img_20151018_185658415Since 2017, Sam and Brittan Burton have live in the small fishing village of Buckie, Scotland, located on the Moray Firth coast.

Sam is the senior pastor for the Buckie Church of Christ, a non-denominational Christian church. Sam served as the pastor for the Buckie Church of Christ from 1980-1987.  He then spent six years as a church planter and pastor in the greater Glasgow area before returning to the States in 1991.  Since that time, Sam has served as senior pastor, church planter, teacher, and lay leader in several churches across the United States; as well as the executive level in corporate America.

Brittan eagerly serves alongside Sam in many areas of the ministry, and shares Sam’s deep love and commitment for the people of northern Scotland.  She is actively involved in teaching and hosting ladies Bible studies, ministry events, and facilitates creative and technology sides of worship services and evangelism events.

“We know that God has a plan for Moray.  A plan of restoration, and hope.  We are excited that God is allowing us to be a small part of it.  We love the people, the culture, and the area.”

The Burton’s ministry plan is a simple one: to relentlessly pursue those far from God with the hope and love of Jesus Christ.  They want to accomplish that mission through targeted evangelism events, community transformation projects, and establishing a culture of active discipleship and multiplication.

If you’d like more information about the ministry of Scotland Rising, or you’d like to have Sam and Brittan come speak to your church or small group, please contact us through our Contacts page, or by emailing


Our Statement of Faith

We believe:

Concerning Jesus
“In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God.” John 1:1
“The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.” John 1:14
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1Corinthians 15:3-4

Concerning the Bible
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2Timothy 3:16

Concerning Conversion
“Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
“It is by grace you have been saved through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8.

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38.

Concerning the Holy Spirit
“Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 6:22

Concerning our Hope in Christ
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3