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Ministry Development Coordinator Appointment

Rev Martin HodsonAt 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."

Connect March

I'm really pleased to deliver you the latest issue of Connect. In it you'll find content aimed at encouraging you to think you can live fruitful, intentionally missional lives on the frontlines of the workplace. Most, if not all of you, will be or have spent a considerable amount of time working in a job, trade, or profession. So hearing from a range of folk like Rev Jack Quinn (a Chaplain to Brahead Shopping Centre), a sexual health nurse serving her patients, an IT worker who helps fight global poverty, and a nursery nurse, I hope will be edifying to you. Please download the attachment below or click here to view it online.


Rory Martin

An encouragement from Jim Purves

Having visited, in the last 3 years, nearly all the congregations within our BUS, it is a great privilege to be one of the few people who are in a position to make accurate comment and authentic report as to what is actually going on in our churches. 

The truth is that the Baptist Union of Scotland is made up of many lively and vitally Christ centred Christian communities, striving to be intentionally relational, creatively rooted and unashamedly missional. Three years on, I have revisited Grant Hamilton, the pastor of Carbrain Baptist Church in Cumbernauld. Here is what he has to celebrate, among much blessing .....

Watch ther video here.

Whitley Lecture 2015: What is Ministry?

The word ‘ministry’ in English Bibles is typically a translation of the Greek word diakonia. This has been thought to imply such ideas as ‘loving service’. However, one recent writer claimed that, ‘[s]uch mass misreadings of the Scriptures have no place in a church’. At a time when British Baptists are focussing particular attention on ministry for the future, this lecture will re-examine the use and meaning of the term diakonia' in three key New Testament texts, to see how ‘ministry’ is there understood. The lecture will challenge some aspects of the new approach to diakonia, but also begin to explore its significance for those who minister today.

So we are delighted to announce that the Scottish Baptist College in partnership with the Baptist Union are bringing Ed Kaneen to take the 2015 Whitley Lecture: What is Biblical Ministry?: Revisiting diakonia in the New Testament. Ed Kaneen is Tutor in Biblical Studies at South Wales Baptist College, and teaches New Testament in Cardiff University.


This will take place at Central Baptist Church, Paisley on the evening of Thursday February 26th.

Attendance is free, and all are welcome!

Contact the College for further details: 0141 848 3988, or