We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Galloway as Director of the Free Church Track at Cranmer Hall. Ian was Lead Pastor of City Church, Newcastle for 33 years, during which period he oversaw significant church growth both in terms of size and missionary outreach. Ian holds an MA in Theology and Ministry from Durham University and brings experience of developing leaders across the North-East and beyond.
Ian will begin in the post of Director of the Free Church Track at the beginning of September (subject to the usual HR processes and checks), with a focus on delivering outstanding missional teaching and training for new and existing students, together with strengthening links with a range of churches across the North East. Ian will oversee the existing partnership between Cranmer Hall and the Northern Baptist Association and Northern Baptist College, which sees Baptist ministers train at Cranmer Hall.
The post will be part-funded by a substantial gift from the Vardy Foundation, which has supported the Free Church Track since its inception at Cranmer Hall in 2016.
The Revd Dr Philip Plyming, Warden of Cranmer Hall, said: ‘I am so thankful for Ian’s appointment to this strategic role within not only Cranmer Hall but also the church in the North-East. Over the last three years I have come to know and admire Ian as a pastor with a real heart for empowering and training leaders, and I am delighted that he is going to bring his experience as a missional leader to the training of women and men at Cranmer Hall. I am excited about the contribution that Ian will make to the reach that the Free Church Track across the North East and beyond, seeing God’s kingdom grow one life at a time.
The Revd Linda Donaldson, Minister of Portrack Baptist Church and Baptist Hub Tutor at Cranmer Hall, added, ‘This is an excellent appointment; Ian brings to the the post a wealth of experience of local church leadership in the North East. I look forward to seeing how the FCT will develop under his leadership and to working alongside him in the training, development and empowering of women and men who are, and who will be, the missional leaders and pioneers, proclaiming God’s prodigal love into the heart of the 21st century.
Commenting on his appointment, Ian Galloway said: ‘I am honoured and delighted to be taking up this new role to serve churches and develop leaders in the North East and beyond. This is a challenging time for all of us, and fruitful, faith-filled leadership is what we need. I love training and equipping people, and very much hope that my long experience of leading and pastoring in the North will now bring benefit to many more. Cranmer is an extraordinary place, and I feel very moved to be working alongside such gifted people, and in a place with such a long and distinguished history of empowering people in Christ-centred theology, leadership and mission.’