Our leadership team is led by our Pastor Rev Ian Macinnes.
Rev Ian Macinnes
I have one daughter, Kirsteen. I was privileged to be brought up in a Christian home, where my father was a parish minister. I came to personal faith in Jesus Christ at the age of ten. Teenage years were difficult with little Christian fellowship in the area we lived. As a family we moved to the Isle of Skye in 1979 and it was here I knew revival blessing and a call to full time ministry. After five years of theological study at Kings College, Aberdeen I was duly accepted into the Baptist ministry, and served for some time as associate Pastor of Sheddocksley Baptist Church. In March 2002 I accepted the call to be the Pastor of Alness Baptist Church. One of the texts confirming the call has been a great source of encouragement and renewal: "I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for" Jeremiah 29:11 GNB
Jan van Engelen
I was born into a happy Christian family in Holland in 1954. That there was a God was never in doubt but especially during my teenage years I did not really enjoy church. I went to church to keep the family harmony. Mainly because of the low price and my love for sailing I joined a “Youth for Christ” camp in 1973. There I was confronted with the challenge of making Jesus Christ Saviour and Lord of my life. Saviour was no problem but Lord … that made me struggle for some time. Would Jesus request of me to do strange and difficult things? After sometime realising that organising my own life was not really a good option I committed my life to Him. It was a good decision that filled me with great joy. After I finished my studies I joined Operation Mobilisation and served for 4 years in Iran until the Islamic government asked me to leave. After some time God opened the way to go to Afghanistan. It was there that I met Isabel, my Scottish wife, and not to long after we were married we had to leave Afghanistan. We came to Scotland expecting to return to some kind of foreign mission work in due course. Until now we have felt happy and right to be here in Scotland. In the last while it has been pressed upon me the importance of a close walk with the Lord. This is not a mind boggling new idea, but one so easily neglected in the nitty gritty of busy daily life.
As a late starter, I only accepted Christ as my Saviour in my mid thirties, six months after my wife Pauline became a Christian. I have been blessed with a tremendous time of catching up on the "lost years". I always believed in God but never heard - that does not mean it wasn't preached - of the need to have a personal relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. When I accepted Jesus, as my Lord and Saviour, it was like a huge weight being lifted from my shoulders. The Christian life is a challenging life, God puts you into places and situations, which on our own we would avoid. Words cannot express what I feel about what God has done for me, in putting His Son on Calvary's cross.
Angus MacLeod, Mike Stainke, David Brown and Andrew Campbell
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