Apostle Harold Carl McFarlane is the Senior Pastor and Founder of Built on the Rock International Ministries (BOTR), located in London, England. Apostle McFarlane travels the world establishing churches according to the great commission designated us to “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel…”
Apostle McFarlane, a former body builder, under the tutelage of the three time Mr Universe champion Rick Wayne, used to train five times a week and began entering competitions. He won the second place title of Mr. Universe and continued training at the legendary ‘Wag Bennett’s’ gym in East London where he trained with a youthful Arnold Schwarzenegger who used to come over from Austria to pump iron in that gym.
Apostle McFarlane has now cast aside his dumbbells for the Holy Bible and has been pastoring Built on The Rock since 1977. Among many other qualifications, Apostle McFarlane holds a Bachelor Degree and Doctorate in Sacred Theology. He is also the Founder and Presiding Prelate of The Built On The Rock International Ministries Fellowship, and The Christos Fellowship and has established churches in London, Bulgaria, Russia, Cyprus, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados, Pakistan, India, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, The Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Burundi, The Philippines and his work continues to grow.
For 9 years, Apostle McFarlane served as the Assistant Dean for The Bibleway Training Institute, which educated people in Theology to Associate and Bachelor degree levels. He is also the Founder of Built on the Rock Bible College, which provides the community with a number of qualifications including National Vocational Qualifications and Degree courses in Theology. The staff at the Bible College are all fully trained and qualified in the courses offered; which are also accredited by one of London finest Christian Liberal Arts/Seminary’s. Apostle McFarlane is the Principal for BOTR’s Bible College and has a heart for educating people.
Apostle McFarlane is passionate about the community, and BOTR is a community church that offers a range of services to improve the community. These include courses in Accounting, Interview Techniques, Leadership & Supervisory Skills, Teacher Training, Time Management, Computer Skills and many others. Other areas in which BOTR assist the community is with the provision of a Christian Counseling Service, Health Advice from qualified Nurses, and a Prison Ministry for ex-offenders. In addition to this BOTR’s Bible College has now begun to offer correspondence courses in the continent of Africa.
Apostle McFarlane holds the position as the Director of Education with Bilston Community College in Wolverhampton, England for the London Region; and is also the Director of Education for The Apostolic Union International. He is the author of many influential books including “Significant Messages From The Pulpit”, “Your Sins Are Forgiven”, “Calling All Christians”, “Young Adults: Mature, Strong & Single”, “The God In You” and the “Church Procedures Manual”.
Apostle McFarlane also serves as a Community Advocate for the Metropolitan Police. Apostle McFarlane has a passion for international missions and especially to those countries with poor living conditions. As part of BOTR’s efforts to help these countries, clothing, children’s books, writing and coloring utensils, toys, preaching tapes and biblical literature have been sent into countries including India, South Africa, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia, Zambia, The Congo and Pakistan. Apostle McFarlane also visits these countries as often as possible to preach the word and to minister to those who might otherwise not hear the Good News of salvation.
Apostle McFarlane’s vision is to bring people to Jesus Christ and membership in His family; to develop them to a Christ-like maturity, and to equip them for their ministry in the church and life’s mission in the world in order to magnify God’s name. BOTR endeavors to serve their community in order to bring about a neighborhood that respect God and each other.