Leadership Team at St Silas

martinMartin 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.

emily greigEmily Greig

Youth and Children's Worker

Emily moved to Glasgow from London in 2017 to serve as the Youth and Children's Worker.

Emily grew up in the very South East of England, in Kent, as part of a large family. Having attended Uni at St Andrews living in Scotland isn't a completely new experience to her, but she is looking forward to settling into life in Glasgow.

In her spare time she enjoys drinking tea, most things crafty, cooking, baking and being in the countryside, particularly if it involves the National Trust. But most of all she loves spending as much time as she can squeeze in with her nephews.

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.

matthewMatthew Todd

Ministry Trainee

Matthew is married to Lisa and they live in Bishopbriggs with their little girl, Christiana. He has been heavily involved in St Silas since his student days and has been a Ministry Trainee since September 2017.

Matthew trained at the RCS in Glasgow as a classical singer and worked for six years as a choral director, community musician, performer. He one of the directors of a small film company, ‘Fellowship Film’ who produce fantasy feature films in Scotland. He is passionate about finding creative ways to communicate Gospel Truth and is excited by opportunities to share Jesus, especially with children and young people.

He loves to write fiction and blog, as well as keeping his hand in with music and film.

naomi gilliesNaomi Gillies

Ministry Trainee

Naomi is originally from Aberdeenshire, and graduated from Aberdeen University in 2016 with a degree in French and Mathematics. She then spent a year in Glasgow volunteering for Friends International, receiving training and experience in cross-cultural mission and discipleship. Her traineeship at St Silas involves attending the Cornhill Training Course two days a week, welcoming international students to the church, helping to run the church's weekly International Café, and meeting with students one-to-one for Bible study. In her spare time, Naomi likes to read a good book, practice French, catch up with friends, bake, cook and eat.

craig bathgateCraig Bathgate

Christians in Sport Intern

Craig, a recent graduate from the University of Stirling and a keen triathlete loves all things to do with sports. He has joined St Silas as part of his internship with the sports ministry organisations Christians in Sport. During his free time he loves training for his triathlons, cooking and hanging out with his friends. Every month Craig volunteers as a Street Pastor within Glasgow city centre.

His role whilst here at St Silas is to come alongside and support members of the churches youth, whilst also helping the church as it looks to engage more with the world of sport.

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.