We are a member church of this Association

The Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland

Baptist Association if Ireland

The Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland is a group of 119 autonomous churches which have voluntarily agreed to work together.

These churches have well over 8,500 members and represent a Baptist community of about 20,000 people. Because every church is autonomous, the churches are self-governing. Therefore the Association only acts on behalf of the churches for the work which the churches have agreed to do together. Churches enter the Association by application followed by a vote of the Churches’ Council and may withdraw at any time they wish if they choose to do so.

Administration of the Association and its College is located close to Moira at the Baptist Centre.

The Association holds its Annual Assembly in May. The Churches’ Council meets during that week and in November, to receive reports and conduct common business. Routine matters are handled by an Executive Committee elected by the churches at the May Churches’ Council meeting.

The Missions Department, known as Baptist Missions, maintains staff in Ireland, Peru, and Europe.

Its Youth Department has a varied programme of activities for children and young people and provides training and resources for those involved. The Amazing Journey is an amazing ministry of Baptist Youth

Baptist Women is a vibrant ministry to women in our churches and community.

There is a Welfare Department which handles practical and financial assistance for orphans and retired workers.

The Education Department embraces the Irish Baptist College which facilitates the training of men and women for Christian ministry at home and overseas and Irish Baptist Historical Society which promotes research and investigation into Baptist life and witness in Ireland and beyond.

Association Links

MBC Members serving

We have two members from our church who serve in the Association.
Joanne Dunstan of Baptist Missions
Joanne Dunstan

Joanne serves as Personal Assistant to the Missions Director. As well as handling all the day to day administration Joanne has responsibility for organising Deputation/Furlough for all our missionaries, monitoring the Director’s Diary, providing the Mission’s pages to the bi-monthly “ABCInsight” magazine, producing a monthly financial statement, updating the Mission’s website, organising the annual Workers’ Retreat in Ireland and generally assisting the Director in various ways. One key aspect of Joanne’s role is sending out our weekly Prayer News which enables people all over the world to pray for our missionaries.

Agnes Borland
Agnes Borland

Agnes is Editorial Assistant of the Association magazine ABCInsight. Published 6 times a year ABCInsight is the magazine of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland.  The publication contains news from around the churches, reports of the work of the Association Departments and articles on a wide range of biblical and spiritual matters.

Retired from Service

For 12 years – until retirement in May 2018 –  Valerie Hamilton served as Registrar in The Irish Baptist College.

Contact / Service times

Contact info

Moira Baptist Church
Henry Court
BT67 0NS
Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 28 9261 3184

Service Times

11:00 am and 6.30 pm

Events / Calendar