The Believer's Magazine is published by:
John Ritchie Ltd
40 Beansburn, Kilmarnock
Scotland KA3 1RL
Tel: 01563 536394
All correspondence relating to editorial matters should be forwarded to the Editor, at John Ritchie Ltd. using the above address or by email to Phil Coulson at email@example.com
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Lord's Work Trust
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Lord's Work Trust
42 Beansburn, Kilmarnock
Scotland KA3 1RL
Tel: (01563) 521098
Fax: (01563) 571215
John Ritchie was born in Old Meldrum Aberdeen in 1853. He was born again in Inverurie in 1871 at a meeting where Donald Munro, a well-known evangelist, preached the gospel.
John Ritchie was soon engaged in gospel preaching in barns, houses, shops or in the open air. The demands on his time became so great that he gave up his secular employment as a grocer's assistant and, being commended by his brethren, moved into full time preaching. In June 1877, he married Miss Jeannie Liveston of Forfar and enjoyed 46 years of happy married life. In addition to his preaching work he became engaged in writing and printing. He set up the publishing house still known as John Ritchie Ltd and became a prolific author. His first publication was "The Young Watchman" in 1883. "The Sunday School Worker" followed in 1885, after which "The Little One's Treasury" commenced in 1889. The first edition of the "The Believer's Magazine" appeared in January 1891. Many other books came from his pen. "The Tabernacle" and "From Egypt to Canaan" are just two of those still in print.
John Ritchie continued his preaching and writing work until his home call in March 1930 after which J. Charlton Steen, another well-known gospel preacher and teacher of the Scriptures who had assisted Mr Ritchie for 4 years, assumed the editorship.
The third editor was another gifted Bible teacher whose writings are still read. William Hoste was editor until 1938. Mr Hoste studied at Cambridge University under Handley Moule. His studies of the Word of God convinced him that such teachings as baptismal regeneration apostolic succession and episcopacy were not found in the Word of God. As a result he was baptised by immersion and received into assembly fellowship. He laboured in the UK and Europe.
After the death of William Hoste, Andrew Borland of Irvine, Scotland, served as editor until 1974. He taught English at Kilwinning Academy, a post that he held from his early days until his retirement. He was the author of a number of books and in great demand as a Bible teacher in Scotland and beyond.
From 1974 until 1998 the editorship was carried on by a committee. Over these years J. Anderson, J.R. Baker, R. McPike, R. Rae, F.E. Stallan, K. Stapley, T. Wilson and J Grant all served for differing periods of time. Each of these brethren were competent teachers and preachers of the gospel who continued to maintain the high standards of the Magazine through days of great social change. The present editor is Phil Coulson.
John Ritchie Ltd continues to flourish and the Magazine they have produced for so many years seeks to stimulate interest in the Lord's work and workers, and teach the changeless doctrines of Scripture.