On the 12th October 2015, I transitioned from my role as Associate Pastor at Calderwood Baptist Church (CBC) to Pastor at Dennistoun Baptist Church (DBC).
In one sense it has all happened very quickly. We were aware of the possibility of replanting DBC through the support of CBC late last year. Two of the members at Calderwood, Andrew and Shirley McKendry had been involved at Dennistoun for a number of years and through their contact both churches were able to come together to discuss the potential of a replant of DBC. Fast forward to May of this year and the discussion between both churches had become an agreement to replant through a small church planting team from CBC. Within a short period of time Pauline and I have seen God’s hand leading us to a place where we would have a clear calling to both the church and community at Dennistoun.
In another sense God has been at work over a long time to bring us where we are today. For myself (Mark) the journey began in 2004. I sensed God’s call into full time ministry, and in particular to minister to the unreached and the very least. As I continued theological study and gained experience in ministry, (through an internship and full time employment at CBC), God gave me a heart for church planting and in particular to be a light in a community where there was little or no Gospel witness.
For Pauline, as she has journeyed faithfully in her own walk with God and in her own ministry, she has had an on-going and ever increasing desire to help those in real need and difficulty. When God brought us together in 2013 He knew that He was uniting two people with similar hearts to reach the unreached and to be that witness to the lost.
All of this was confirmed earlier this year when God showed us the spiritual, physical, and emotional depravation that exists in the East End of Glasgow, and the potential for us to minister in the context of Dennistoun, a community in which there is very little gospel witness.
So what will this look like? Pauline and I will be moving to Dennistoun, with a clear call to serve and minister within DBC and the surrounding community with the support of CBC and the Baptist Union. The planting team (which Pauline and I will lead) provides DBC with support in different areas of ministry including preaching and teaching, worship, outreach, pastoral care and tech. This injection of ministry support into the life of DBC exists in order that the church will one day become a self-sustaining church. DBC will continue as an autonomous church and will be linked to CBC in terms of ministry enabling in different areas.