Council of Reference

Council of Reference

EBC’s Council of Reference is a group of highly respected Christian leaders, who support the aims and ethos of the College and who the College’s Board of Directors consult from time to time to help them keep informed about and aware of the wider Christian scene.

Joshua Truesdale (N Ireland)

Graduated with a Diploma in Applied Theology in 2019 I grew up in the countryside of County Down, Northern Ireland, in a family who knew and loved God. With a combination of their faithfulness, children’s meetings and other services, and the grace of God, I came to a saving faith in Christ as a child. As I came across EBC and saw what they stood for and practised in study, everything just seemed to click for me. The key was…

Adam Urban (Poland)

Graduated with a Diploma in Theology in June 2016 Adam lives in eastern Poland and serves as an assistant pastor in Evangelical Christian Church in Siedlce and a co-church planter of Evangelical Christian Church in Łuków. 

Joe Monagas (USA)

Graduated from EBC’s School for Preachers in June 2015 Joe serves as an Elder at Tottenville Evangelical Free Church in Staten Island New York. He lives with his wife Gloria and their children in Old Bridge New Jersey   U. S. A

John Verdi (USA)

Graduated from EBC’s School for Preachers in June 2015 I am a pastor at Sonship Ministries, a church  in Brooklyn, New York. I cannot begin to tell you how EBC has changed the way I preach and teach.  Before taking this on-line course, I would use commentaries to put together my sermons. I believe God still used that simple method because I was faithful to His Word.  However, after learning how to apply the science of interpretation (hermeneutics) and homiletics…

Pamela Stewart (England)

Graduated with a Diploma in Biblical Exposition, July 2013 Serves as an Evangelist/Bible teacher and author, based in the north of England.

Paul McManus (N Ireland)

Graduated with a Diploma in Biblical Exposition in June 2016 The EBC course allowed me to study at my own pace and at a distance. This was important as I live in Northern Ireland and because of my more mature years. I had previously gained a Diploma in Expository Preaching under John Brand’s teaching and knew that he had great abilities as a tutor, but also that he stood firm in the final authority of Scripture. The lectures were informative, interesting…

Gordon McBirnie (Scotland)

Graduated with a Diploma in Biblical Exposition in June 2016. I am the Mission Development Worker at Craiglockhart Parish Church in Edinburgh.  I did most of my course by distance learning, doing the work at my own pace, which I really appreciated. I feel I have a greater understanding of the Bible and theology and I am sure my own teaching here at church has improved because of it. The last module I did was Homiletics and I was able…

Pastor Joe Brown

Dip Th Joe graduated from EBC in 2017 and currently serves as Pastor of Larne Congregational Church in Northern Ireland

Naomi Entwistle (Scotland)

Graduated with a Diploma in Theology in 2017 I live in Edinburgh with my husband and two daughters.  I took a year out of my training as a junior doctor to do a Diploma in Theology at EBC, initially “in person”, and then finishing online. I really appreciated the flexibility of EBC’s approach to learning.  Since graduating I have been pursuing my dual calling to both medicine and church ministry. I am part of the leadership team at Community Church Edinburgh,…

Gavin Dickson (Scotland)

Graduated with a Diploma in Theology in 2015 and a Licentiate in Theology in 2020. I was sent to Bible College by SASRA (Soldiers’ Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association),  which is an evangelistic ministry working behind the wire with the army. My role as Garrison’s Scripture Reader in Catterick, N England, sees me entering 9 camps and working with 14 units ranging from army bands, RMPs and infantry battalions.   What I do on a daily basis is enter the camps…

Rachel Strawbridge (Scotland)

Graduated with a Diploma in Theology in June 2015 I’m Rachel, I’m from the blustery Shetland Islands, and when I started at EBC I had just turned 19. I had hoped to be at University studying nursing but God had a different plan. I had always wanted to study the Bible in some capacity, whether it be a discipleship course or something similar, but when a friend told me about this newly established Edinburgh Bible College I was intrigued. After…

Jamie Gallacher

Graduated with a Diploma in Expository Preaching (Hons) in 2017 and a Licentiate in Theology in 2020 As of the last update I am now back in Scotland, having spent 2 years in London as a Pastor in training, facilitated by my Diploma in Expository Preaching (Hons) from EBC. On returning to Scotland I enrolled in a BA Theology through Highland Theological College(HTC), which I am completing via VC(Video Conferencing) from home in the central belt. I am currently in…

Gillian Glancy

Graduated with a Licentiate in Theology in 2020. From childhood I attended church but I didn’t come to saving faith until I was about 40 years old. These days my service to God involves autism families, like my own. The God who comforted me brought others to me who needed comfort (2 Corinthians 1:4). God was working in and through me, for His glory. I am seeking to serve God so that I can be for the praise of His…

Mr Nigel Kenny

LLB, DipLP Nigel is Scotland Officer for The Christian Institute and prior to that practised law for twenty years. He is married to Anne and they have two children. Nigel came to faith in Christ shortly before leaving school and as a student benefited greatly from the preaching of Eric Alexander at the Tron Church in Glasgow. This gave him a lifelong appreciation of expository preaching and he obtained a Certificate in Oral Bible Exposition from Cornhill Scotland in 2010.…

Mr Mark Forshaw

MA, BSc Hons. MRAS Now living in Pennsylvania USA, Mark is originally from Liverpool, England and for most of his career has worked globally in Christian mission and community non-profits in four continents. This includes service with United Bible Societies, Africa Inland Mission, the World Health Organization and Tearfund UK. He has published on the subject of Christian responses to community health and social challenges and has spoken on these issues at the WHO, the White House and at a…

Pastor John Brand

DipTh (Hons) Principal john.brand@edinburghbiblecollege.co.uk John was born to missionary parents in India and trusted Christ for salvation while at boarding school there at the age of 11.  He later trained at the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow, and then, for 12 years, pastored two Independent Evangelical churches, one in the inner city of London and then one in Liverpool, during some of which time he also served on the UK Council of Africa Inland Mission International (AIM). In 1993 he…

Rev David Andrew

BD (Hons), Cert. TESOL David Andrew is the Editor of Sword, an evangelical magazine which seeks to ‘restore the confidence of God’s people in the Word of God and the God of the Word’. He maintains that “…if God has put it on His page, we need to do something with it. There is no redundant Scripture. Only a whole Bible provides the whole truth.” A decade in editorial journalism with multinational engineering companies gradually fused with Christian ministry as…

Mrs Lynn Cooke

BA (Hons), PGCE, MDiv Lynn is from Northern Ireland, where she came to Christ as a young child in Sunday School. She studied English and Spanish at Queens University Belfast and then completed a P.G.C.E. before teaching primary school in the inner city. Having always had a love of language and a growing desire to study theology, she had the opportunity in 1993 to go to Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, where she graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1996.…
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