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Our Team

Academic

Robert Murdock - Principal
Rev Dr Robert Murdock
Principal

Dr Robert Murdock is a former graduate of FMBC and worker with The Faith Mission. He studied and trained for pastoral ministry in Belfast and spent almost 20 years serving churches in the UK and Canada. He joined the college staff as Principal in August 2013.

robert.murdock@fmbiblecollege.org.uk

Dr David Reimer
Academic Dean

David has worked for many years in theological education in universities in Canada, England, and Scotland, including 20 years at the University of Edinburgh. He became Academic Dean of FMBC in 2018. He specializes in Old Testament and biblical studies, but enjoys being something of a ‘generalist’.

david.reimer@fmbiblecollege.org.uk | Research profile 

Dr Russell Newton
Lecturer

Russell joined the team at FMBC in 2018, after completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has a special interest in post-Reformation history and theology, but is passionate about all periods of church history — from Pentecost to the present day. Russell teaches courses in church history and theology at the college.

russell.newton@fmbiblecollege.org.uk | Research profile 

Grace McKeown
College Administrator

Grace studied at Queen’s University Belfast, before a career in Retail Management. She studied at the Faith Mission Bible College from 2014–16 and joined the staff in September 2016. As well as the administrative duties, Grace teaches Children & Youth Ministry and Christian Character & Biblical Relationships at the college.

grace.mckeown@fmbiblecollege.org.uk

Professional

Jill Megaw
House Manager

Originally from Co. Antrim NI, Jill studied at the Faith Mission Bible College from 2005–07. Together with Stewart she then spent 11 years in Canada, before moving back to Edinburgh in 2019 to join the staff at FMBC.

jill.megaw@fmbiblecollege.org.uk

Stewart Megaw
Property Manager

Originally from Co. Antrim NI, Stewart studied at the Faith Mission Bible College from 2005–07. Together with Jill he then spent 11 years in Canada, before moving back to Edinburgh in 2019 to join the staff at FMBC.

stewart.megaw@fmbiblecollege.org.uk

Catherine Briggs
Librarian

Catherine joined the team at FMBC in 2019. She studied chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and then worked as a research scientist. She went on to be a full-time mum for 16 years before becoming a childminder for 4 years. She is married to Andy and they have 4 children.

catherine.briggs@fmbiblecollege.org.uk

External Lecturers

Dr Marilyn Burton
Adjunct Lecturer

Marilyn received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2014, and has lectured at Warsaw and St Andrews. She is also an Online Tutor for Ridley College, Victoria, Australia. She has a particular interest in biblical languages, translation and exegesis. Marilyn teaches biblical studies at the College.

Dr Derek Newton
Adjunct Lecturer

Brought up in Oldham, Derek taught Geography, English and RE in secondary schools before gaining a MA and PhD in New Testament Studies from Sheffield University. Together with his wife Audrey, Derek then worked in Bible/Theological Teaching and Training under OMF International in Indonesia, the Philippines and Scotland. As well as teaching hermeneutics/homiletics at the college, he keeps a close eye on the English Premier League!

Dr Sydney Tooth
Adjunct Lecturer

Sydney is a Pauline scholar, specializing in eschatology and the Thessalonian correspondence. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and teaches New Testament at the college. On maternity leave, 2020-21.

Rev Matt Baines
Sessional Lecturer

Matt studied commerce (University of Sydney) and worked in chartered accounting for five years before completing his ministry training (Moore Theological College) and serving as an assistant pastor in Sydney for four years. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh. He is married to Larissa and they have two daughters. Matt teaches theology at the college.

James Clark
Sessional Lecturer

James has a background in Law (he did his LL.B. at the University of Aberdeen), and in this capacity has experience in providing legal advice to policy colleagues both in the UK and Scottish governments. He has also done postgraduate studies in Theology at St Andrews (M.Litt.). Along the way, he also participated in the Proclamation Trust’s preaching programme. James teaches ethics for the college.

Rev Peter Grainger
Sessional Lecturer

Peter and his wife Nita spent twenty years as a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, serving in India, Pakistan and Nigeria. On their return to the UK Peter served in pastoral ministry for 25 years, including Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh. Peter now directs “2 Timothy 4”, a Trust set up to strengthen Scottish preaching through teaching and workshops, and mentoring pastors. Peter firmly believes that “every preacher can become a better preacher” – and that includes himself!

Rev Andy Hunter
Sessional Lecturer

Andy is the Scotland & North of England Director for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC). Prior to that appointment in 2013, Andy worked for Greenview Church in Glasgow for nine years, having previously trained at Oak Hill College in London. Andy teaches pastoral care at the college.

Chao Ma
Sessional Lecturer

Chao is a PhD candidate in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. He gained his M.Div. from Bethel Seminary in San Diego, before doing an M.Th. in World Christianity in Edinburgh. Chao teaches missiology and ethics at the College.

Greg Parker
Sessional Lecturer

Greg is a PhD student in Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh, specializing in the relationship between dogmatics and ethics in the theology of Herman Bavinck. He is one of the translators and editors of two books by Bavinck: The Sacrifice of Praise (2019) and Guidebook for Instruction in the Christian Religion (2021). He is also a committee member of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics. Greg teaches theology at the college.

Rev Dr Alexander M Roger
Sessional Lecturer

Formerly Principal of the College, Sandy exercises a national and international Bible teaching ministry, with a special interest in evangelistic preaching. He teaches Prayer & Revival at the college.

Rev John Shearer
Sessional Lecturer

John is a native of central Scotland. His early Christian life was greatly helped by working with Operation Mobilisation. John is a former student and worker of the Faith Mission and former student at the Irish Baptist College in Belfast. He has pastored churches in Northern Ireland and Scotland and been involved in a pioneering work in the Republic of Ireland. In October 2011 he retired from pastoral ministry after twenty-four years in Musselburgh.