To be fearless for a believer is not to know no fear, but to act with boldness and trust in the face of fear. Can you imagine what our witness would be like if we Scottish Baptists were known for our fearlessness? All of our networks and neighbourhoods are calling out for disciples of Christ to be fearless in their witness and service. A people who will remember the often repeated commandment and promise of God “Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This year our Assembly unpacked aspects of discipleship in relation to this word “Fearless.” We were joined by Teun van der Leer, Rector of the Dutch Baptist Seminary, who explored our Baptist roots and the fearless witness of early Baptists. Rosey McFarlane, Pastor of Pastoral Care & Prayer at Stirling Baptist Church, helped us reflect on fearless prayer and how we might grow in boldness in and through prayer. Kang-San Tan, General Director of BMS World Mission, closed our Assembly with an exploration of the topic fearless mission reflecting on what it looks like today for us to participate in the mission of God with a Godly boldness.

Audio recording from this year’s Assembly

Poems written and performed by Fiona Stewart at this year’s Assembly

Slides from Fearless SCIO Compliance – Alan Holloway & Brian Miller


Teun van der Leer

Teun van der Leer (1959) is the rector of the Dutch Baptist Seminary at VU-University in Amsterdam. Having worked as a journalist and as a teacher in highschool for around ten years, he was ordained as a Minister in 1993. Since 2005 he works at the Seminary, teaching Baptist History & Theology, Ecclesiology and Liturgy. Since 1984 he is the editor of ‘Soteria’, a quarterly for evangelical theological reflection. He is married to Ria and father of three sons and grandfather of three grandsons and two granddaughters. He loves to read, to play chess and to bike.

Kang-San Tan is General Director of BMS World Mission

Previously, Kang San was Head of Mission Studies at Redcliffe College and Director for Mission Research for OMF. He obtained his Masters in Christian Studies in Old Testament from Regent College, Canada, and completed his doctoral studies in Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA. He also holds a PhD in Theology of Religions from Aberdeen University.  He is passionate to explore with local churches on aspects of multicultural churches, missional leadership and engagements with Islam and Buddhism.

He is married to Loun-Ling (lawyer, pastor, trainer and woman speaker) and they have a grown up daughter, Chara, working in Canada.

Rosey Mcfaralne

Rosey Mcfaralne has been working as one of the Pastors at Stirling Baptist Church for the last 10 years. Over that time she has fulfilled different roles, starting with youth & students then moving on to Adult ministry. During the majority of that time at SBC she has been very involved in equipping the church and encouraging the church in prayer, running many different prayer initiatives over the years, overseeing the prayer ministry team and leading healing services.

Before moving to Stirling, Rosey worked for Youth For Christ, locally and nationally where she felt as an organisation she was equipped, and was given many opportunities to develop her gifts in discipleship and mission. Rosey is married to Kirk and they have a daughter Zara – Grace who is two years old now, They have two working cocker spaniels and as a family enjoy all the dog walks and outdoor life together.


Ilse Ogston lives in Bishopton with her husband Stephen and baby son Ewan. They are members of Queen’s Park Baptist Church in Glasgow where Ilse has recently been appointed as Worship Coordinator. She is a long-standing member of the worship team and regularly leads worship there. Ilse also works part time as a Speech and Language Therapist. Her passions include communication and creativity. These are often expressed through singing and songwriting. Ilse has released two albums of her own songs, ‘Turn the page’ and ‘Skyline’ and has also been a part of several musical projects including, most recently, Satellite.
Satellite is a group of songwriters, vocalists and musicians drawn from various churches across Scotland. They have a vision to help resource the church with an indigenous collection of songs which are theologically sound, lyrically fresh and melodically accessible. Combining strong vocal harmonies and organic acoustic instrumentation, Satellite offer an uplifting and distinctive sound drawn from their unique Scottish heritage. They have released two albums of original home grown material, ‘Church Come Alive’ and ‘One Church, One Voice’.