Our Team

Mark Stirling


Mark Stirling is a former medical doctor who pioneered work amongst university students with the Navigators in Edinburgh from 1998 to 2004. In 2007 he completed an MA in Exegetical Theology at Covenant Seminary in St Louis and in 2011 gained a PhD in Biblical Studies from St Andrews University, his thesis examining issues of discipleship and maturity in Ephesians. He and his wife Jenny now live in St Andrews, Scotland, where they work closely together in disciple making ministry. Alongside Chalmers, Mark is the leader of the European Disciple-Making Leaders Network and currently co-leads a new church (Cornerstone St Andrews)

Jonathan Fraser

Chalmers Fellow

Jonathan Fraser is an associate minister at Hilton Parish Church, Inverness with responsibilities mainly with youth, but including regular preaching and pastoral support. He also has taught Highland Theological College’s Theology of Youth Ministry Module. Jonathan earned his M.A. (Divinity) from New College, Edinburgh, in 2006, followed by a MTh in Theology in History in 2007. In 2008 he earned anThM from Princeton Theological Seminary in Youth, Church and Culture.

Questions around Christian education and theological form the core of his doctoral studies at Highland Theological College.

Jonathan is married to Susie, and they have two sons, Charlie (9) and Angus (6).

Dave Redfern

Chalmers Fellow

Dave Redfern has spent the past 4 years working for the Chalmers Institute in St Andrews. Previous to that he spent 3 years studying for a MA in Theological Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Dave and his wife Michelle were involved in student discipleship ministry with the Navigators in Edinburgh between 2007 to 2012.  Dave also spent 3 years working as a youth and children’s worker at St Stephen’s Comely Bank Church. 

Dave is now in his first year of a PhD in theology with the University of Aberdeen. He is studying the 17th century Puritan John Owen. 

Dave & Michelle have 3 children; Lucy, aged 4, James aged 2 and one more on the way due in February!

Rebecca Giles
Director of Operations

Rebecca Giles joined the Chalmers Institute in 2019 after graduating with her MA in Educational Ministries from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, USA (2018). During this time, she served as a teaching assistant in Apologetics and Education courses, for students on campus and for students at a distance through online education. In her role at Chalmers Institute, she will continue to develop the partnership between Covenant Theological Seminary and Chalmers Institute with the Edinburgh Summer School.

Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Rebecca attended the University of Virginia (2006) with a BA in Religious Studies. Later, Rebecca worked with Serge in Dublin, Ireland (2005-2009) and then at Mission Training International (2011-2015) in Colorado. 

In addition to her role at Chalmers Institute, Rebecca works with Mission to the World, serving local teenagers in St. Andrews and as well as missionary families around the world.

Matthew Mason

Chalmers Fellow

Matthew is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, a dad, and an Anglican pastor who has served churches in England and the USA. He is Tutor in Christian Ethics at the Pastors’ Academy in London, and holds fellowships at the Kirby Laing Institue for Christian Ethics Research Institute, the Center for Pastor Theologians, and the Chalmers Fellowship. He’s currently working on a PhD at the University of Aberdeen, entitled ‘Being Human in the Economy of Grace: Prayer and Human Flourishing in Light of John Webster’s Moral Theology.’

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