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.
Matt Round, Assistant Pastor
Matt joined Charlotte Chapel as Assistant Pastor in September 2014 having completed three years of theological study at Oxford university. Prior to studying Matt spent 11 years working for Amazon.com. Starting as a computer programmer, he went on to lead growing areas of the company culminating with driving the launch of an Edinburgh office. Matt is thrilled to have this opportunity to serve within the church. He is married to Rachael and they have five children. Matt most recently served as part of the leadership team for Trinity Church, a new FIEC plant in the centre of Oxford.
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.
Martin Smith, Pastor in Training
Martin began working as pastor in training in September 2014 after completing a year as a ministry apprentice at Charlotte Chapel. As pastor in training he works part time for the Church and studies theology full time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Originally from Manchester he moved to Scotland in 2009 to study Mechanical Engineering. It was at Uni that a worker from the Christian Union began reading the bible with him and brought him along to Charlotte where he also did a Christianity Explored course. It was near the end of the first semester that Martin became a Christian. A few years later he met his wife Grace who works as a trainee lawyer in Edinburgh. Martin loves God’s word and teaching it and looks forward to doing that for many years to come, God willing, in Scotland.
Ross McNab, Pastor in Training
Ross was born in Edinburgh but grew up in Girvan on the south-west coast of Scotland. Having returned to Edinburgh to study, Ross became a member of Charlotte Chapel in 2012 and later completed a year-long ministry apprenticeship with the church. He is now studying Theology full-time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary whilst working part-time for the church. At church Ross is primarily involved in Young Adult’s discipleship amongst other things. Before starting training for ministry, he worked as a professional actor having studied acting at university. Ross is married to Abi.
Adam McNinch, Pastor in Training
Adam is married to Judith and they have two small children. He completed the Scottish Cornhill Training Course. He oversees the discipleship amongst our children and youth. The elders and congregation have recently approved Adam’s appointment as a third Pastor in Training and he began studies at Edinburgh Theological Seminary this autumn and joined the pastoral team.
September 2016 Ministry Apprentice intake
Kyle Mclachlan, is taking a break from his Medicine degree at Edinburgh University to join us for a year. Kyle is from Linlithgow and started coming along to Charlotte Chapel during his first year at uni. He’ll be helping out with WeePM, All Nations Cafe and YACC.