CANOPY SUMMER is an exciting opportunity for our Scottish Baptist churches, friends and family, to gather from around the country and spend a day together again!

Canopy Summer is taking place on Sat 11 June, at Dunblane High School, and is a space for us to worship, learn, connect, pray, create, have fun and listen to God!

Canopy is an event being organised by the Baptist Union of Scotland, in partnership with many of the local Scottish Baptist churches around the network. We have volunteers and contributors from Aberdeen, Saltcoats, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, East Kilbride, Dumfries, Stirling, and many more!

We really hope you can join us! Book your tickets at the link below by 7th June to make sure you have a space!

For all the details on our Seminar Streams you can click the link and open the PDF, or scan the QR code on your phone and access the options on the go!


Dave Richards

Dave Richards has been at St Paul’s and St George’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh since 1996. As Rector of P’s and G’s, Dave’s main responsibilities are leading the church and staff team, preaching and evangelism. 

Dave chairs the Alpha Scotland board, is on the board of World Vision UK and served on the board of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity for 7 years. He also served on the UK Council of Evangelical Alliance and the EA’s Scottish Executive.

Prior to being ordained in the Anglican church, he worked for UCCF and as an evangelist (plus, he used to be a Baptist!). He is currently studying for a Doctor of Ministry in Church Planting.

Dave is married to Cathy, and they have three grown up children, Joshua, Nathan, and Iona

Lewis Catto

Lewis Catto will be leading worship at Canopy Summer. He can usually be found at Sheddocksley Baptist Church in Aberdeen, where he works as the Creative Communications Coordinator and also leads worship.

We are delighted he will leading us at Canopy this summer as we worship God, and brings together a team of talented musicians from around Scotland.

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Martin Hodson

Martin has been General Director of the BUS since 2018, having spent the previous four years on team as Ministry Development Coordinator. Martin now leads the recently increased staff team and has a real heart for developing and supporting the Baptist network across Scotland.

Martin served as a minister in churches in Cumbria and Aberdeen and then as senior minister at St Peter’s Baptist Church, Worcester. 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.

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Amie Aitken

Amie serves as the lead pastor at Leslie Baptist Church, Fife. Prior to this she spent six years at Carluke Baptist Church as the Children & Families worker, supporting vulnerable families in the community.

Alongside her ministry role she serves on the Scottish Advisory Board of Home For Good, helping churches to support families who foster or adopt. Through all her roles she is a passionate advocate for trauma-informed preaching, pastoral care and discipleship.

She often leads the morning reflections on UCB radio and has been a guest on various podcasts including Beer Christianity and our Scottish Baptist Union’s MIGCast [now Re:Cast] which you can find HERE! 

Lina Toth

Rev. Dr Lina Toth is Assistant Principal and Lecturer in Practical Theology at the Scottish Baptist College, and Senior Research Fellow at the International Baptist Theological Study Centre, The Netherlands. She is the editor of Theology in Scotland journal and chair of the Worship and Spirituality Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.

A musician and artist as well as a theologian, she is particularly interested in ethics, spirituality, and theology of culture. Her second love is history—not so much dates but people and stories which have shaped the world we have today. Her most recent book is Singleness and Marriage after Christendom: Being and Doing Family (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2021). 

John MacKinnon

John works as Director of Evangelism with Word One to One, and is based in East Kilbride, Scotland, where he served as the Lead Pastor of Calderwood Baptist Church for more than 17 years.

He previously served as an Evangelist and Bible Teacher in an itinerant capacity, with an emphasis on enabling churches to develop their members to make Jesus known amongst their friends.

John has been passionate about the ministry of The Word One to One since his first encounter with us, and as Director of Evangelism, he rejoices in the privilege of drawing alongside local churches to encourage, equip and enable them to raise up an ever-increasing number of joyful bible sharers. He is married to Linda and they have three children, all adults, and he is Papa to four grandchildren who fill his life with so much fun.

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Lynette Brooks

Lynette is a qualified counsellor and Kintsugi Hope’s Relationship Manager. Lynette started her working life as a nurse and Health Visitor, then left the NHS to go to Bible school, followed by a season on team at a Jamaican school.

Lynette was involved in teaching and training at CWR (Waverley Abbey Trust) for many years and her interest and experience lie in all aspects of emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Her biggest joy and hope is that every single person is helped to know they are created in God’s image, are known, valued, and loved for who they are, and can embrace all aspects of their humanity.

Dave Barrie

Dave is the Pastor at Pitlochry Baptist Church where he has been based since 2007. His desire is to bring Jesus to the heart of the community and to see his kingdom there.

Dave is an avid football fan and also the Chaplain to St Johnstone Football Club.

Rachel Conway-Doel

Rachel is the Overseas Team Leader for Relief at BMS World Mission and is responsible for managing responses to disasters around the world.

She is currently working alongside the European Baptist Federation and the Baptist World Alliance Forum for Aid and Development in response to the Ukraine war. She is passionate about enabling the local Church and community to respond how they want to, ensuring the knowledge, relationships and skills they have are at the forefront of any response.

Rachel lives in a highly diverse area of Leeds, with a Springer Spaniel, a Baptist Minister and an array of friends and family at any one time

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Matthew Marshall

Matthew is one of the pastors of Glenrothes Baptist church where his focus of ministry is mission, outreach and evangelism.

Prior to returning to Scotland, Matthew served with his family on the mission field of Romania travelling extensively from there throughout Europe and North America sharing the good news of Jesus with a Romanian gospel music ministry.

Beside his passion for community and coffee, his passion is to see people grow in their love for Jesus and his word.

Kids & Youth

We have a fantastic programme for both Kids and Youth with sessions throughout the day!

Drop your youngsters off with us during the main sessions from:

10:30-12:15, and again from 4:15-5:30

…and join in with the games, sports, activities and picnic time sessions during the afternoon.

We will also have a hangout area open all day, along with the Message Bus, so plenty to keep everyone entertained!

We are delighted to announce that this year there will be two Canopy events. Canopy Summer on Saturday 11 June in Dunblane and Canopy Online on the weekend of 28-30 October.

For the last two years Canopy has been a tremendously encouraging opportunity for Baptist churches around Scotland to connect, share and encourage one another. The pandemic forced us to create an online gathering and this proved to have many benefits: people from remote parts of the country could join in as easily as those in the central belt, and for the first time we held a shared Sunday worship service for congregations across the country.

The down side of Canopy online has been that we have missed the chance for the informal conversations and networking that come with a face-to-face onsite event. With the easing of pandemic restrictions we recognised there is a real appetite for an event where we can come together in the same place. We toyed with the idea of creating a hybrid event for 2022 but we soon realised we could not do this well and would likely end up with the worst of both worlds.

Instead we decided to have both an onsite and an online event. The plan is to have our cake and eat it!

Canopy Summer

So on Saturday 11 June Canopy Summer will happen at Dunblane High School. It will be a day of worship, teaching, sharing and having fun together. The adult programme will include a morning session with a guest speaker, seminars in the afternoon and a plenary session at the end of the day.

Alongside these there will be a programme for youth and children, plus sports and activities for all ages in the afternoon (under the June sunshine!). Throughout the day there will be plenty of time to meet, talk and eat with others.

Canopy Online

We hope people from across the country will join for Canopy Summer, but we know for many the advantages of joining an event online will be compelling. So on 28-30 October Canopy  will be online again, including the now familiar content including a national prayer night, Bible teaching, inspiring stories from our churches, seminars and the online material for Sunday morning worship.

Connecting with one another across our network is a source of refreshment and strength, building us up in Christ and encouraging us to bold and imaginative acts of faithful obedience to Jesus as we learn from one another. I hope you will join at least one Canopy event. Or better still, have your cake and eat it by coming to both!

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