William Guthrie (1620–1665) was the first minister of Fenwick in Ayrshire. Brilliant academically, it was not till he entered University that he came to a vital saving knowledge of Christ. His cousin, James Guthrie, helped him make progress in the way of godliness.
Guthrie was a diligent minister with great concern for the salvation of souls in his parish. This faithful ministry was blessed by God. George Hutcheson, who assisted at one communion season in Fenwick, said that if there was a church full of God’s saints on the face of the earth it was at Fenwick. He was removed from his parish by the civil government along with many others in 1662. He directed his flock to the “Fountain of help, when the gospel and ministers were taken from them; and took his leave of them, commending them to this great God, who was able to build them up and help them in the time of their need”.
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