Our team

Staff Team

Martin Hodson

General Director

Specialist area: Strategic Leadership.

After an initial career in production management with Kangol Ltd, Martin served as a minister in churches in Cumbria and Aberdeen and then as senior minister at St Peter’s Baptist Church, Worcester. Prior to becoming General Director he spent four years serving our Union as Ministry Development Coordinator. Through these years his aim has been to live out the vocation of a missionary disciple and equip others for this role. 

Martin is married to Becky and they have three sons, now spread far and wide. Martin has degrees in Theology from Oxford University.

Martin Hodson
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Jim Purves

Mission and Ministry Advisor

Specialist area: Ministerial support, Mission and Ministry Development, Theological reflection

Jim was confronted with the Risen Jesus in 1975, as a 3rd year student at Edinburgh University, powerfully converted and immediately experiencing a call to full-time Christian service, which he entered in 1980, after completing degrees in both Law and Theology. He has served as a minister in Church of Scotland, Independent and Baptist congregations.

Married since 1979 to Jennifer, an English language specialist teacher and with two grown up kids, a doctor and a pastor, Jim is a keen swimmer and enjoys networking and travelling.
Earning a theology doctorate from Aberdeen University in 1994, Jim has since taught and supervised theological research part-time in a number of seminary settings, chiefly at the International Baptist Theological Study Centre, now in Amsterdam. Jim’s published works focus on the interface between Theology and Christian Spirituality, mission and ministry.

Jim Purves
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Peter Dick

Finance Director

Specialist area: Union finances, treasurer support and distribution of grants.

Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976. He was called to Erskine Baptist Church in 2009 as his first charge following a number of years studying at International Christian College for a BA in Theology and an honours BD in Divinity at the Scottish Baptist College. Peter joined the BUS team in 2011 and He works bi-vocationally with BUS to support the ministry at Erskine.

Jim Purves
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Ali Laing

Next Generation Development Coordinator

Specialist area: Youth, Youth Leaders, Youth Ministry Development, Student and Young Adults.

Originally a Secondary Teacher Ali served Queens Park Baptist for 6 years as youth pastor before working nationally across Scotland for Alpha and Onelife. Ali aims to live authentically as a follower of Jesus and is passionate about inviting, equipping and encouraging young people to join the adventure of following Christ. Ali is committed to seeing youth and young leaders raised up across Scotland and serves on the Deep Impact Conference Planning group and is on the council of reference for PowerPoint.

Ali Laing
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Andrew Clarke

Continuing Ministry Development (CMD) Lead

Specialist area: Continuing Ministry Development, supporting pre-accredited ministers.

Before joining the BUS, Andrew lectured in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen for 20 years, with a particular research interest in life and leadership in the earliest Christian communities. Together with his wife, Jane, he has been involved in planting and leading a ‘Simple Church’ in North Aberdeenshire, in which small groups meet regularly as families to worship, learn from each other about God’s call on our lives, and develop as faithful disciples of Jesus – all in the context of hospitality around the kitchen table. He is passionate about these two goals of learning and formation, which come together in his role of CMD Lead.

Alan Holloway

Baptist Union of Scotland Solicitor

Specialist Areas: Church-related conveyancing, re-structuring churches as Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs), and general charity compliance.

After a secular upbringing, Alan came to Christian faith suddenly in his late teens through the witness of friends who happened to attend Baptist churches! The twin strands of law and Christian service have woven their way throughout Alan’s career, including studying at the Scottish Baptist College, serving the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, and working in private practice legal firms, large and small.

Alan has progressively specialised in the unique complexities of church title deeds, and more recently has combined this with the charity law knowledge to pilot unincorporated churches through the process of re-structuring as SCIOs, and transferring assets and liabilities to the new entity.

Alan has been our Law Agent/Solicitor since 1996 and has worked part-time in-house for our Union since 2018. Alan runs his own legal practice Diakoneo Legal Services Limited (www.diakoneolegal.com). Diakoneo is Greek for “I serve”, and Alan serves a variety of Baptist and other churches and church-related charitable organisations.

Alan Holloway
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Jenny Wilson

PA to the General Director

Specialist area: Communications and Events

Jenny joined the team in 2008 after previously working as the Manager of a Christian bookshop for a number of years. She provides administrative support to our National Team, Council and AGM. As a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, BA Publishing (Hons), Jenny also works on our communications as well as our larger events. Jenny is also the Prayer Coordinator and compiles the daily prayer guide.

Jenny Wilson
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9am – 5pm Mon – Thurs; 9am – 1pm Fri

Ivy Young

Ministry Administrator

Specialist area: Administratively supporting all areas of Ministry.

Ivy is a qualified medical secretary who joined our Union in 1998, serving in a number of roles before becoming our Ministry Administrator in 2011. She is responsible for administering our Board of Ministry, Pre-accreditation process, Continuing Ministry Development, Sabbatical Grants and Settlement. Ivy is happy to receive all enquiries relating to ministry. 

Ivy Young
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8am – 4pm, Mon – Thurs

Lynn Scott

General Administrator

Lynn joined BUS in September 2014 and works part-time providing administrative support for the Lead Academy sessions held here in Scotland, and for the Training Hub.  She keeps the BUS database up-to-date, deals with bookings for our holiday accommodation in Findochty and deals with our retirement properties and their related matters.

Lynn Scott
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8am – 1pm, Mon – Wed

Beatrice Anderson

Finance Administrator

Beatrice joined us in 1992 working part time as Covenant Administrator for our churches. When Gift aid was introduced her job changed to finance assistant where she spent the next 5 or 6 years administering payroll for a number of our churches. She is now part time office supervisor and finance administrator giving support to our Finance Director Peter Dick.

Beatrice Anderson
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8am – 3pm, Mon – Wed

BUS Trustee Board

The Trustee Board is comprised of Martin Hodson, Peter Dick and Jim Purves (executive directors) and the following non executive directors:

  • Frances Bloomfield – BUS Convenor (convenor@scottishbaptist.org.uk)
  • Don Currie – Saltcoats (South Beach) Baptist Church
  • Stephen Hagan – Westray Baptist Church, Orkney
  • Ruth McLaren – Pitlochry Baptist Church
  • Brian Miller – Crown Terrace Baptist Church, Aberdeen
  • Alistair Purss – Dumfries Baptist Church
  • Evelyn Stewart – Viewfield Baptist Church
  • Sandy Weddell – Easterhouse Baptist Church

Resources

On these pages you will find information, advice and support for church leaders. This includes guidance on ministry, mission, training, safeguarding, financial and legal compliance.

Prayer

Prayer is at the heart of our Union. The prayer calendar is a framework to help individuals or congregations pray for all our churches throughout the year.  Every Sunday evening several hundred people from our churches across Scotland join in our National Prayer Livestream.