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Our History

History of the Association

The association was first formed at a meeting held in Charlotte Chapel Baptist Church, Edinburgh on Tuesday, 12th May 1925 with the object of preparing a list of names of lay preachers to be submitted to the Baptist Union of Scotland.

Any preacher who had served the Scottish Baptist churches with acceptance for at least two years could be considered eligible, given the further recommendation of the committee.

Up to 1978, business was conducted by a committee answerable to the Council of the Scottish Baptist Union. Restructuring of the Union led to the committee becoming a Core Group within the department of Church Life.

In 1982, the Core Group was disbanded, and the Association then came to be run by an autonomous Lay Preachers' Committee.

Although the Association is independent of the Baptist Union of Scotland, close links still remain. The SBLPA are represented by the Secretary and President alternately at the Baptist Union Council Meetings.

An annual report of the work of the Association is presented to the Union's Council and to the Scottish Baptist Union Assembly.

Presidents of the Association
  • 2018 - Present
Andrea Mill(Bristo)
  • 2013 - 2018
Douglas Inglis(Newton Mearns)
  • 2008 - 2013
Jim McFarlane(Kirkintilloch)
  • 2003 - 2008
Michael Wray(St Andrews)
  • 1996 - 2002
Albert Clark(Ayr)
  • 1992 - 1996
George Petrie(Broxburn)
  • 1989 - 1992
William Fleming(New Prestwick)
  • 1985 - 1989
Jim Parratt(Bearsden)
  • 1983 - 1985
Philip Staley(Morningside)
  • 1981 - 1982
James Fleming
  • 1978 - 1980
John Sharp(Denny)
  • 1973 - 1978
J Grant
  • 1957 - 1973
W A Hunter
  • 1946 - 1957
H J Fraser
  • 1929 - 1946
G S Kirby
  • 1925 - 1929
R F Conway

General Secretaries of the Association
National
  • 2007 - Present
Glen Cartwright(Newton Mearns)
  • 1993 - 2006
Fraser Mitchell(Partick)
  • 1985 - 1992
Philip Staley(Morningside)
  • 1981 - 1985
Harry Graham(Shettleston)
  • 1974 - 1981
Philip Staley(Morningside)
  • 1972 - 1973
John Grant(Paisley)
  • 1964 - 1972
George Kerr(New Prestwick)
East
  • 1963 - 1976
C McDonald
  • 1962 - 1963
G Kerr
  • 1957 - 1962
W Fleming
  • 1953 - 1957
C A Welsh
  • 1928 - 1953
A McKinlay
West
  • 1968 - 1976
J Brown
  • 1967 - 1968
H N Graham
  • 1946 - 1967
T Kerr
  • 1943 - 1946
C A Welsh
  • 1938 - 1943
D H Rankin
  • 1937 - 1938
C A Welsh
1925 - 1937
  • 1929 - 1937
A B Burgess
  • 1925 - 1928
G S Kirby

Treasurers of the Association
  • 2016 - Present
Mark Donaldson(Peterhead)
  • 2012 - 2016
Lionel Gibbs(Stirling)
  • 2000 - 2012
Alan Milnes(Leslie)
  • 1988 - 1999
Peter Lanigan(Falkirk)
  • 1985 - 1987
Philip Staley(Morningside)
  • 1983 - 1984
Ron Leatham(East Kilbride)
  • 1979 - 1982
Harry Graham(Cathcart)

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