Rev Francis Babatunde

Rev Francis Babatunde

A Glasgow-based pastor from Nigeria has been appointed as the new racial justice officer for the Scottish churches.

Rev  Francis Babatunde Alao working until recently with Heart for the City, an outreach arm of the Scottish Episcopal Church based at Maryhill.

He is senior pastor of Glasgow International Christian Church, the worshipping community of Heart for the City, which meets at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Ordained in Nigeria in 1996, Francis has degrees in religious studies and social ethics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and in marketing and management from Glasgow Caledonian.

Since coming to Scotland, Mr Alao has been passionate about networking churches and Christian organisations, and is particularly keen on bridging the gap between the established and emerging churches in order to find new opportunities for engaging in God’s mission.

Francis is married to Becky, a gospel singer who recorded her first gospel album in 2009. They have three children.

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