David J. Randall was born in Edinburgh in 1945 and attended Leith Academy Primary School and George Heriot’s Secondary. He graduated in arts and divinity at Edinburgh University and then studied for a Th.M. at Princeton Theological Seminary. After assistantships in Broomhouse and Carrick Knowe, he served as minister of Macduff Parish Church in Aberdeenshire from 1971 to 2010, where he preached through the whole Bible. He has served the wider church in various capacities, including a term as convener of the Church of Scotland’s Apologetics Committee (now ‘Why Believe?’). He is now retired from full-time pastoral ministry, and serves as chairman of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity based in Dundee.
David’s publications include Believe It or Not! – answering objections to the Christian faith, and Grace Sufficient (a biography of missionary Elizabeth Mantell of Malawi). He contributed a regular newspaper column, ‘It Makes You Think’ for the Banffshire Journal for 26 years, and more recently has edited Why I Am not an Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief, published in 2013.
David is married to Nan and they have two sons who are pastors, another son who died suddenly in November 2013, one daughter, and six grandchilden. They live near Broughty Ferry, Scotland.