Following its meeting in Prague on 1 November 2013, the Board of Trustees of the International Baptist Theological Seminary (IBTS) announced its unanimous decision that the Rector of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre (IBTS Centre) in Amsterdam is to be the Rev Dr Stuart Blythe.
At present Dr Blythe is Interim Principal of the Scottish Baptist College, where he has been on the staff for the past eight years. He will take up his new post in the summer of 2014.
Stuart Blythe is the first head of the institution to be an IBTS graduate alumnus, obtaining his BD degree magna cum laude at Rüschlikon in 1989. Before that he had graduated MA from the University of Glasgow in modern and medieval history. He then had ministries in the Scottish Baptist Churches at Springburn and Kirkintilloch, latterly as Senior Pastor of a large suburban church. He completed an MTh degree through Spurgeon’s College in 2003, and followed this with a PhD in Homiletics from the University of Edinburgh in 2009.
His primary areas of teaching and research are in the areas of practical theology with a concern for Baptist and Anabaptist identity and the contribution which this particular perspective can bring to church ministry and mission. Over the years he has been involved in various ways with the Baptist Union of Scotland and has encouraged thinking and practice in line with what it means to live as a fully committed follower of Christ.
The Scottish Baptist College is based in the University of the West of Scotland and Stuart has continued to develop his learning through this University with a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and teaching in Higher Education.
Dr Blythe is committed to the idea of life-long learning and that education can be informative, formative, and transformative. He has several published articles in his specialist area of homiletics. Recently he has participated in the annual Doctoral Colloquium at IBTS Prague.