Paul and his wife, Sheila, were a powerful force for God’s Kingdom work in a country that needed a great witness. For many years, they worked with the homeless, addicted, and abandoned (mainly teenagers, many of whom they raised in their home, supporting a total of 19 children—including five of their own). The McLaughlans began a work among the bereaved, the prisoners, and eventually became active with Victim Support Scotland. They served the Church of God in Scotland/Ireland from 1984 until 1993.
Greatly involved in the community, Paul and Sheila worked tirelessly amidst hostility to Pentecost, and especially to a woman preacher. Together, they stood strong.
Paul’s father’s name was Gallagher, and he changed his name to his mother’s maiden name (McLaughlan) to protect him from Jesuit priests and his father after his conversion in 1954. His father did not speak to him for 31 years, but finally in 1986 communication was reestablished.
In his earlier years, Paul was a youth pastor for a small church in England, and in 1960 worked with the Assemblies of God as Sunday school teacher, music minister, and also conducted street and bar ministries. In 1974, he founded Spring Bank Youth Outreach, and had over 200 conversions in four years from schools and colleges. The McLaughlans came into the Church of God in 1980, because they were so impressed with the heart for missions of the denomination.
The life of this great warrior for Christ would fill volumes; in addition, he was full of life and full of the Holy Ghost. A delight to be around, he loved a good prank, and his laughter was contagious.
In a letter written by Paul in 1990, he states: “We appreciate our donors greatly and are conscious of their prayers. We need prayer support more than anything else. Even with all the money in the world, one cannot defeat the enemy … but with prayer and supplication our requests are met!”
Funeral arrangements are:
11 AM, Tuesday, May 30, 2017
William T. Fraser and Son Funeral Home
Culduthel Road, Inverness, Scotland IV2 6AB
For those desiring to honor Paul McLaughlan, a memorial church planting fund (Paul McLaughlan, Sr. Church Planting Memorial Fund, Project Number 132-9213) has been established.