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.

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.

Robbie LaidlawRobbie Laidlaw

Ministry Trainee

Jack StrainJack Strain

Ministry Trainee

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.