John Dunmore Lang was the founding pastor of Scots Church, the first Presbyterian Church in Sydney, built in 1827. He planted the church independent of the colonial authorities and was the first Christian minister not on the government payroll. He was often criticised for befriending convicts, championing the rights of minorities such as Chinese immigrants and seeking to understand local indigenous people.
He preached fearlessly, calling the authorities to account for their abuses and corruption. He was a Member of Parliament, working towards the establishment of schools, Sydney’s first university, and institutions that cared for the poor. His statue stands in Wynyard Park. Lang Park in the Sydney CBD and Lang Park Stadium in Brisbane are both named in his honour.
A new church in the iconic Scots building will launch in September 2017, proudly building on our rich heritage, with a fresh vision for engaging with and loving Sydney.