theology (Leicester: IVP, 1988)
  • Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992)
  • Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1993)
  • The New Lion Handbook to the Bible (Oxford: Lion Publishing, 1999)
  • The Dictionary of Historical Theology (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000)
  • The New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • Dizionario di Teologia Evangelica (Marchirolo, Varese: Edizioni Uomini Nuovi, 2007)
  • New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic (London: IVP, 2016)
  • The Oxford Handbook on Divine Revelation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).


Andrew is married to June, and they have three married sons and two grandsons. They are members of Rosskeen Church of Scotland in Alness.

Mark Stirling

Mark Stirling

Mark Stirling is the Personal Assistant to the Director of the Rutherford Centre for Reformed Theology. After a career change in 2016, he graduated from the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2019 with a First-Class Honours degree in History.

He lives in Invergordon and is a member of Rosskeen Free Church of Scotland, where he serves as the Clerk to the Deacons’ Court.