Nigel has been in Christian ministry since 2005, serving in Ayr Free Church (2005 -2009) and subsequently in Livingston Free Church (2009-to date).
Prior to studying for the ministry, he taught History in the following Scottish Secondary schools: Castlebay School (Isle of Barra); Sgoil Lionacleit (Isle of Benbecula); Carnoustie High School; and Portree High School.
In 2017, he completed his MTh on the subject of “The Response to the Free Church of Scotland to the First World War, 1914 -1919.” In addition to his pastoral work, Nigel is Chaplain to Legion Scotland, Livingston branch.
Nigel is married to Janice and has two children and one grandchild. Among many other things, Nigel enjoys reading 20th century European History and playing golf.
Undergraduate Lecturer and Postgraduate Supervisor
Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world. From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, he regularly address audiences of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.
Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and has taught extensively at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology, as well as Acadia Divinity College and Wycliffe College, University of Toronto in Canada.
Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an (a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed) and Heroes: Five Lessons From Whose Lives We Can Learn, an exciting and fast-moving look at the lives of five incredible giants of the Christian faith. His latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Dreadful Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. He also co-wrote and presented the TV documentary, Burning Questions.
When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher. They live in Dundee.
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.
John R. McIntosh
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.
Harrison Perkins is the assistant minister at London City Presbyterian Church.
He is the author of Catholicity and the Covenant of Works: James Ussher and the Reformed Tradition (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), holds a PhD from Queen's University Belfast, and a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California. He is a lecturer in Christian Doctrine at Cornhill Belfast, and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America.
Before accepting the call to work in the Free Church, he served as student intern at New Life Presbyterian Church La Mesa, and as assistant minister at Second Saintfield Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland. Before that, he was heavily involved in university ministry through Campus Outreach.
Harrison is married to Sarah, and loves good coffee, southern barbecue, and fried seafood.
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.
John S. Ross
John Ross has been a Christian minister for over forty years. His missionary experience includes working in theological education in Nigeria (1972-76) and most recently at Dumisani Theological Institute, South Africa (2008-2011). For sixteen years (1986-2002) he worked with Christian Witness to Israel, latterly as General Secretary, and during this time was European Coordinator for the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism.
From 2002 to 2008 he served as minister of Greyfriars Free Church of Scotland,Inverness, being elected moderator of the Free Church General Assembly of 2007. John was until recently looking after the Free Church congregation in Kilmallie in Scotland. He holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), for a study of Scottish Jewish missions. He is married to Elizabeth; they have three children and nine grandchildren. John's pastimes include hillwalking and fly-fishing.
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.