We are pleased to announce that the new IBTSC Director Dr Mike Pears took up his post at the beginning of August. Mike and his wife Helen arrived in Amsterdam at the end of July. They are settling well into their temporary home at the Baptist House and getting acquainted with life and work here in the Netherlands. Staff have already been meeting to make plans for the year ahead, as well as to discuss strategy for the longer-term future. Mike’s conviction is that IBTSC is strategically situated, both culturally and geographically, to encourage research and learning of baptistic theology and spirituality across Europe, the Middle East and further afield. We all look forward to exciting days ahead.