The Council of the Baptist Union of Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of the 3rd Convenor of the Baptist Union of Scotland, Rev Frances Bloomfield. Frances will be commissioned to the post at our annual Assembly on Friday 28 October 2016.
Frances Bloomfield came to faith in 1974 and was baptised in Charlotte Baptist Chapel, Edinburgh. Frances has served in leadership roles in several churches and today is a member of Cathcart Baptist Church, where she is part of the ministry team and the Church Secretary. Frances is a non-practicing member of The Law Society of Scotland having practised law for 31 years, including the provision of legal services to charitable organisations. She is an accredited Baptist minister, having graduated with a BD (Hons) from the Scottish Baptist College and thereafter receiving BUS Accreditation in October 2015. Frances has recently worked for the Church of Scotland in a Ministries Development Staff role and served our own Union as the Lanarkshire Baptist Ministers’ Fellowship Secretary.
As Convenor of our Union, Frances will chair our National Team, Trustees, Council and Assembly. She will take on representative roles within the wider Baptist family and among other church groupings in Scotland. Using her experience from the legal profession she will guide us through a period of development in our understanding of charitable status and the growing compliance issues faced by churches.
As a Council, we discerned that Frances was a competent, careful and compassionate person, who loves the Lord and our family of churches deeply. We believe that her blend of pastoral gifting and legal insight will serve us well as a Union at this time. We are convinced of the Lord’s hand and timing in this appointment and look forward to her service among us.
Yours in His service
Alan Donaldson (General Director) on behalf of the Council of the Baptist Union of Scotland