Meet the team – Pastoral Team
We have several staff members. Here is a little more information about each of them.
Paul Rees, Lead Pastor
Paul is married to Shiona and they have four children. He became lead pastor in September 2009. Studying dentistry in London and attending St Helens Church, Bishopsgate in London was a big growing time for his faith as he heard expository bible preaching each week. Paul practiced dentistry over a ten year period while also studying preaching at the Proclamation Trust’s Cornhill training course and theology at Moore Theological College in Sydney.
Liam Garvie, Associate Pastor
Liam became the Associate Pastor at Charlotte Chapel in September 2010. Liam didn’t believe in Jesus when he was growing up, but when he went to University, everything changed. After hearing a sermon on Gethsemane, he believed the gospel and committed his life to Christ. Soon after that he felt a desire for pastoral ministry and with the encouragement of his local church, he studied theology.
Andy Paterson, Pastor for Go
Andy was raised and saved in London, and worked for Wandsworth Council for a number of years. He was lead pastor of Kensington Baptist Church, Bristol for 24 years before becoming FIEC Mission Director with a responsibility for church planting. He spends half his time working for Charlotte Chapel and the other half working for the FIEC. He is married to Kath. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Adam McNinch, Assistant Pastor
Adam is married to Judith and they have two small children. Adam serves as our Assistant Pastor for Church Planting following completion of our three-year Pastor-in-Training programme which included studying at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Adam is currently planning our next church plant which, God willing, will be in South Queensferry in April 2020.
Rachel Sloan, Women’s Ministry Co-ordinator
Rachel was born in Belfast, lived in England for 7 years and moved to Edinburgh when she was 13 years old. Edinburgh very much feels like home now! She grew up in a Christian family and committed her life to Christ at a young age. However, it was not until her late teens that she started to grasp the full necessity of what Jesus did on the cross and understood the need for his forgiveness. Before being on the team at Charlotte Chapel Rachel trained as a Primary School teacher and taught P1 in a school in Edinburgh for four years. She then went on to complete the Ministry Associate Programme at St Catherines Argyle in Edinburgh.
Catherine Burrows, Women’s Pastoral Visitor
Catherine was born on the Isle of Lewis in a loving Christian home. She came to Edinburgh to do her nurse training in 1979.
She became a Christian in 1988 and started to attend Charlotte Chapel at this time. She is married to Mark. They have 3 children, Alison, Abigail & Stephen.
Ashley Gardner, Pastor in Training
Matt Holden, Pastor in Training
Matt was born and raised in Lancaster in the North West of England but moved to Edinburgh to work as a Pastor in Training at the Chapel. As a Pastor-in-Training he will be working part-time for the Church while studying full-time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He is very excited about his time here at the Chapel and is looking forward to sharing the gospel with the people of Edinburgh and seeing lives changed by it! Matt will be helping lead the Young Adults work as well as serving at Rooted.
James Russell, Pastor in Training
James is married to Emily and is from Ballymena in Northern Ireland. He moved to Edinburgh in 2019 to work for the chapel as a Pastor in Training. Before joining the Chapel, James studied History and Theology at Queens University and worked as a Worship Leader in a church in Belfast. After attending the Cornhill training course in Belfast James felt a call to pursue further training for pastoral ministry. He is excited to share the gospel with the people of Edinburgh and to be a part of the church family at Charlotte Chapel.
Claire Cruickshank, Ministry Apprentice
Claire is from Glasgow and moved through to Edinburgh in 2017. She started the Ministry Apprenticeship in August 2018. Before that, she studied Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow. Since graduating, she has been teaching people from all over the world English in Edinburgh. As well as helping in different areas at the church, she is also attending Cornhill Training Course. She is excited to learn more about God and the church during her time as an apprentice.
James Amour, Ministry Apprentice
James is from Edinburgh and has been attending Charlotte Chapel since 2013. In 2019, James started his Ministry Apprentice with a desire to grow in his knowledge of the Bible, learn how to better communicate it, and get an understanding of what ministry looks like from the inside
Joel Smith, Ministry Apprentice
Alison Watson, Biblical Counselling Coordinator
Alison grew up in England and became a Christian in her teens. She is married to Graeme and they have three children. She works part time as a GP in a local practice. She has completed distance education in counselling with the Christian Counselling and Education Foundation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and spent two years as a Biblical Counselling UK church based intern. She works one day a week as Biblical Counselling Co-ordinator.