At our Council meeting on 19 March 2015, the Council unanimously appointed the Rev Martin Hodson as our new Ministry Development Coordinator, commencing late Summer 2015.
Martin is currently Senior Minister at St Peter’s Baptist Church, Worcester, where he has been in post since 1996 and leads a staff team of four full-time pastors, four managers and various ancillary staff in a vibrant church community of about 500.
He said: “"After 19 fruitful years in my present church I believe the Lord is now leading me to focus on equipping and facilitating the development of others in ministry.
"The twenty-four years I have been a Baptist minister have been an adventure of faith and personal growth in Christ.
"I have discovered the extraordinary privilege of being used by God, not least when I have felt weakest, to make disciples and serve a church community.
"I have always recognised the importance of the partnership and encouragement of others in ministry and have grown increasingly involved in mentoring and nurturing ministers and emerging leaders.
Prior to his current role, Martin worked in Cumbria, in a church plant situation; and from 1991-1995, he was Assistant Minister in Bridge of Don Baptist Church with both Douglas Hutcheon and John Greenshields (the outgoing Mission Development Coordinator).
He committed his life to Christ as a teenager, largely through the influence of the youth group at a Baptist Church in Heywood, Lancashire, and was baptised there at the age of 14 before becoming a church member.
He gained this theological education from Oxford University, gaining an MA in Theology in 1986 followed by an MTh in Applied Theology in 2001.
The former BMS World Mission president has also served in a wide range of roles including the Heart of England Association, the Baptist Union of Great Britain Assembly planning group and as a trustee for BMS, representing them in the UK and India.
In his time he acted as a moderator for a number of churches in periods of vacancy and shared in the process of appointing new ministers.
Following his MTh, he continued to read widely and kept an interest in aspects of academic theology.
Through the ministry at St Peter’s he has demonstrated an ability to combine a strategic, visionary dimension with a thoughtful and pastorally sensitive approach.
He is an excellent communicator and gifted preacher, able to convey biblical truths in a clear, engaging and yet gentle way. He's a firm leader, but works in team & encourages those on that team to grow in faith & responsibility.
Married to Becky, they have three sons, two currently studying in London and one who hopes to go to university later this year.
They plan to move to Scotland mid August, to allow some overlap with John Greenshields.
He added: “I have a passionate commitment, which I believe has been given by God, to see His church flourish and to release and nurture others to be Godly, exemplary and enduring leaders among God’s people.
"Having been nurtured myself within the Baptist Union of Scotland during the formative early years of my ministry, it would be a privilege to serve this Union again in the role of Ministry Development Coordinator.”
General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland, Alan Donaldson, said: "We're delighted to welcome the appointment of Martin. Our prayer is that the Lord will continue to bless his service amongst us."