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Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland


Charity no. 109525 Date registered. 19/07/2023

Public benefits

The direct benefits which flow from the purpose include: - Eternal salvation and adoption into the family of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ. - The spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, bringing reconciliation both between human beings and God and between human beings. - The gaining of an understanding in Christian beliefs as set out in the

Bible and the Doctrinal Statement of the ABCI leading to spiritual and moral development and personal growth in the Christian Faith. - The provision of Christian education, helping people to understand, live out, defend and promote the Christian gospel of Jesus Christ. - Practical expressions of Christian beliefs and standards in the local community such as through the care of those in need, assistance and comfort to the sick, elderly and bereaved. - The development of individual ability and gift through the engagement of willing volunteers in practical and spiritual service. - The positive impact on society that comes from the living out of a Christian worldview. The benefits are demonstrated through regular evaluation of the services and informal and ad-hoc feedback from the leadership and members of member churches, their families, and members of the public. The Trustees do not anticipate that any harm will flow from any of the above purposes. The beneficiaries are the leaders, members and adherent of member churches; other individuals who come in contact with the services of ABCI through direct or indirect engagement; communities throughout Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and worldwide which benefit from our engagement with and support for both Christian and other secular organisations. A private benefit flowing from our purpose is related to staff who receive remuneration as a result of their holding office or employment. A private benefit to trustees may arise due to their facilitation of conferences, courses and other educational activities. However, these are incidental and necessary in order to further the charitable purpose. There are no other private benefits.

What your organisation does

The Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland (ABCI) exists to support and promote the work of Baptist Churches in Ireland. It provides a vehicle and forum for the churches to work together in gospel partnership (evangelism, training, conference) and to enable them to fulfil the call to further spiritual unity. ABCI maintains a Mission

department engaged in Proclaiming Christ and Planting Churches across Ireland, France, Peru and Spain. The Irish Baptist College provides training for Christian service through a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and entry level courses. Baptist Women organise training, resources and events for the women of the churches. Baptist Youth provides training, resources and events to support and encourage Children, Young People and Students. ABCI also provides various administrative functions and ministry funds to serve member churches.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of religion

Who the charity helps

  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • General public
  • Voluntary and community sector

How the charity works

  • Education/training
  • Religious activities
  • Religious activities
  • Religious activities

Charitable purposes

The objects of the Association are: 3.1 The evangelisation of others in obedience to the Lord's Commission and the establishment, fostering and maintenance of Churches of the Baptist faith and order in Ireland and overseas. 3.2 The promotion of fellowship among the churches of the Association. 3.3 The provision of opportunities for conference, for joint action on questions affecting the welfare of the churches, and for the co-operation of the churches in the advancement of Baptist principles. 3.4 The promotion of measures for educating and training for Christian service. 3.5 The maintaining of spiritual unity through the fostering of fellowship with all; i. who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity; ii. who adhere to the Doctrine of Scripture expressed in the Doctrinal Statement (s.2.1); and, iii. are faithful to the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. 3.6 Such other objects as the Association shall from time to time determine.

Governing document


Other name

  • 17 Trustees
  • 0 Employees
  • 0 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mr David Ramsey, The Baptist Centre, 19 Hillsborough Road, Moira, BT67 0HG

Trustee board

Pastor Ian Grant
Pastor Mark Patterson
Pastor Harry Dowds
Mr Andrew Browne
Mr David Ball
Mr Alan Sloan
Mr Gavin Woods
Mr Jonathan Mccluskey
Dr Michael Thompson
Mr David Larmour
Mr David Canning
Pastor Oliver Roebuck
Pastor Andrew Curry
Pastor Steven Curry
Paul Savage
Peter Lawther
Edwin Ewart

Areas of operation

List of regions

  • In Ireland
  • In Northern Ireland
  • Internationally
  • France
  • Peru
  • Republic Of Ireland
  • Spain