Leadership Team at St Silas

ma3Martin Ayers

Rector | Senior Pastor |

Martin is married to Cathy, and they've got 3 daughters. He moved to Glasgow and joined St Silas to be our Rector in January 2016.

Martin used to be a Lawyer in London before training to be a church minister. He's originally from the North East of England, so is still getting used to being thought of as a "southerner" in Glasgow.

In his spare time he loves playing squash, eating curry, and following the fortunes of Middlesbrough Football Club.

To view books written by Martin, please follow this link: Martin Ayers | The Good Book Company

James LappingJames Lapping

Curate |

James started as Curate for St Silas in June 2018. South African by birth, Scottish by choice, James enjoys all things to do with water and the great outdoors. He originally trained in the medical sciences, but left that to serve in the Royal Marines, prior to pursuing ordination. He loves a chat, and he states that the thing he misses the most about service life is the ‘banter.’

He is looking forward to becoming an ardent supporter of Partick Thistle and the Glasgow Warriors.

ruth davisonRuth Davison

Office Manager |

Ruth is married to Alan and they have three grown up children. She has many hobbies including art and design, cycling, walking and anything that involves enjoying the great outdoors.

Her main aim in her role as administrator is to keep things in the church running smoothly.

The church office is usually open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment.

Simon AttwoodSimon Attwood

Trainee Minister |

Simon is the Trainee Minister at St Silas and Started in 2020. He is doing a part time MA in Theology alongside working for the church. He is Originally from Newcastle but moved to Scotland in 2009 for University and, 10 years and 4 cities later he still hasn’t left.

Simon is a decent cook so if you want a home cooked meal feel free to invite yourself over for lunch after church one Sunday. He also enjoys wild swimming and decent coffee.

Robbie LaidlawRobbie Laidlaw

Ministry Trainee |

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, and has since joined the Ministry Trainee Programme at St Silas.

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.

Jack StrainJack Strain

Ministry Trainee |

Jack started at St Silas in 2019 after pausing his career in Medicine to explore doing full-time ministry. He grew up in Hertfordshire, studied in London and was last working as a doctor in Kent. During his time at university he loved coming to know more about Jesus and what it means to follow him, and hopes to help others do the same. He likes rugby but realised a long time ago that he wasn’t brave enough to tackle so has ended up playing touch instead. Jack will be working with students and doing the Cornhill Training Course.

Ali BurrowsAli Burrows

Ministry Trainee |

Originally from Edinburgh, Ali moved to Glasgow to study English Literature and History at the University of Glasgow. She became a Christian aged 11 at the Keswick Convention in the Lake District, and the area remains one of her favourite places to visit. Her favourite thing to do in Glasgow is to sit in the Botanic Gardens with a good book and a coffee. Although she's not sporty, she does like to go walking, can sometimes be convinced to cycle, and supports Newcastle United FC.

She has been coming along to St Silas since she arrived in Glasgow and is very excited to now be serving as a Ministry Trainee. Her focus will mostly be working with students, as well as leading Kidzone.

Rob CardewRob Cardew

Ministry Trainee

Rob migrated north to Scotland about six years ago, leaving behind the beautiful shire of Norfolk to study at the University of Glasgow. While he was a student he became a member at St Silas and in September 2019 he started as as a Ministry Trainee.

Rob's natural environment is a warm and sunny summer evening when it is suitable for playing lawn bowls. In Glasgow he has been able to adapt to his surroundings by seeking comfort in places like GFT (Glasgow Film Theatre) and occasional trips into the Highlands.

While at St Silas Rob will be devoting a large chunk of his time to helping out with the International Cafe that runs on a Thursday evening.

Who to contact?

If you are new to St Silas, we invite you to come and visit. Visit St Silas

If you're a member and have a concern or issue about ministry or pastoral support to raise, contact Martin

If you're a member and have a concern or issue on finance, admin and buildings to raise, contact vestry


If you are interested in joining the team at St Silas, please see here for information about the additional ministry staff we are seeking.