Today our guest is Bob Akroyd, Chairman of the Free Church of Scotland Mission Board and a Systematic Theology lecturer at Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS).
Bob grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and studied American History at the University of Virginia (founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819). Following two years of teaching English in Japan, he came to the University of Edinburgh to study Scottish History in 1990. Attending Buccleuch Free Church in Edinburgh and listening to tapes of the late Douglas MacMillan, Bob was converted in 1993. In 1996, he completed his PhD on “Lord Rosebery and Scottish Nationalism (1868 – 1896).” He continued his studies at the Free Church College from 1996 - 1999.
In August 1999, Bob was ordained and inducted as Assistant Minister at Buccleuch Free Church in Edinburgh where he served with his friend and senior Minister Alex MacDonald for more than 13 years. Bob has also served as a Prison Chaplain at Saughton Prison, an honorary Chaplain at Edinburgh University and a volunteer at Bethany Christian Trust.
In 2012, Bob was appointed to the Chair of Systematic Theology at the Free Church College. In 2013, Bob completed an MTh at New College, Edinburgh on “Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (1851 – 1921) & the Essence of Christianity.” At ETS, Bob is the course organiser for Systematic Theology, Practical Theology and the Access to Theology Course.
Bob is married to Heather and they live in Edinburgh.
Topics: Mission, D.L. Moody, Confidence in Jesus, Elements of Good Preaching, Recruitment, Scottish Observations, Evangelists