BAPTIST CHURCH IN EYEMOUTH
the years, three Baptist churches have met in Eyemouth.
MacLean pastored the first congregation from 1807-36. After a
interval, the Baptist church was renewed in 1842 and continued until
1879. Dr. William Landels
(1823-99), one of Eyemouth’s greatest sons,
was a Baptist minister. Born and reared in the town, he went on to
pastor several churches – his first in Fife, his last in Edinburgh.
While a minister in London (1855-83), he preached each week to one of
the largest congregations in Britain.
1964, the Rev. Kenneth Bender
arrived in the Borders as part of an
evangelical initiative organized by Dr.
James Stewart, a well-known
Scottish evangelist. One of the results of this initiative was
the founding of the Eyemouth Free Baptist Church. Its first
official services were held in October 1969. The Rev. Bender
served as pastor of the church through its early years until 1978.
From 1978-82 the Rev.
Wilbert Dunn served as pastor during which time a formal church
constitution was drawn up and implemented. Under his ministry,
the congregation outgrew its original building and met for services in
the Eyemouth Community Centre until a new building could be constructed.
the Rev. Dunn moved to a post in Northern Ireland, there was a period
of vacancy until the Rev. Jack
Anderson came in 1985. He served from
1985-88 and, under his leadership, the present church building was
erected. The building was completed in 1987 due, in no small part, to
God’s gracious provision. The original church building was relocated at
the back of the grounds and is now used as a hall for various church
and community functions.
Anderson's move to
another church, there was a second period of vacancy until the Rev.
Alex Ritchie was inducted as pastor in 1991.
several years of faithful service the Rev. Ritchie retired in 2000, and
the current minister was inducted as pastor of the church. Rev.
has the unique distinction of also being the son of
the church’s founding minister.
Over the years God has
this ministry to challenge many individuals to a life of service as
Christian youth workers, church workers, or missionaries both
throughout the British Isles and around the world. We give
testimony to the Lord for His faithfulness down through the years and
for His continued hand of blessing.
by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of
hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)