Rev John Shearer (Interim Principal)
Dr Adrian Holdsworth, MDiv, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
Adrian’s call to Biblical teaching came about while working in physics R&D and serving in his local church in Cambridgeshire. Following a year of specific prayer about their ministry roles, Adrian and Heather were compelled by their church elders to give up their day jobs and find a Bible College in order to enter full time ministry! Their unexpected journey took them to FMBC, then into the Faith Mission as rural evangelists, and most recently to Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago. Experience in both lay and ‘professional’ ministry drives Adrian to equip believers for the local church and empower servant-leaders to live gospel-centred lives. Adrian and Heather are members of Carrubbers Christian Centre. At College Adrian is responsible for curriculum development and lectures in Leadership, Bible Overview, Hermeneutics and some Bible books.
Heather Holdsworth, MA, BEd(Hons)
Heather studied in Edinburgh and enjoyed teaching in schools here. In 1997 she married her longstanding table-tennis opponent Adrian! Moving to Cambridge, they found their careers becoming the backdrop to the exciting things that God was doing in their local church. In 2005 they were urged to ‘give up the day jobs’ and switch vocations. They had the joy of 2 transformational years here at the Faith Mission Bible College. There followed a year working with the organisation in Derbyshire and then 3 incredible years at Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago. They now return – full circle – to the College where Heather will be lecturing in Spiritual Formation, Counselling and Children & Youth Work.
The College also benefits from the input of a number of external lecturers, including:
Ian Balfour, MA, LLB, BD, PhD
Alongside a career with a family law practice, Ian has had a lifetime interest in Church History. In 1980, he completed a part-time Doctorate of Philosophy at New College, Edinburgh on Tertullian, a second century lawyer converted in his thirties. Ian lectured for many years at the Scottish Baptist College and, since retirement from active legal practice, has gone three times to the Asia Theological Seminary in Manila, to assist in their undergraduate and post-graduate Church History departments. Ian teaches Church History at the College.
Rev Angus Bayne, MTh, BTh(Hons), BEd
Moving from a career as a commercial artist, Angus graduated from Edinburgh University and has served in parishes in Scotland, South Africa and Canada. He taught English and Art in a Canadian High School in Toronto for several years. He loves to teach Scripture and working with young Christians always gladdens his heart. At the College, Angus teaches Communication Skills.
Rev Peter Grainger, MA, BA(Hons), DipTh
Peter Grainger, spent twenty years as a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, serving in India, Pakista and Nigeria before returning to UK. Peter was Assistant Pastor at Long Crendon Baptist Church in Buckinghamshire, then Pastor of Freshbook Evangelical Church in West Swindon, followed by 17 years as Senior Pastor at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh. As well as continuing a pastoral and teaching ministry among Charlotte Chapel’s Mission family in many parts of the world, Peter now directs “2 Timothy 4”, a Trust set up in 2009 to strengthen Scottish preaching through teaching and workshops, mentoring pastors and partnering with other like-minded ministries.
Alex McLellan, BA, MA
Alex is the Founder and Executive Director of Reason Why, a Scottish Bible teaching and apologetics ministry. Alex completed his BA in Communications from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago before gaining his MA in Philosophy of Religion from Talbot School of Theology in Los Angeles. He worked as an itinerant evangelist/Bible teacher with the Heralds Trust before starting this apologetics ministry based in Scotland. Alex is now based in the States but we hope will continue to be of service to us, lecturing in Apologetics.
Rev Frank Parker, MTh
With a background in Local Government, Frank studied at the Apostolic Church Bible College and pastored churches for 23 years before gaining his M.Th by distance learning. A published author, he mentors those enrolled in the ‘Into the Word’ Correspondence Course.
Rev Daniel Ralph
Daniel is originally from Cornwall where he received training under the Vicar at Holy Trinity St Austell and later was called into full time ministry in the North West of England. Since 2010 Daniel has been Pastor of Wester Hailes Baptist Church and is currently working on completing his Masters. He writes occasionally for noteworthy.org.uk and is working on seeking to produce short, clear Christian resources with the profits going to support missions. He is the author of “Gospel Encounters” and plans, God willing, to write more.
Rev John A Riddell, MA BD
A graduate in Arts & Divinity from The University of Edinburgh, John served for 40 years as minister of Trinity Parish Church, Jedburgh (Scottish Borders), and is Chaplain to the Psychiatric Units at the Borders General Hospital, Melrose. The main focus of his ministry has been exposition of Scripture. He has a pastor’s heart.
Rev Dr Alexander M Roger, PhD, BD
Formerly Principal of the College and National Adviser in Religion to the Scottish Prison Service, Sandy has also held two pastorates in Scotland and England. For five years he was Senior Evangelist at Cliff College, the Methodist centre for evangelism and mission. Currently Minister of Middle Church, Coatbridge, he exercises a national and international Bible teaching ministry, with a special interest in evangelistic preaching. He lectures in Theology.
Rev Wayne Sutton, MDiv, BEng
Originally from New York, Wayne came to Christ while studying engineering in New Jersey. Following several years working for the United States Department of Defense Wayne attended the Capitol Bible Seminary and graduated in 1991 with a Masters of Divinity. He moved to Scotland in the spring of 1991, was married to Sarah began his ministry at Carrubbers Christian Centre in Edinburgh where he is now Senior Pastor. In addition to his pastoral ministry at Carrubbers Wayne has had a wide spread Bible teaching ministry throughout the British Isles and beyond including several years as an adjunct lecturer at the Golgotha Bible School in Talmaciu, Romania. Wayne is the director of the Carrubbers Institute of Biblical Studies, which is a lay Bible training programme attached to the Carrubbers Christian Centre.
Alistar Frater (College Administrator)
Following a career in the Royal Navy (Communications Branch), Alistar has used his administration and IT skills with various organisations prior to coming to work in the College Office in 2007.
Scott Worth (Property Manager)
Sent as missionaries to Scotland by GO! Ministries, Scott and his wife, Patti, are working alongside Calvary Chapel in Danderhall. Their home church is Crossroads Church, California. An electrician by trade, Scott looks after the ongoing maintenance of the College building.
Patti Worth (Finance Assistant)
Born and raised near Los Angels, California, USA, Patti has been involved in Church activities from an early age and was very involved in church worship. The Lord has used Patti in the area of worship as a leader and a teacher. At FMBC Patti is responsible for finance and works with the students in their domestic duties and special projects.
Suk Jha Lim (House Manager)
Suk Jha (Susie), from South Korea, graduated from FMBC in 2009 with a Certificate in Theology. Susie’s husband, Chun Woo, also a former FMBC student, is now studying at The Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh.
Valerie Robertson (Librarian)
Valerie joined the College staff in 1999 and uses her experience from working in various educational libraries to ensure the smooth running of the Govan Stewart Memorial Library within the College.
John Frame (Chef)
John uses the experience gained working in top-class restaurants to ensure the College’s nutritional needs are catered for.