About us

Team

Martin Ayers

Rector

Martin joined St Silas to be our Rector in January 2016. He is originally from the north of England, and worked as a lawyer in London before training for church ministry. He is married to Cathy, and they have three daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys running, going out for a curry with friends, and following the fortunes of Middlesbrough Football Club.

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Amy Wicks

Associate Pastor for Women & Pastoral Care

Amy moved to Glasgow from North London in August 2021. She started working life as a transport planner, before moving to Bible-teaching ministry full time. She has previously worked with teenagers and women at a central London church. Her main focus at St Silas is women’s discipleship and pastoral care. In her spare time she enjoys detective novels, the Tour de France, and visiting second hand bookshops.

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Simon Attwood

Simon Attwood

Minister in Training

Simon is our Minister in Training, and has been working at St Silas for four years. Alongside his work at the church, Simon is studying for a Master’s Degree in Theology and is also trained in Biblical Counselling. He is originally from Newcastle but is now an adopted Scot, having been here for over a decade. Simon heads up our Ministry Trainee Scheme as well as being involved with Roots, Growth Groups, pastoral work and other projects in church life. Simon is most often found with a decent coffee, feeding people dinner or out swimming in a Loch!

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Catherine Campbell

Ministry Trainee

Catherine made the big move from Edinburgh in 2016 to study English Literature and Music at the University of Glasgow. After committing to St Silas as her church, she got baptised here in October 2017! Once she graduated, Catherine worked with UCCF for a year as a Relay Worker for the Christian Union at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Now she’s thrilled to be working as a Ministry Trainee at a church she loves so much. Catherine is particularly passionate about music and using it to help others to worship God at church. She also loves making music playlists on Spotify, and partaking in spontaneous karaoke sessions on car journeys.

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Ruth Davison Church Admin

Ruth Davison

Church Administrator

Ruth is married to Alan and they have three grown-up children and two grandchildren. She has many hobbies including art and design, cycling, walking, all kinds of music, drinking nice coffee in nice coffee shops and she is also an occasional biker. Her main aim in her role as administrator is to keep things in the church running smoothly. The church office is usually open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Bethany Greer

Ministry Trainee

Bethany joined the team at St Silas as a trainee after graduating from university in 2022. She moved from her rural hometown in Northern Ireland to Glasgow in 2018, and enjoyed studying History and Politics for four years.

During her time at university, Bethany found a church home at St Silas and has loved worshipping here and getting involved with church life. She is looking forward to all that she will learn over the course of her traineeship and hopes that through working at St Silas she can help show people the hope and love found in Christ.

Aside from church, Bethany likes landscape photography, listening to music on long walks, and having time to read good books. In Glasgow she can often be found in a café enjoying a coffee and a pastry.

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Robbie Laidlaw

Robbie Laidlaw

Minister in Training

Originally from Perth, Robbie spent five years studying Computer Science at the University of Aberdeen. Having given his life to Christ at a youth camp when he was 16, he has since been heavily involved in various youth ministries, including at his home church Perth Baptist, and his church at university, Hebron Evangelical. He has a great passion for Jesus, and helping teenagers come to learn more about him.

He has been at St Silas since 2018, when he moved to Glasgow to work as Relay Worker with UCCF at Glasgow University Christian Union. Having finished his two-year stint as a Ministry Trainee, Robbie has now moved into the role of Youth Pastor-in-Training, which he does alongside studying for a Masters in Theology.

If you need to find him, he is likely to be in the cinema, or doing a jigsaw. He owns a lot of books that he hasn’t read.

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Joanne Leung

Ministry Trainee

Joanne knew her life wouldn’t be the same when her husband got accepted to the University of Glasgow’s medical school. She was born and raised in Hong Kong and moved to Glasgow in December 2021. Aside from ministry, she is a big fan of figure skating and ballet dancing. Although she is not sporty, she enjoys doing light workouts on Nintendo Switch. Joanne speaks Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and a little bit of Thai, so do chat with her if that’s one of your mother tongues!

如果你都係啱啱黎到格拉斯哥,想試下返英文教會,認識本地人朋友,或者想參與我地嘅香港人大專/職青團契,歡迎你同我聯絡!

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Derek Maciver

Vestry Clerk

Derek has been coming to St Silas since the summer of 2018. He currently serves as the Vestry Clerk, which involves putting together the agenda, papers and minutes for the monthly Vestry meetings. He has lived in Glasgow for more than 30 years and works as a lawyer in the city centre. Derek loves recreational bike riding and having a curry with friends in his spare time.

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Jonathan Middleton

Minister in Training

Before joining St Silas in March 2022, Jonathan was involved in a church plant in Glasgow’s Southside. His training is in partnership with the Pastors’ Training Course at Cornhill Scotland in conjunction with an MA in Systematic Theology at Union Theological College, Belfast. He is married to Alise and, together, they have two young children. Jonathan acknowledges that — with a range of roles and responsibilities — it can (on occasion) be a bit like spinning plates! 

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Jamie Payton

Ministry Trainee

Jamie came to Glasgow in 2017 to study maths at university, having lived in Dunbar, East Lothian, from age three. Besides a brief stint in New Zealand, he has been involved at St Silas throughout his studies. While here, he has loved being able to learn from the experiences of others, grow in faith, and begin to grasp the glorious depths of the gospel. He hopes that by serving here as a Ministry Trainee for two years, he can encourage others in the church just as he has been encouraged.

Outside church life, Jaime still pursues his mathematical interests in board games and puzzles. You also might find him embracing Scottish stereotypes, often wearing his kilt to play the bagpipes or go to a ceilidh.

Jamie is keen for a post-church game of SpikeBall in any weather.

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Michael Reader-Harris

Lay Reader

Michael has been a lay reader at St Silas for more than 20 years and is the pastoral lead at our traditional monthly 9am service, which is based on the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. He has been a member of the church vestry for 12 years, as well as currently serving on the preaching rota. Michael is a biblical languages enthusiast, a keen hill walker, and a great conversationalist. He has two grown-up children and is married to Susan, who regularly cooks and helps out on Scripture Union summer camps.

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We're an evangelical church,
in the heart of Glasgow,
all about Jesus.

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Our vision is to Reach, Grow, Send

Reach

‘the son of man came to seek and to save the lost…’ (Luke 19:10) to reach out to as many as possible with the glorious news of Jesus.

Grow

‘Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith that you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness…’ (Colossians 2:6,7) to grow up in Christ as a community, by His word, loving others well.

Send

‘Go and make disciples of all nations…’ (Matthew 28:19) equipping people to serve Christ for a lifetime, and sending them out to bring God’s word to a needy world.

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Evangelical

We believe that God speaks in the Bible through His Spirit about His Son, Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Bible is God’s perfect word. In the Bible, God tells us all about His plan for the world from creation through to the glorious new creation He has promised. That story is great news, and it’s all about Jesus, God’s promised rescuing king, who died for our sins and rose again to be enthroned in heaven as Lord of all.

We are a broken people, but by God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ, we have been forgiven and adopted into His family, as His children, and called by Him to declare and demonstrate His glory.

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Anglican

We are part of the worldwide Anglican denomination, and of the Anglican Convocation in Europe

We are committed to the theology of the Jerusalem Statement 2008, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, including the 39 Articles of Religion, an expression of the Christian faith that is committed to the one, triune God, the authority of the Bible as God’s word, the historic creeds of the church, the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and justification by faith alone.

We're a diverse church — with members of the church from all over the world and from all walks of life.

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