2015 Contributors

The Baptist Assembly in Scotland is pleased to announce this year’s contributors.

Amie Aitken – Worship Leader

Combining soulful melodies with a passionate testimony, the music of Amie Aitken is capturing the hearts of audiences across the UK and beyond. Inspired by her own experiences in foster care prior to adoption, and her work with vulnerable children as a staff member at Carluke Baptist Church, Amie has been working alongside Home for Good: An independent charity aimed at making adoption and fostering a significant part of the Church’s life and ministry. Her debut EP, Audience of One, was released in 2013. The EP features the singles Meet My Maker and This I Know: A re-imagining of the classic hymn, Jesus Loves me.

 

Margaret Gibbs – Minister of Perry Rise Baptist Church

 

Elie Haddad – Lecturer in Leadership and Missional Ecclesiology – President of Arab Baptist Theological Seminary.

Born and raised in Lebanon, Elie Haddad immigrated to Canada towards the end of the civil war in Lebanon in 1990. He worked for 15 years in Toronto as a senior Information Systems and Management consultant. During his work, Elie felt called to ministry and so enrolled in a Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) program at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto alongside his involvement with the Middle East Baptist Church in Mississauga where he served as an elder and a member of the pastoral team.In 2005, Elie and his wife Mireille felt called to return to Lebanon, where – as a missionary with the Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) – Elie joined the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) serving as Provost until 2008 when he became President.

 

David Kerrigan – General Director of BMS World Mission 

Rev David Kerrigan is General Director of BMS World Mission. He first joined BMS in 1983, having first qualified as an accountant in industry. After training in the UK, he and his wife Janet and their two small children worked in Bangladesh where David was Treasurer of a large General and Leprosy Hospital.  On learning Bengali, David also had opportunity for teaching and preaching in the area, and returned to UK in 1988 for full-time theological studies at Spurgeon’s College. David was then called to the pastorate at Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, Exeter, before the opportunity came to rejoin BMS in 1995 as Regional Secretary for Asia living this time in Sri Lanka.  David was responsible for BMS work in Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and India.  In 1997 David visited Afghanistan for the first time, then still under Taliban rule, and negotiated the beginning of BMS work there. During this period also, he served for four years as President of the United Mission to Nepal. David returned to the UK in 1999 to become BMS Director for Mission, before being appointed as General Director in January 2009.

 

Paul Unsworth – Baptist minister

is a Baptist minister who established a commercial coffee shop, which is also home to a church community, in London’s Brick Lane. Kahaila opened in June 2012 and there are now plans for another. Paul has a heart for those in their 20s and 30s. He was youth pastor at a church in Hackney for eight years and Youth Coordinator for New Wine (London South-East). Paul is married to Amy they have two young children Finlay and Isla.

 

Wes Whyte – Neopolis Centre Co-ordinator; Lecturer in Urban Ministry ICC

Wes is married to Cynthia and they have five children and two grandchildren, all living in Glasgow.  He grew up as a missionary kid in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo where his parents served in medical missions. After serving as a pastor in the United States for fifteen years, Wes and his family moved to Glasgow to start the Mosaic Community, a church-plant of Christian Associates International. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) and a DMin from Denver Seminary.  Wes loves the odd mix of jazz and Gustav Mahler. As well as lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels Wes is the Centre Co-ordinator of Neopolis, The Scottish Centre for Theology and Ministry in an Urban World based at ICC.