Rev. Dr Ian Birch BD MTh MPhil


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.

Rev. Dr Lina Toth (Andronoviene)

Assistant Principal and Lecturer in Practical Theology

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

Dr. Graham Meiklejohn

Lecturer in Theology and Communications Coordinator

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 ministry charity, ‘The Message Trust’, before studying a MA in Theology (Nazarene Theological College – Manchester). He was Associate Pastor at Didsbury Community Church for 2 years and was a licensed 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).

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 John Drane

Lecturer in Christian Mission and College Chaplain

John Drane has spent much of his adult life wrestling with the challenge of being a Christian in a rapidly changing culture, and has written many books on missional topics, including The McDonaldization of the Church, Do Christians know how to be Spiritual? and After McDonaldization: Mission, Ministry & Christian discipleship in an age of uncertainty – as well as three best-selling books on the Bible which have been translated into more than ninety languages.

John has taught in the universities of Stirling and Aberdeen, and at Fuller Seminary in the USA.  He is currently co-chair of the Mission Theology Advisory Group (a joint initiative of the Church of England and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland), and a trustee of Fresh Expressions.

Dr. Olive Drane

College Chaplain

Olive Fleming Drane studied theology and arts at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and mission and ministry at the University of Aberdeen.  She has taught in the School of Theology of Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California for more than twenty years, and is currently a Visiting Fellow of St John’s College, Durham as well as being a member of the teaching team for the Church Mission Society pioneer mission leadership training course.  She has written two books: Clowns, Storytellers, Disciples and Spirituality to Go: rituals and reflections for everyday living, along with numerous articles for journals and encyclopedias.

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.

Dr Marion Carson

Lecturer in Biblical Studies

Marion Carson lives in Glasgow with her husband, Douglas. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for several years, before gaining a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Glasgow. An ordained Baptist chaplain, she was previously lecturer in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Care at International Christian College in Glasgow, and is currently Pastoral Support Co-Ordinator for Glasgow City Mission. She serves as Adjunct Faculty at  IBTSC in Amsterdam, and is a member of the EBF Theological Education commission. She is an Honorary Fellow of New College, Edinburgh. Her research interest is the use of the Bible in Pastoral Practice, especially in the areas of pastoral care and discipleship. She is the author of The Pastoral Care of People with Mental Health Problems (SPCK 2008) and Human Trafficking, the Bible and the Church: An Interdisciplinary Study (SCM 2017).

Rev. Martin Hodson

Lecturer in Pastoral Theology

After an initial career in production management with Kangol Ltd, Martin served as a minister in churches in Cumbria, Aberdeen and Worcester.  He is now the Ministry Development Coordinator with the Baptist Union of Scotland. He is interested in what it means to live out the vocation of a missionary disciple of Christ and equip others for this role through teaching, training and mentoring. He completed his MA and MTh at Oxford University and is currently  working on a doctorate in practical theology, exploring the continuing development of practising ministers.

Mrs Joyce Holloway (LLB)

Bursar/ Administrator

Rev. Dr Edward Burrows