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, Sydney.  Contact

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.  Contact

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 is married to Kath. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

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.  Contact

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.  Contact

Alison Watson,

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.

Ashley Gardner, Assistant Pastor

Ashley is married to Jodie and they have a buzzing household with three young children, Charlotte, Joel and Gracie. Having grown up in a non-christian home, he became a follower of Jesus in 2012 following a number of dramatic events which led to someone sharing the gospel with him. Ashley worked in Sales and Account Management before pursuing Pastoral Ministry. He completed the Cornhill Training Course followed by a Theological Degree through ETS. Ashley enjoys gardening in his spare time, listening to podcasts and reading.

Ashley is our Assistant Pastor for Children & Youth.  Contact

Callum Cruickshank, Pastor in Training

Callum – married to Claire and father of Lois – has been a member at Charlotte Chapel since 2014. He came to faith at 11 – after realising the superiority of Jesus Christ through John the Baptist’s introduction in Luke 3. Born and raised near Edinburgh, after studying and working in the financial sector for five years, he felt a burden to pursue pastoral ministry training. Callum now studies part-time at Crosslands after completing the Ministry Apprenticeship. Contact:

Pierre-Yves Koenig, Pastor in Training

Pierre-Yves grew up in a Christian home in France. Jesus saved him when he was a teenager and changed the course of his life. He studied economics at the University of Strasbourg, then at the University of Durham. After

graduation he stayed in Durham to serve and be trained at Christchurch for two years. He is now working part-time for Charlotte Chapel as a Pastor-in-Training and studying with Crosslands seminary the rest of the time. Contact:

Angus Bell, Ministry Apprentice

Angus came to faith aged 14 after realising, through Romans 5:8, the fullness and completeness of salvation in Christ Jesus. Originally from Bangor, Northern Ireland, Angus moved to Edinburgh to study zoology. Part-time work in youth ministry alongside his degree gave him a passion for Gospel work, and he joined Charlotte Chapel in 2022 to continue pursuing this in the Ministry Apprenticeship. Angus looks forward to marrying Amy in October 2022.

Ben Macdonald, Ministry Apprentice

Ben was born in Aberfeldy, where he grew up in a Christian family. He committed his life to Christ at a young age when he understood for the first time the seriousness of his sin and the grace available in Jesus Christ. Ben moved to Edinburgh to study maths and has since worked in the financial sector, during which time he felt a desire to explore vocational ministry via the apprenticeship.  Contact