Rev. Dr. Andrew MacRae – Former General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Scotland

We received word this morning that the Reverend Dr. Andrew D. MacRae passed away on, October 30, at 11:45 pm.  Please join us in prayer for Jean and the MacRae family.

The Reverend Dr. Andrew D. MacRae was born in Lasswade, near Edinburgh, Scotland in 1933. Through the early encouragement of his pastor, Dr. MacRae became a street evangelist in Edinburgh as a teenager. He received his Master of Arts at the University of Edinburgh in 1954, his Bachelor of Divinity at the Baptist Theological College of Scotland in 1957, and was ordained in early August 1957. He was called to pastoral ministry in Scotland for 12 years, focusing on urban ministry, followed by 14 years as the General Secretary and Superintendent of the Baptist Union of Scotland. Dr. MacRae served extensively in Europe and the Soviet Bloc, working with the Baptist World Alliance and also preaching, teaching and leading conferences in more than 50 countries on every continent. In recognition of his work, he received a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from the Campbellsville University, Kentucky, in 1979.

In 1979, Dr. MacRae received an invitation from Acadia Divinity College to establish the first Chair of Evangelism and Mission in Canada. Between 1980 and 1985, Dr. MacRae served as Professor of Evangelism and Mission at Acadia Divinity College. He then served as Principal (President) and Dean of Theology at the College from 1985 to 1998. During his time in Canada, Dr. MacRae earned his Doctor of Philosophy from St. Andrews University in 1984 and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Acadia University in 2004.

Dr. MacRae retired in 1998 after thirteen years, as ADC’s longest serving Principal. In retirement he served as a pastor, taught evangelism, and after a brief absence from the College, returned to direct the Doctor of Ministry program, a program he introduced in the 1980s. Until March 2014, he served as Senior Consultant to the Doctor of Ministry Program, Life and Ministry Coach, and Liaison to Hong Kong Ministries.