The Church of Scotland has a Presbyterian structure where Elders and Ministers share responsibility for governing the church at all levels. Both Elders and Ministers are ordained; Elders are known as “ruling elders” and Ministers are known as “teaching elders”. The Elders and the Minister of a congregation together form the Kirk Session, which the Minister chairs (or “moderates”).
St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk has a Unitary Constitution, which means that the Kirk Session deals with all matters related to the temporal and spiritual life of the congregation.
When a congregation has no permanent Minister, another Minister is appointed as Interim Moderator to lead the Kirk Session and congregation until a new Minister is appointed. St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk is presently in this situation. The current Interim Moderator is the Rev. Jim Sharp – who lives in Geneva, Switzerland, but is in regular contact with the Kirk Session and visits Colombo from time to time.
The current elders of St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk are: