Irish Baptist College

Irish Baptist College

The Irish Baptist College is the official Training Department of the Association of Baptist Churches

The Irish Baptist College is the training department of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland. IBC exists primarily to serve the needs of our own churches and missions department. We also welcome students from a wide variety of Christian backgrounds and we provide courses for those who wish to concentrate on Pastoral, Missions, Youth, Children’s or Women’s ministry.

Operating as usual


We're really looking forward to Ryan Robertson's lectures in January and we hope you'll join us! There's more information on our website but you can buy your ticket here: eventbrite/hughdbrownlectures

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 27/11/2023

Raising church leaders ⛪️

During the IBC report at churches council on Saturday Davy Ellison, our training director, reminded churches of their responsibility to raise godly pastors / leaders for the future.

The path to being a pastor isn’t a short one, but the college is delighted to help be a part of that process by offering theological training that is academically rigorous and vocationally focused 📖

Who in your church might consider studying with us in the future?

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 23/11/2023


Interested in getting a feel for life at the Irish Baptist College? You don’t want to miss the open day next Thursday 👨🏽‍🏫 It will be a great opportunity to find out more about what the future might look like for you.

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 14/11/2023

“How does God bring life to the valley of dry bones? By means of a faithful servant preaching the word of God in the power of the Spirit of God!

It was a joy to have Pastor Steve Auld from come to share in the 2nd year evangelism class today on the topic of church revitalisation ⛪️

All Things New - Andrew McAuley 14/11/2023

Have you checked out Episode 4 of All Things New yet? We get to hear from Andrew McAuley, the Baptist Youth director, about his background, growth as a Christian, and love for good books. Check it out!

All Things New - Andrew McAuley This week we are meeting the new Baptist Youth Director, Andrew McAuley. Andrew recently took up this role in July 2023 and will be accompanying his work wit...

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 14/11/2023

Want to get a taster of life at IBC? Then don’t miss the opportunity to come along to our open day at the end of the month (30 Nov) - click the link in our story to find out more information from the website

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 13/11/2023

Did you know that there are a variety of ways in which you can learn more about God’s word through the Irish Baptist College 🏫

Find out more about our undergraduate, postgraduate and Christian Education Courses by visiting our website 💻

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 07/11/2023

Great to hear from a number of different students today report back on their evangelism teams! It was a joy for our students to partner with difference churches and gain some more on the ground experience ⛪️

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 28/10/2023

The undergraduate students being away on evangelism teams this week doesn’t mean that the IBC classrooms have been empty 👨🏼‍🏫

Great to have the masters students in this week for a variety of different classes. On Wednesday it was a joy to be joined by Dr Andrew Collins from He helped the students think about conversational ministry 🗣️📖

All Things New - Edwin Ewart 20/10/2023

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the latest episode of the Irish Baptist College podcast in the ‘All Things New’ series🎙️

Edwin talks about:
✅ His favourite thing about a new semester
✅ Changes in the college accrediting body
✅ What he’ll be doing in his first year of retirement

Click the link below to watch the full episode

All Things New - Edwin Ewart In this new season of the IBC podcast, we're thinking about the topic 'All Things New.' In episode 1 of this new season we talk with Edwin Ewart, the current...


Congratulations to current student Paddy and his wife Charlotte on the safe arrival of Micah last week. It looks like he is taking after his father already.

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 19/10/2023

It was great to have Pastor Freddie McClaughlin speaking to the students this week for our weekly Global & Ministry Perspectives class.

Freddie graduated from IBC and has pastored in multiple ABCI churches in the decades since.

How helpful it was to hear Freddie’s reflections on starting out in ministry 🙏🏼


Edwin, our current IBC principal and ABCI vice president, will take up the presidency after retiring from his post at IBC.

Find out more by watching the full episode of the latest IBC podcast at

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 16/10/2023

Really helpful reminder from our student devotions this morning as Nathan shared from the book of Habakkuk 📖

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 15/10/2023

Both David Luke and Lynette Simpson are sharing about the work of the College today. Please pray that God to speak to his people about praying for, giving to or becoming a student at the College.

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 12/10/2023

It was a blessing to be joined by from New Irish Arts yesterday as we thought about music and singing in the local church 🎸🎤 It was great to be joined by a number of our Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland pastors for each session aswell

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 11/10/2023

For our 3rd year undergraduates this semester, Wednesday morning at IBC starts with Biblical Theology 3 📖 This morning we’re thinking about the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 09/10/2023

Here is a selection of our favourite photos from the Commencement service!


Please pray for Edwin today who is on deputation today in Armagh Baptist!


Johnny would appreciate your prayers this weekend as he speaks at the Passage West Church Weekend, preaches on Sunday morning and then takes the Munster Bible College workshop on Sunday night!


Today Davy is in Whitehead preaching and sharing about the work of the College.

Lack of trainee pastors to replace those retiring is ‘elephant in the room’ 28/09/2023

October's Evangelicals Now highlights the church's desperate need for men to train for the pastorate now. Speak to us for help in sparking this desire in your congregation.

"Benton suggests that existing pastors should consider who from within their church could make a future pastor, explain the situation to the congregation, and get church members praying."

Lack of trainee pastors to replace those retiring is ‘elephant in the room’ The lack of trainee pastors to replace those who are retiring is an ‘elephant in the room’ which evangelicals are neglecting, a former en editor is warning. Writing on the London Seminary website, John Benton says: ‘The stark truth is that far fewer men are coming forward to train for ...

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 25/09/2023

“When we recognise our weakness, we are brought to a place where we are fully dependent on God” 🙏🏼

Great reminder from student chairman, Reuben Russell, at our student devotions this morning as he shared from Jeremiah 1 📖

Photos from Irish Baptist College's post 24/09/2023

College Deputation season has commenced again. This morning Lynette is in Craigavon and this evening Davy is in Antrim.

Please pray for them both.

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Videos (show all)

Joel graduated from IBC in 2016 and currently serves with Baptist Missions in Belturbet, Ireland. It is clear to see how...
Teaching new songs can always be a difficult task in our Sunday services 🎶 Listen as Jonathan Rea from @newirisharts sha...
🎙️Episode 5🎙️The last episode of our ‘All Things New’ series is now live 🙌🏻 Have a listen as Dr Luke shares about his re...
✨ IBC OPEN DAY ✨Have you thought about pursuing some theological training? The open day is a great opportunity to get a ...
📢 Episode 4 📢 Check out episode 4 of All Things New! We’re joined by the @baptist_youth director, Andrew McAuley. Andrew...
No doubt you’re often on the lookout for Christian books that are edifying for your walk with the Lord 📚 Have a listen t...
Meet Andrew 👋🏻 No doubt Andrew is a familiar face to you. He took up the role of Baptist Youth Director in July. Find ou...
🎉 N E W  E P I S O D E 🎉 In Episode 3 of All Things New we’re chatting to Debs McLaughlin. Debs recently took up a new p...
A little insight into what Dr Andrew Collins was sharing with the Master in Theology (MTh) students last week. Would you...
In the latest episode of the Irish Baptist College podcast, Let’s Talk, Johnny spoke a little about discipleship in the ...
Find out how you can be praying for Annabelle this incoming year 🙏🏼
This week looks a little bit different for the undergrad students. Each year all the student divide up into evangelism t...




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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 4:30pm
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