The members and friends of Airdrie Baptist Church would like to recognise the astonishing work and commitment of their Church Treasurer, Mr Ian Bremner, who has served faithfully in this position for 50 years this year.
Ian moved from Wick to Airdrie, as a young man, in 1956, to be Company Secretary at Robert Craig & Sons Papermakers. The following year he married his wife, Kathleen, and they set up home in Airdrie and began to attend Airdrie Baptist Church.
After becoming a member of the church in 1959, his leadership qualities and obvious skill in the world of finance led to him becoming a Deacon with the responsibility of being Church Treasurer, in February 1964. When the paper mills closed in 1970, Ian was offered a new job in Yorkshire but he and Kathleen did not want to move their family as they were so happy in the church. He took up the post of Assistant Chief Accountant at Clydesdale Bank instead, and worked there until his retirement in 1992.
Ian’s talents have not only been utilised in the local church but also in the wider organisation of the Baptist Union of Scotland, where he served as Honorary Treasurer for 25 years. In addition, he was Honorary Treasurer of Billy Graham Mission, Scotland, for two years.
Ian carries out his work with absolute humility, integrity and commitment and talks of it as being a ‘privilege to do God’s work’. He is a true example to others and has earned the respect of every generation in the church family throughout the last 50 years. It is often said that ‘you can count on someone who can count’ and the long service of Ian Bremner is testament to that. He is one of a kind and is truly treasured by all who know him.