Reverend Scott McCrum has just taken the reins at Old Kilpatrick Bowling Parish Church but he isn’t your every day minister.

In fact, the 36-year-old lists professional DJ, hair transplant consultant and former X-Factor hopeful among the experience on his CV.

But now the former car salesman, who was ordained in 2015, is determined to serve the community and drive his church into the modern era.

“The short answer is minister and entrepreneur,” he told the Post. “But those two go together at times.

“It was actually the last thing I wanted to do because I grew up in a manse. It’s something you feel called to do.

“It was hard to picture me being a minister because my dad was quite a traditional minister and I’m not.”

Mr McCrum previously set up an under-18s night club in his dad’s church hall in Ayr, which was successful in getting young people through the doors.

He said: “They didn’t always have a DJ so some nights I was managing it, taking pictures and being the DJ as well. I found out I had a knack for it.”

He eventually set out on his own in 2008, after working with a DJ he had met in a pub, and performed in clubs, bars and at weddings until 2015.

In 2012, he was the first man to have FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplant surgery in Scotland.

And, in 2016, he applied for the X-Factor and performed for the show’s executive producer after sending a video of himself performing a hymn.

But ministry has been his calling since the age of 21, when he contacted the University of Glasgow to enquire about studying for a Bachelor of Divinity.

He completed an access course before going to university at the age of 25. After graduating, he took some time out before taking a charge in Glenrothes.

The entrepreneur spent the last 10 months running his company before being the unanimous vote of Old Kilpatrick Bowling Parish Church’s 72-strong congregation in December.

He was inducted earlier this month and compared being a minister to spinning tracks, when he said: “If you are a DJ, it’s the same as being a minister because you’ve got to play to your crowds.

“There are two options. I can do what I’m called to do as a minister and take weddings, funerals, baptisms and the services. Some people would be happy with that.

“The second option is to try and build the church and drive it into the modern era. It’s about serving people.

“Jesus served people no matter where they came from or what they did so that’s the primary focus.”

Joyce Dornan, a session clerk at the church, said the congregation is looking forward to what Mr McCrum will bring to the church after seven years without a permanent minister.

She said: “We have a good community that comes along to support the church, but we want more to come into the spirit of things.

“[We now have] a minister that we can go to and we have his ideas. We have a lot of traditional people in the church, but we also have people geared for change.

“[It’s good] for our youth organisations to have a nice young minister.”

Mr McCrum added: “It’s great when you get to be young again at 36.”