The Baptist Union of Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of Rev Martin Hodson as our new General Director. Martin will begin his service as General Director in the autumn and will be formally commissioned at our 150th anniversary celebration 1st-2nd November.
Martin’s appointment was made earlier today at the Baptist Union of Scotland Council in Stirling. This unanimous decision of Council was the final step in a careful discernment process chaired by BUS Trustee Rev Don Currie. Don said, “it was obvious to us as a selection group that Martin was eminently qualified and experienced to step up to the role of General Director”
Welcoming the appointment of Martin Hodson, the current General Director Rev Alan Donaldson said, “Martin has been an invaluable colleague for the last 4 years and has brought great wisdom, strategic thinking and humble leadership to our Union. I look forward to all that God will do through Martin’s ministry in the comings years as he leads us forward.”
A short while after being appointed, Martin addressed Council, saying “I’m convinced God has called me to serve. A few years ago God called me to become a servant of ministers across the country and now I receive God’s call to serve our whole family of churches as General Director. Jesus said, ‘From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.’ I know that God has entrusted me with this role and in his strength, building on the outstanding work of Alan Donaldson, I will give myself to leading our Union in the next phase of our life together.”
After an initial career in production management, Martin was involved in church-planting in Cumbria before beginning as a Baptist minister at Bridge of Don in Aberdeen. He went on to become team leader at St Peter’s Baptist Church in Worcester. For the last four years, he has served the Baptist churches in Scotland as Ministry Development Coordinator, with a particular focus on the continuing development of ministers, the support of pre-accredited ministers and the settlement of ministers. His aim is to live out the vocation of a missionary disciple and equip others for this calling through exemplary leadership, teaching, and training.
Martin is married to Rebekah, a teacher, and they have three sons – two at university and one in gainful employment. Among Martin’s enthusiasms are sailing (usually off the west coast), playing music (often with the Falkirk Tryst Orchestra) and hill-walking. Martin has degrees in Theology from Oxford University and is currently working on a doctorate in Practical Theology at Glasgow University.