Laurence in 2013 

We are deeply saddened that Dr. Laurence Whitley, a former member and Vice Chair of Glasgow Churches Together has died. Laurence was a gentle giant in Glasgow’s ecumenical scene for a number of years. As minister at Glasgow Cathedral from 2007 until 2017 when he retired, he was extremely welcoming and generous with his time, talent and hospitality. He cultivated great friendships with colleagues across the ecumenical scene and considered Glasgow Churches Together members amongst his closest friends. The sentiment was entirely mutual!

There will, without doubt, be many tributes paid to Laurence for his kindly, efficient ministry, particularly in Montrose and at Glasgow Cathedral. Rightly so. We have lost a dear friend personally and to the ecumenical movement.

An eloquent preacher, Laurence played a key part in major events in Glasgow including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service, the annual St Mungo Festival and the services which took place in the aftermath of the Clutha Vaults helicopter crash and the Queen Street disaster. He was regarded as one the City’s chief spiritual leaders. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


Very Rev. David Wallace

Chair, Glasgow Churches Together