John L. Mackay was born in Glasgow on 4 June 1948. After graduation from Oxford, John was offered a position as an economist with the government. Between 1973 and 1976 he lectured in Economics and Statistics at the University of Dundee. During those years he came to terms with a sense of the Lord’s calling into ministry; so, in 1976 he began study at the then Free Church College. Concurrently, he undertook a Bachelor of Divinity degree with the University of London, graduating in 1979 with First-class Honours. He had taught himself both Hebrew and Russian as a young man!