An international English-speaking congregation

Who We Are

We are an international congregation that meets for English-language worship and fellowship every Sunday at 10h30.  Many people living near Lausanne for work or study find a sense of family and community with us. Sunday worship lies at the heart of life at the Scots Kirk. Although our traditions are Reformed and Presbyterian, our members come from a wide range of denominational traditions. All ages are welcome.


Our Team


Rev. Ian McDonald

Minister since 2010. Ian hails from Kirkcaldy in Scotland. In his spare time he enjoys running and occasionally a wee dram.  


Melanie Whitlow

Children's ministry leader. Melanie grew up on the island of Arran off the west coast of Scotland and her 3 children were born in Switzerland. She makes a mean cheesecake. 


Alice Goodman

Reader in training. Born and raised in United States, Alice has lived among the Vaud vineyards for over 20 years. She has an amazing voice. 


Our History

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From the Beginning

The origins of the Scots Kirk Lausanne go back to 1876, when the Reverend A.F. Buscarlet of the Scots Kirk, Naples, was invited to come over from Montreux, where he was acting as seasonal chaplain. He soon became the first minister of a permanent Scottish church in Lausanne and raised funds to erect a building.

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The Building

Viollet-le-Duc, the renowned French architect drew up the plans for the only new church he designed outside France — the Scots Kirk. The sanctuary was dedicated in 1877.


Stained Glass & Tapestry 

Bernard Viglino of Chavornay created the three stained glass windows in the chancel which were donated by members of the congregation and dedicated in April 1971. Rose window and lancet window on the right Given by Bruce Sutherland, a long-serving elder and Session Clerk of the church, in memory of his wife and son.