It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of former SBC lecturer, Derek Murray. Derek will be fondly remembered by many former students having served in a variety of teaching roles at the College over the course of 46 years.

Not only did Derek serve as a lecturer at the College, but he was also a student and graduate of SBC completing his studies in 1958 and, thereafter, becoming the minister at Glenburn Baptist Church. It was less than 3 years later that he took up the post of lecturer in New Testament in December 1960 which was made a full-time position in October 1961. He remained in this position until he became pastor of the Whyte’s Causeway Church, Kirkcaldy in 1966. However, Derek returned to the College as a part-time lecturer in many different guises all the way through until 2006. Notably while at SBC he taught Old Testament Studies, Early Christianity, and, of course, Baptist History.

The College in 1962 with Rev D.B. Murray in the front row.

With such a long connection to the College there are many memories, but what most stands out is the humility with which Derek lived his life and the deep faith in God. Current SBC Principal Rev Dr Ian Birch writes:

“I will remember Derek as a quiet and gentle man, kind and generous, with a super sharp mind which made him great company to be with, and to share great conversations. He wrote the Centenary History of the College and remained a friend and supporter of the College and staff over many years, ensuring the principal got to the SBL/AAR conferences on numerous occasions. Scholar, teacher, pastor, Derek Murray has contributed a gifted life to the service of the Baptist cause in Scotland, as well as the wider church, and we will miss him greatly.”

Former SBC Principal Rev Dr Jim Gordon (left) with Rev Dr Derek Murray (right) celebrating Derek’s 50 years of ministry in 2008.

The funeral will be held on Monday 6th June 2022. Please contact the College for further details.