The Revd Dr David Pickering, currently serving as minister of St Andrews Roundhay in Leeds, has been nominated as the next moderator of the United Reformed Church's National Synod of Scotland. His appointment will be formally ratified when the URC's Mission Council meets later this month and David will take up his post in July 2016, following the retirement of the current incumbent, the Revd John Humphreys.
David trained for the ministry at Mansfield College. Since his ordination in 1990 he has served in three roles – at the North Teesside group of United Reformed churches (1990 to 1999); developing and managing the ecumenical Eco-Congregation Project as an employee of the Tidy Britain Group (1999 to 2004) and, most recently, as minister of St Andrew's from 2004. Throughout his career David has worked on environmental issues for the denomination, including five years as Chair of Operation Noah – the climate change charity, between 2005 and 2010.