PLUCKEMIN, NJ - The Rev. Ian Rankine has been installed as pastor of the historic Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, on Route 202/206 in Bedminster.
Rev. Rankine was born and raised in Central Scotland. He attended St. Andrews and Edinburgh Universities where he completed his Seminary training. He and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Maureen Paterson, came to North Carolina in 1996 and moved to New Jersey in 2006. Rev. Rankine served 10 years as the Associate Pastor of New Providence Presbyterian Church and recently was the Chaplain at Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge. Rev. Paterson is the Associate Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge.
Rev. Rankine’s family history with Christian ministry dates back to the turn of the last century when his great uncle was a missionary in China. One of his grandfathers was a missionary to Malawi, Africa for nearly four decades. His other grandfather was an elder in the United Free Church of Scotland.
“My heart and my passion lie in pastoral ministry,” Rev. Rankine said. “I love to be with people. To hear their stories, and to walk alongside them wherever they are in their lives, in the joys and the sorrows. I enjoy studying the Bible, reading a wide range of interpretations, and bringing the message of the hope that is ours in Christ to the very people with whom I am walking beside every day.”
Pluckemin Presbyterian Church identifies its mission as providing a hub of caring in the community. Since 1971, the church has established several ministries that support the community including Pluckemin Preschool, Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County, and Medical Equipment Ministry.
Weekly services are held on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. with Sunday School and Adult Education, followed by Worship at 10 a.m. Fellowship Hour follows. This church is one of more than 10,000 congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The first church to be built on the present site was erected in 1758. It barely survived through the American Revolution, which brought British troops and the Continental Army led by Gen. George Washington to the area.