About Us

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Our Vision

Our vision can be summed up in one simple statement – our desire is to be disciples, and to help others become disciples of Jesus.


Our Pastor, John Craib, leads our Ministry Team.

We have eight deacons on our Leadership Team –  Kirsty Buchan, Peter Candlish, Alex Carduff (Church Secretary), Allison Ferguson, Louise Hastie (Treasurer), Don McKie, Lorna McLean and Rhona Stevens.

The day-to-day running of the church is overseen by our Administrator, Joe McCrum.



Pastor: John Craib

I have been the pastor at Bearsden Baptist Church since 1997.  I was born in Aberdeen in 1958, grew up in Kilmacolm, went to school in Paisley and attended university in Aberdeen.  It was during my time as a student that, out of curiosity, I bought a Good News Bible and began to read.   When I reached the book of Daniel I finally abandoned my teenage atheism for a faith in Jesus, though I was not baptised as a believer until 1989.  For 14 years I trained and worked as a Chartered Accountant in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Liverpool and Glasgow.

After two years back in Glasgow and having attended a Baptist church since the return from England, I started to explore Baptist ministry and trained at the Scottish Baptist College in Glasgow for four years before being called to Bearsden Baptist Church.  I am married to Carina and have five grown up children and four gorgeous granddaughters


  • We believe in the existence of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit – one God in three persons.
  • We believe that out of his love for us, God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ to earth.
  • We believe in His virgin birth, perfect life, His death and bodily resurrection, whereby he paid for the sins of humanity.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour of the world, that He will return to the Earth, and that through belief in Him, all can inherit eternal life.
  • We believe in the in-dwelling power of the Holy Spirit, who strengthens and enables us to live out the Christian faith, and who reveals God’s will to us.

What is a Baptist?

Baptists are Christian believers with certain distinctive beliefs:

  • We believe in the centrality of Jesus Christ in our lives, and that through Him, we can draw near to the Father and receive from Him the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that its teaching is central to the Christian life.
  • We believe that all Christians are equal, and we strongly support the the right to religious belief free from interference or oppression by states and governments .
  • The most distinctive feature of a Baptist church is our practice of baptising believers by fully immersing them in water, as the early Christian church did.
  • We believe that the act of baptism symbolises a person’s death to their previous lifestyle and their rising up to newness of life. Thus baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the outward sign of a believer’s faith.