SSCM appoints new team members
2017 will see some changes to the team at the Scottish School of Christian Mission.
Graeme McMeekin, Vice-Principal, is leaving in March to take up the newly-created post of Head of Church Development at Tearfund Scotland. Graeme has made a significant contribution to our work over the last 13 years, both in our new form as SSCM and previously as ICC. It goes without saying that we are sad to see Graeme go, but we are also pleased for him and the opportunities that this new role brings.
Graeme said, “I am passionate about community development as part of the work of the local church. In moving to Tearfund, I believe that God wants to use me to help inspire Christians in their mission both at home and abroad”.
We are pleased that Graeme will stay involved with us as a visiting lecturer. He added, “The work of SSCM is invaluable as they continue to train men and women for mission in an ever-changing and complex world”.
Graeme’s departure means we will be appointing a successor, although there will be some alterations to the job reflecting other changes to our staffing structure. We are now recruiting for the position of Vice-Principal.
Pam Mellstrom, Youth and Community Work Programme Manager, is taking over Graeme’s responsibilities as Course Coordinator for the BA(Hons) in Theology (Youth and Community). Pam has a wealth of experience from 15 years spent with an innovative youth work project in Linlithgow, and we are delighted that she will now be part of the school’s leadership team.
Pam commented, “The ways in which we live, work, raise families and worship are being significantly redefined in the UK. SSCM trains qualified youth and community workers who not only understand this context but can respond to the needs and opportunities within our churches and communities”.
Finally, we are creating a new post to enhance our work. The Director of Development will work alongside Richard Tiplady, SSCM’s Principal, building training partnerships to attract new students and funding for the vital work done by the school. Further information will follow in due course.
A new year brings new things and the work of SSCM is no different. Whilst always grateful for what God as done and the people he has sent to do His work, we are excited about what God is doing. Do pray for us as we seek to equip students to share the Good News creatively, intelligently and in a range of challenging circumstances and communities.