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.
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.
Adam McNinch, Pastor in Training
Adam is married to Judith and they have two small children. He has been part of the church since 2003 and completed the Scottish Cornhill Training Course in 2010-12. In 2016 the elders and congregation approved Adam’s appointment as a Pastor in Training. He studies full-time at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, oversees the discipleship amongst our children and youth, leads one of our Growth Groups and is one of the church elders.
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.
Ashley Gardner, Ministry Apprentice
My name is Ashley and I have been married to Jodie for 5 years. I wasn’t raised in a christian home but was saved in 2012. After attending TCM Baptist church in Lincoln for 5 years, serving in a variety of ministries, I wanted to pursue ministry training. With the encouragement of the church we moved to Edinburgh in February 2018. I am undertaking the ministry apprenticeship programme and attending Cornhill Scotland for 1 Year, with the hope of pursuing ongoing ministry training. We are very excited to be part of Charlotte Chapel and join the church family in reaching Edinburgh with the gospel of Christ.
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.
Alison Watson, BCUK Intern
Alison grew up in England and became a Christian in her teens. She is married to Graeme and they have three children. She is currently working as a GP in a local practice. Over the last five years, she has completed distance education in counselling with the Christian Counselling and Education Foundation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She has been allocated a place on the Biblical Counselling UK’s church-based intern scheme and is looking forward to learning more over the next two years.