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THE BAPTIST CHURCH IN EYEMOUTH

Over the years, three Baptist churches have met in Eyemouth.

George MacLean pastored the first congregation from 1807-36. After a brief 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.

In 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.

After 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.

Following Rev. Anderson's move to another church, there was a second period of vacancy until the Rev. Alex Ritchie was inducted as pastor in 1991.

After several years of faithful service the Rev. Ritchie retired in 2000, and the current minister was inducted as pastor of the church. Rev. Stephen Bender has the unique distinction of also being the son of the church’s founding minister.

Over the years God has used 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.

"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”  (Zechariah 4:6)
Eyemouth Baptist Church is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No SC007404