A globe-trotting Kirk minister celebrated 60 years since his ordination with a service in Perthshire.
Reverend John Russell, who has been the Presbytery Clerk of Dunkeld and Meigle since 2001, was first ordained by the United Church of Canada in Ontario in May 1959.
Paying tribute to Mr Russell’s diverse career, Reverend Fraser Penny of Dunkeld Cathedral spoke of his 60 years of ministry as a “considerable achievement”.
“Even more so when you consider how active he is and how much enthusiasm John still has after that time,” he said.
Mr Penny went on to praise Mr Russell saying he had “not given up nor lost enthusiasm for the work of the church and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ – for that we thank John and congratulate him on achieving this milestone.
“There is not much sign of coasting along in retirement,” he added.
Mr Russell, who learnt Hindustani whilst living in Mumbai as a child, went on to be the minister of the Scots Kirk in Rotterdam for nine years.
The church, which was first built in 1643 for the many Scottish merchants, sailors and soldiers who lived in the city, has strong links to Perthshire as its first minister Alexander Petrie was recruited from Rhynd.
During his time in the Netherlands his wife Sheila gave birth to their two sons, Andrew and Graham, and last year he took part in the 375th anniversary of the church there.
When Mr Russell returned to Scotland, he was first based in Southend at the Mull of Kintyre and finally at Tillicoultry in Clackmannanshire.
Mr Russell, who lives in Birnam and attends Mr Penny’s church, said: “I’ve worked in Germany, Scotland, Canada and Holland and wherever I’ve been I’ve enjoyed being a minister. All have been varied but welcoming places.”