Alistair Brown

Dr. Alistair Brown is an ordained Baptist pastor from the UK who has served as President of Northern Seminary since 2008.

His early career was in journalism with ‘The Scotsman,’ but he committed his life to Christ at age eighteen and soon felt called to a life of Christian service.

Originally from Edinburgh, Dr. Alistair Brown studied at the University of Edinburgh and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with merit and a Bachelor of Divinity degree with Honors. He went on to earn a PhD with a disertation examining metaphors of baptism in the Pauline literature. Dr. Brown also earned an MBA from The Open University.

He was ordained in 1981 and pastored two churches in Scotland. One was a new church plant and the other a 100-year-old city center church. Both saw extensive growth during those years. In 1996, Dr. Brown was appointed General Director of the Baptist Missionary Society, founded in 1792 by William Carey, and he moved to its headquarters in Oxfordshire, England. These were fruitful years, with major reorganizations and travel overseas which took his number of countries visited to over forty.

Moving to the Presidency of Northern Seminary has been a change of role and change of country. It has proved to be a strategic time for his leadership gifts, and the seminary has experienced new life and growth.

Alistair is married to Alison, and they have four adult children and two grandchildren.

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Alistair Brown


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