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WASHINGTON (BWA) The head of BMS World Mission, the British Baptist mission agency, has been selected to be the 10th president of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Alistair Brown, general director of BMS World Mission since 1996, was elected as the next president of NBTS by its board of trustees while Brown attended executive committee meetings of the Baptist World Alliance in Honolulu in early March.

A former journalist and ordained pastor, Brown was born near Edinburgh, Scotland. He first worked as a church planter in Livingston, and served for more than 10 years as senior pastor at a church in Aberdeen, Scotland.

“Walking by faith never ends, so exploring this role is part of my faith journey,” Brown said, according to a release from NBTS. “Christ is more real and more precious now than ever before, and my determination to know and do his will controls all my decisions.”

In announcing his appointment as seminary president to BMS staff in Didcot, Oxfordshire, England, Brown stated: “It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to work for BMS. But nothing in this world is forever and I believe God has called me to something new, and for that reason, and only that reason, I’m willing to leave.”

The author of several publications, including Near Christianity and I Believe in Mission, is expected to take up his new position at the beginning of the next school year.

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