New Minister for Altnaharra and Farr

Reverend Beverly Cushman


Good News for Altnaharra and Farr

Our parish,, which has been without a settled minister for the last five years, elected the Rev. Dr. Beverly White Cushman on Sunday the 11th of December.  Rev. Cushman was endorsed after preaching to the congregation of Melness at 10:00 a.m. and again at the congregation of the Farr Church in Bettyhill at 12:00 p.m.  The parish of Altnaharra and Farr is in deferred linkage with the parish of Tongue and Melness.  Both congregations endorsed her as minister in this deferred linkage.

As Melness and Tongue have a minister in place at the moment there will be no immediate effect there though there is the possibility, if their current minister should retire or otherwise demit his post, that the Reverend Cushman would then become their minister in addition to her duties in Altnaharra and Farr.

Beverly Cushman was born in Orlando, Florida where she attended Stetson University.  There she met her husband, David, before completing her Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  She then became the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the State of Louisiana where she served at Raceland Presbyterian Church before moving on to other Presbyterian churches in New Orleans.

When David picked up a job in Vanderbilt University the family, by then with two children, moved back to Tennessee where Beverly began to work towards her PhD on the Bible.  This was followed by four years at Lutz in Florida before moving to Canada where David had a post in the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.  There, in addition to serving in three churches over a nine year period, she also began teaching religion at the University of Saskatchewan, at St. Thomas More College, and at the three seminaries there, St. Andrew’s Seminary (United Church of Canada), Lutheran Seminary (ELCA), and the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Anglican). The last eleven years of her varied career have been spent as an Associate Professor in Westminster College at Wilmington in Pennsylvania, where she taught Old Testament and Christian Education. Beverly has also spent time in Israel, working as an archeologist at the dig at Sepphoris, just north of Nazareth.  Since the early days of her ministerial career, she harboured a desire to compete her lifetime of service to God and the Church by serving in a rural parish in Scotland. The Parish of Altnaharra and Farr are pleased to welcome Beverly and David to our ministry.  The next step in her appointment will be her induction to the parish which it is hoped will take place early in the New Year.