There will be many in our congregation who remember the Brodie family as Peter Brodie was minister of St Mungo’s for many years. We were delighted to see that Jonathan Brodie KC has been appointed as Procurator of the General Assembly. Sang wrote to him to offer our congratulations and best wishes and his tribute says:
When I gave my only speech at the General Assembly in 2022, I began with: “413. Sang Yoon Cha. Minister of St. Mungo’s, Alloa. Peter Brodie’s church.”
Most of the old ex moderators turned around to see from which microphone I was speaking, for Peter’s service of 40 years here at St. Mungo’s bore nothing but the truth and weight of such a statement.
At the opening of this year’s General Assembly, it was announced that Jonathan Brodie KC, the fourth and last child of Connie and Peter Brodie, will soon take on the role of Procurator, the Kirk’s own King’s Counsel. The insert underneath his photo read:
“Jonathan Brodie KC will soon take on the role of Procurator, succeeding Laura Dunlop KC who is standing down after 18 years service. This is her last General Assembly as Procurator.”
Having met Jonathan in 2019 when he joined us to celebrate 200 years of St. Mungo’s in its present building, I wrote to congratulate him on behalf of our beloved church. Jonathan’s response was characteristically he – gracious and modest. He replied:
“(T)he important thing will be whether I can help bring the law to serve mission, as opposed to it being an end in itself.”
Some fine and true words. Words written by a son of the manse turned King’s Counsel.
Perhaps the best stories really must begin with lines like: Here am I, send me. My ancestor was a wandering Aramaean. For God so loved the world. There was a man who had two sons. In those days John the Baptist came. Perhaps even, I am a son of the manse, you know…
But Jonathan is not a son of just any manse but rather, our manse. His manse.
It is an extraordinary family.
Jonathan Brodie KC has lifted us to an altogether higher place, and we lay a small claim upon his life as Christ’s witness just as the Lord laid claim upon him even before he was born.
To be implicated together in such an adventure is to know that God is great.
It is good and right, therefore, to bestow upon Jonathan one of the highest appellations of which we know as St. Mungo’s, Alloa. He is, and always shall be, a gentleman and a Scot. Thanks be to God.