David began his higher education in Chemical Engineering, gaining his PhD in 1973. Thereafter, he began to study theology at the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow (1973-76) and then at the Free Church College (1976-78). He later gained his MTh from the University of Glasgow in 2000.
David was minister at Coatbridge Free Church from 1986-1999 and then became the General Secretary of the British Evangelical Council from 2000-2004. He has a particular passion for South America where he has spent a good part of his ministry (2004-2010), serving in the Evangelical Seminary of Lima (Peru) and in the University Foundation Bible Seminary of Colombia. He is the founder of Recursos Teológicos (theological resources website in Spanish) and has produced over fifty publications in English/Spanish.
His interests include long-distance running, street photography and sketching.
Peter Grainger, spent twenty years as a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, serving in India, Pakista and Nigeria before returning to UK. Peter was Assistant Pastor at Long Crendon Baptist Church in Buckinghamshire, then Pastor of Freshbook Evangelical Church in West Swindon, followed by 17 years as Senior Pastor at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh.
Peter now directs “2 Timothy 4”, a Trust set up in 2009 to strengthen Scottish preaching through teaching and workshops, mentoring pastors and partnering with other like-minded ministries.
Alex studied philosophy and psychology at Edinburgh University in the late 60s, before studying theology at the Free Church College. His first pastorate in Bishopbriggs in the 1970s involved running outreach cafes and youth clubs for deprived children as well as serving as a school chaplain. In the 1980s he became minister in a thriving city centre church in oil boom Aberdeen – a period of great church growth among students and young working people. During that time he headed up the burgeoning Free Church Youth Camps work. He ministered in Buccleuch Free Church in Edinburgh from 1993-2014, and among other things has served on Lothian Region and Edinburgh City Education Committees and as Free Church Media Officer and Editor of The Monthly Record.
He is a published author in the areas of ethics, the environment and narrative preaching.
He is married to Evelyn and they have four children and four grandchildren.
Donald began his ministry in Kilmallie Free Church where he served from 1964-1970. The next stage of his ministry was urban, in Partick Highland Free Church in Glasgow from 1970-1978. Ever good with words, he edited The Monthly Record from 1977-1990. He has been a Visiting Professor in Glasgow University since 1999. In 2007, he was honoured with a D.D. by Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
Prior to coming to the Free Church College in 1978, Donald was already highly regarded for his incisive theological mind. During the last 30 years, he has moulded the minds of many students, and published numerous books and articles.
Donald and his wife Mary are both from Lewis, and have three sons.
Louise holds all three certificates in counselling from CCEF (Christian Counselling and Education Foundation) in Philadelphia. This includes Counselling Skills and Practice. She is a Biblical counsellor and works with New Growth Counselling in Edinburgh which operates under the auspices of the East of Scotland Gospel Partnership. Alongside counselling people with problems like depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties, Louise works as a Recitation Instructor for CCEF and runs seminars for their two year certificate programme based in Edinburgh. She also, along with her colleague David Armstrong, helps church leaders apply the Bible to specific crisis and life situations and to see how Biblical Counselling can be part of the local church.
Louise is married to Neil and they have four children. She is originally from Marvig, on the Isle of Lewis and loves little more than good food, good friends and good conversation.
Evangelism and Mission
Neil was minister at Kirkcaldy Free Church for 16 years before becoming the Free Church’s full-time Mission Development Officer. He has wide-ranging experience in church planting and redevelopment and is now planting a new church, Cornerston, in the heart of Edinburgh.
Neil continues to give support and guidance to new and struggling areas, and develop strategies of gospel outreach.
Neil is married to Louise, and they have four children.
John Nicholls is well known within the Free Church even though much of his career has placed him in London. After studying Mathematics and Education at the Universities of Bradford and Leeds, he entered the Free Church College. After completing his course at the college, John served as minister first in Ardnamurchan and then in the Cole Abbey congregation in London.
John was then appointed as Director of Recruitment and Training at the London City Mission a post in which he served for 10 years before being named as the Chief Executive of the Mission.
John retired in April and is currently serving as an Associate Minister in the Smithton Culloden Free Church outside of Inverness.
Duncan is from Thirsk in North Yorkshire. After training at the Free Church College he was appointed to head up the Free Church’s Asian Outreach work in Glasgow. He is married to Christine, a doctor, and they have two young children.
Duncan’s main passion and expertise is most evident in his work among the Muslim and Hindu communities where he has built up good friendships over the years. In a multi-faith society and in a pluralist world it is necessary for students to understand other religions and to be equipped to engage intelligently and sympathetically with the adherents of these religions.
Persuasive Evangelism and World Views
David studied History at Edinburgh University before entering the Free Church College. He served first as minister in Brora and for the last 20 years he has been minister of the St Peter's congregation in Dundee.
David is a gifted communicator from the pulpit and in debate. He has edited the Free Church Record, written several books and written innumerable letters to the media.
David is passionate about bringing the Gospel into the public marketplace. He is the director of SOLAS the Centre for Public Christianity based in Dundee which has hosted speakers of International reknown such as John Lennox, Os Guiness and Ravi Zaccharias. David has spoken nationally and internationally interacting with the writings and pronouncements of such noteworthy opponents as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins.
David is married to Annabel and they have three children, Becky, Andy and Emma Jane.
Christian Maturity & Leadership
Mark Stirling trained in medicine at Glasgow University and practiced as a GP until 2002. He and his wife Jenny started and led a new student ministry with the Navigators in Edinburgh. Mark then studied at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, gaining a Masters in Exegetical Theology in 2007. He then embarked on doctoral studies in St Andrews supervised by Dr Grant Macaskill, completing a thesis in 2011 with the title “Transformation and Growth: the Davidic Temple Builder in Ephesians”, which is a study of church, discipleship and leadership.
Since 2008, Mark has led the Disciple-making Leaders Network at the annual European Leadership Forum, a gathering of Christian leaders from all over Europe and has also led the Forum’s Cambridge Leaders Network and Leadership Development Initiative. Mark currently pastors Cornerstone St Andrews, a new church planted in 2013 and directs the Chalmers Institute in St Andrews which is committed to education and formation of leaders who will live and speak Good News in every sphere of life.
He is married to Jenny and they have 4 children ranging from 21 to 13 years old.
Will gained his theology training at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, USA. During his time there he travelled to Israel to study modern Israeli and again to participate in an archaeological dig.
He was a Minister for ten years, serving in a German Reformed (RCUS) and then in a Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) congregation. He also served as a missionary in Germany for over twelve years with Mission to the World (MTW is the Foreign Missions Committee of the PCA) and is the Coordinator of Theological Education for MTW Europe.
He is pursuing doctoral studies at the Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany. Currently he is Associate Minister at St. Peter's Free Church, Dundee. Will is married to Judi and they have two grown sons. Will’s interests include reading and gardening.