The Northern Baptist Learning Community is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd. Dr. Tim Mountain to the position of tutor.
Tim is currently Senior Minister of Grantham Baptist Church, Lincolnshire where he has served for nearly sixteen years. Previously he was pastor of a church in Westerham, Kent. Before training for ministry at Spurgeon’s College he was a secondary school teacher. He holds biology and theology degrees, including a PhD in ecology, and is just completing an MTh in Applied Theology. Tim says, “I am delighted to be able to serve NBLC in this new role. I’m looking forward to working alongside the other members of staff team.”
According to Dianne Tidball, governor of NBLC and Regional Minister Team Leader in the East Midlands, “Tim has been a good local minister, serving his church and enabling it to be an outward looking community centred on Christ. He has served the Association well particularly on our Ministry Development Group. He will be missed but we wish him God’s richest blessing in his new role.”
This is NBLC’s third recent staff appointment. Clare McBeath and Glen Marshall were called to be co-principals just three weeks ago. Both said how delighted they were that Tim will be joining the new staff team adding, “Tim combines a wealth of experience with an engaging style of teaching.”
Dr. Mountain will begin his new ministry in August. As well as teaching at Luther King House in Manchester he will also act as NBLC’s main link with the churches and associations of Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
The governors of the Northern Baptist Learning Community are pleased to announce that the Revd. Glen Marshall and the Revd. Dr. Clare McBeath are to be appointed as Co-Principals.
Clare McBeath is minister of Openshaw Baptist Tabernacle, East Manchester and a Team Leader with Urban Expression. While much of Clare’s ministry has been enabled by Home Mission, she has also worked bi-vocationally for over six years as a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust. For the last four years Clare has served on both the BUGB Trustee Board and Council as well on the Council and Peace Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. Clare is passionate about justice and equality and is a regular writer for Roots for Worship Magazine, Church Action on Poverty and Christian Aid. She is co-author of Crumbs of Hope: Prayers from the City and of the worship resource www.dancingscarecrow.org.uk. Clare has a PhD in contextual theologies and research interests in urban theology, eco-feminism and liturgy.
Glen has been a tutor with NBLC for the past nine years, teaching courses on mission and preaching at Luther King House, the community’s home-base in Manchester. Previously he pastored churches in Wakefield, Ward Green and Altrincham. He is a former Co-Chair of Mainstream (now known as Fresh Streams) and currently chairs the North West steering group for the church-planting agency, Urban Expression. Glen is a member of the BMS World Mission council of reference and is in demand as a preacher and conference speaker. He has theology degrees from The London School of Theology, The University of Manchester and Spurgeon’s College. Glen blogs sporadically at http://nah-then.blogspot.co.uk/.
The Revd. David Warrington, chair of governors at NBLC said, “I am absolutely delighted with the appointment of Glen Marshall and Clare McBeath. Glen comes with a wealth of experience as an evangelical leader in Mainstream and the wider Church; Clare brings a creative outlook and experience of working with Urban Expression in an emerging church network. Together they offer truly exciting possibilities and visions as we seek to serve the learning needs of the wider Church in a rapidly changing world.” The new Co-Principals will succeed The Revd. Dr. Richard Kidd who retired in October and the Revd. Dr. Anne Philips who retires this coming August. Dr. Phillips declared herself, “Delighted with this very creative appointment “ and said that all concerned could be, “confident that NBLC will move forward with new vision.” The appointment underlines NBLC’s commitment to collaborative leadership and innovation and is an indicator of the importance that the community places on mission as it prepares women and men for a range of ministries across the church.
……….Northern Baptist Learning Community working in partnership with the Baptist Union of Great Britain East Midland, Heart of England, Northern, North West and Yorkshire Baptist Associations Luther King House Educational Trust Southern North West Training Partnership Registered Company No 573403 : Registered Charity No 1108216 Northern Baptist Learning Community (NBLC) was formerly known as Northern Baptist College.