Born on the Wirral, Cheshire, Ian Birch has been in Baptist Pastoral Ministry for twenty five years. Before he joined SBC as a full-time member of staff in 2008 he had pastorates in Gillingham, Southsea, St Helens and Kirkintilloch.
In addition to leading the College, Ian’s specialist area is primarily in the area of biblical studies, but he also teaches in the areas of ethics, church history, Christian leadership and Baptist History and Identity. He has postgraduate degrees in theology (University of Wales/Spurgeon’s College), biblical studies (Open University/ICC), and a PhD in historical theology (University of St Andrews).
He is married to Elizabeth and they have two children.
Born in Lithuania, Lina joined the College in June 2014, having relocated from the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague where she had served as a Course Leader, Lecturer and later as Pro-Rector and Academic Dean. Lina has BA degrees in Theology and English from the Lithuania Christian College in addition to an MTh in Applied Theology and PhD from IBTS/University of Wales. A musician and artist as well as a theologian, she remains involved in the wider church life, and is particularly interested in exploring various aspects of ethics, spirituality, and theology of culture.
She is married to George, who is a historian.
Her latest book explores the churches’ attitudes to human flourishing and is called Transforming the Struggles of Tamars: Single Women and Baptistic Communities
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Graham joined the College in September 2015. Prior to joining the College, Graham was located in Manchester, firstly working with the youth mission charity, ‘The Message Trust’, before studying a MA in Theology (Nazarene Theological College – Manchester). He was Associate Pastor for a church plant (Didsbury Community Church) for 2 years and was a licensed District Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 4 years. Most recently Graham worked as PR & Recruitment Strategist at Nazarene Theological College.
Graham completed his PhD studies in the area of Ecclesiology and Trinitarian Theology with a thesis title “Participation as a Paradigm for Free Church Ecclesiology” (University of Manchester). Graham also holds a LLB (Hons) with Philosophy (University of Glasgow) and a MSc in Marketing (University of Strathclyde). Most recently he has completed his Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice through the University of the West of Scotland.
In his spare time Graham enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports and listening to a wide collection of (mainly) Indie Folk music.
Rev. Dr. Andrew Clarke
Andrew joined the staff in August 2019 to launch the College’s Northern Hub. He previously taught New Testament at the University of Aberdeen for 20 years, and has a particular interest in the theology and practices of the earliest Christian communities.
His books include: A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership, Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers and Secular and Christian Leadership in Corinth: A Socio-Historical and Exegetical Study of 1 Corinthians 1-6.
Since 2012 he has been involved in a Simple Church community in North Aberdeenshire. Andrew is also the Continuing Ministry Development Lead at the Baptist Union of Scotland.
Rev. Dr. Steve Younger
Rev. Dr. Steve Younger teaches on the Time for Reflection and Pastoral Care modules as well as being the College’s Pastoral Support Tutor.
Though born in Ashford (Middlesex), Steve was brought up in Fife. His first degree was gained at the University of St. Andrews where he majored in Social Anthropology. He became a Christian while at St. Andrews and studied there for for five years. This was followed by four years at the Scottish Baptist College. Since 1986 he has been Pastor of High Blantyre Baptist Church, a role that he continues to serve in on a part-time basis. As well as his commitment to lecturing he is the School Chaplaincy Project Worker for ‘Christian Values in Education (Scotland)’ and a member of the International Association of Children’s Spirituality. His doctorate is on spiritual development within Scotland’s ‘Curriculum for Excellence.’
Rev Dr Alasdair Black
Lecturer in Church History and Baptist Identity
Born in Glasgow, Alasdair Black has been the senior pastor of Stirling Baptist Church for almost twenty years. Before taking up his pastorate in Stirling he served as the pastor of Cuffley Free Church in Hertfordshire and worked in Los Angeles and Amsterdam in urban mission.
Alasdair’s interests include biblical archaeology, New Testament background and Scottish Church history. He also has a keen interest in the socio-political affairs of the Near East. His doctorate is in Christian Ethics and Practical Theology with particular reference to Soren Kirkegaard’s ‘Attack Upon Christendom’ (University of Edinburgh) and has done postgraduate studies in Applied Theology (University of Oxford).
He is married to Susan and they have two children (Joy and Craig).
He has just written a book on the birth of Jesus, ‘History, Myth and the Birth of Jesus’, that is due for publication.
Paulus de Jong
Paulus teaches the Encountering the New Testament and Encountering the Old Testament modules.
Born in Urk, the Netherlands, Paulus joined the College in September 2020. He moved to Scotland in 2016 to pursue postgraduate studies (MLitt and PhD) at the University of St Andrews. Here, he tutored in Old- and New Testament courses and taught Greek.
Previous to St Andrews, he studied at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (BA) and the Dutch Baptist College (Ministry degree).
Paulus and his wife, Tiny, both work for the St Andrews Baptist Church. He as a ministry associate, and she as a children’s worker. They have a beautiful, Scottish born, daughter, Petra.
In his spare time, Paulus enjoys music (songwriting, church music, anything that allows him to pick up an instrument), and football.
Rev. Dr Edward Burrows