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 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 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!
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.
Council of Reference
Professor Jerram Barrs
A student of the late Francis A. Schaeffer, Professor Barrs is based at the faculty of Covenant Seminary, St Louis, where he has worked since 1989 after 18 years with L’Abri Fellowship in England, (where he also served as a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church). Upon his return to St. Louis, Professor Barrs helped to plant a PCA church in the city.
Professor Barrs is a teacher with a special sensitivity toward those outside the Christian faith and is in great demand as a speaker in the United States and abroad. Other interests include the arts and literature. His publications include Being Human, Shepherds and Sheep, Who Are the Peacemakers?, The Great Rescue, The Heart of Evangelism, Through His Eyes, Learning Evangelism from Jesus, The Heart of Prayer, and Echoes of Eden (forthcoming), as well as the video series Building Up Bridges, Breaking Down Walls.
Dr Hans Bayer
Born and raised in Germany, Professor Bayer is based at Covenant Seminary, St Louis, where he has worked since 1994 after teaching for ten years at the German Theological Seminary at Giessen, where he also planted and co-pastored a church
Dr. Bayer lectures and preaches regularly in the U.S.A. and throughout Europe. He has published English and German monographs, essays, and dictionary articles, primarily on the Gospels and the book of Acts. He contributed to the ESV Study Bible, as well as video-taped lectures on Acts for Third Millennium Ministries, and has recently published A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship, as well as a German commentary on the Gospel of Mark. He is currently working on a New Testament Introduction volume andThe Watermarks of Christ: Contours of Peter’s Transformation in Mark, Acts, and His Epistles.
Greg Pritchard earned his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School before continuing on to finish his PhD at Northwestern University. The intersection of theology, history, philosophy and sociology is Greg’s primary focus both in teaching and writing. He has taught graduate level courses on apologetics, theology, ethics and Christian thought at American, European and Asian institutions of higher learning. His book, Willow Creek Seeker Services, is in its 4th edition English printing and has been published in three additional languages. Currently, Greg serves as President of Communication Institute which sponsors the European Leadership Forum.
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