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.


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

I grew up in Lincoln in a non-Christian home and was saved in 2012. My wife and I both served in our local church and were encouraged to consider Pastoral ministry. After moving to Edinburgh in 2018 and undertaking the MAP at Charlotte Chapel, I’ll now begin as a Pastor-In-Training whilst studying at ETS. God has been so good to both me and my wife Jodie, providing for our spiritual and practical needs at every step of the way, even blessing us with a daughter since being in Scotland. We are excited to see what God will do through us and we hope to serve Him in full-time gospel ministry!


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.


Amaka McLachlan, Ministry Apprentice

Amaka joined Charlotte Chapel in 2018 and started the ministry apprenticeship programme in 2020. She is excited to spend time studying the Bible, growing in her love for Jesus, serving in the church and learning what life in gospel ministry looks like. Amaka loves reading and learning new languages and previously studied Spanish & English Literature, Arabic and Islamic Studies at university. She is married to Kyle and grew up in Kent.

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.