|The Strachan Family in Scotland||
Pastor Dr. Bob Strachan Ph.D Th.D has worked with Jedburgh Baptist Church since 2000 taking on the role as Youth & Music Director, in 2004 he was elected Associate Pastor and in 2005 took the Senior Pastor post.
Bob was born in Aberdeen and was saved at an early age through a Brethren church. Just before his 9th birthday, his father died and he and his mother travelled to New Zealand and then a year later to Canada which gave Bob some understanding of other cultures.
Upon their return to Scotland, they moved to the Stirling area where Bob finished high school and then went to University of Sunderland to study Sports Science and Psychology (He no longer uses psychology but Biblical Counselling)
During this time Bob met an baptist missionary from America through playing American Football and began attending the church. He was baptised in 1997. Also in 1997 Bob and Naomi met at a Christian camp.
Bob began stopping in at Jedburgh Baptist Church on his way to and from University which then turned into every other weekend. Bob and Naomi have been married since Apr 2000 and now have two children. Bob and Naomi settled in Jedburgh and began their ministry as youth leaders which led on to Bob becoming associate pastor and then in 2005, he was voted in as pastor.
Bob joined the Lothian and Borders Police force and enjoyed his time there being able also to be an unofficial chaplain to other officers, however, Bob left the police force in 2009 to take up full time ministry. Bob also serves with the RAF VR(T) and is the officer commanding 1716 (Roxburgh) Sqn Air Training Corps.
Bob now holds two doctorate degrees from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Michigan (there is no connection to Liberty University in Virginia).
Mrs Naomi Strachan
Naomi came to the UK when she was 6 months old with her missionary parents Jim and Carolyn Mathis. They spent 8 1/2 years in the Liverpool area before moving to Jedburgh, Scotland. During the time several churches were started and national pastors trained.
Naomi came to know Jesus as her personal saviour around the age of 5 in Liverpool and because of that sees the importance of giving children the gospel and helping them understand it.
Naomi is the organist for the church as well as the major role of pastor's wife. She has to balance her time between ministry, home and teaching school.
Naomi also assists in the counselling ministry and is very experienced in this field. She is a very valuable part of the ministry. The internet ministry could not go on without Naomi as she handles all the live broadcasts, radio linkup and arranges the youtube play lists. She also looks after the family and church facebook pages.