Cornhill Belfast

At the heart of Cornhill is a good, working community. This section gives the opportunity to interact with both staff and students.

Teaching Staff

Moore Casement
Moore Casement / Director

Moore qualified and worked for a number of years as a Solicitor in England and Wales, before training at Union Theological College in Belfast.

After serving as Assistant Minister in Hamilton Road Presbyterian in Bangor and Knock Presbyterian in East Belfast, he ministered in 2nd Saintfield Presbyterian from 2002 until 2008.

Guest Speakers

Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson / Speaker

Tim and Lynn, with their four dogs (and now three hens) moved to St.Elizabeth’s Church, Dundonald in 2001. Preaching, evangelistic and discipleship groups, one to one Bible Study, training others for ministry, are Tim’s priorities. He also helps with organising the Northern Ireland Ministry Assembly (NIMA).

Paul Bailie
Paul Bailie / Speaker

Paul Bailie is a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Following an assistantship in Greenwell St., Newtownards, Paul was a PCI missionary to
Kenya, serving as lecturer in OT and Academic Dean of the Presbyterian College, Kikuyu. He is currently Chief Executive of Mission Africa, Ireland’s oldest independent evangelical Missionary society. Paul is also a Recognised Teacher at QUB, teaching OT part–time at Union Theological College.  He holds a PhD in Old Testament. He is a member of the Tyndale Fellowship and the Westminster Fellowship.

Gordon Darragh
Gordon Darragh / Speaker

Gordon is married to Janet and has a 15 year old daughter. He probably qualifies as the person who lives closest to Cornhill’s base.

Gordon’s current role is Mission Director for the Association of Baptist Churches but he is in the process of moving back to serve on the pastoral team at Windsor Baptist Church.

Christoph Ebbinghaus
Christoph Ebbinghaus / Speaker

Christoph is married to Claire and is father to Patrick, Sophie and Ruby. He trained as a chartered accountant and worked for Coopers and Lybrand before studying theology at Regent College in Vancouver. He counts it a huge privilege to have served Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church in East Belfast since 2003.

Peter Gaskell
Peter Gaskell / Speaker

Peter has worked for ten years for ‘Glod holidays’ – a Christian charity that seeks to share the gospel with young people from Independent schools in the North of England. He lives in Manchester where he attends Holy Trinity Platt church.

David Johnston
David Johnston / Speaker

David was born and brought up in Coleraine. A theology degree from Queen’s University was followed by a PGCE at Stranmillis College before returning to Union College to take up an assistantship in Mourne Church in Kilkeel.

In 1983 David was called to be minister of Waringstown & Bellville Presbyterian churches. In 1994 he came to Bangor as minister of Hamilton Road. David has been married to Olive since 1980.

Brenda Kelso
Brenda Kelso / Speaker

Brenda Kelso is a Christian counsellor whose professional background is in Developmental and Educational Psychology. She is currently involved in providing missionary member care for those who work overseas with Frontiers International and also provides counselliing services to the Christian community.

Dave Leach
Dave Leach / Speaker

Dave began his working life as a teacher but after nearly ten years in the classroom moved to Scotland to take up theological studies. On returning to Northern Ireland in 2006 he served as the Assistant Minister in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor, until he was called to be their Associate Minister in 2010. He is passionate about Overseas Mission having had the privilege to serve on various short–term teams and visit long–term missionaries across Africa, Asia and Europe.

Martin McNeely
Martin McNeely / Speaker

Marty is minister of Ballykeel Presbyterian Church, Ballymena. He is married with two young children and has been in Ballykeel for 6 years. Marty is committed to Gospel ministry in the context of community development and is an active member of the PCI Board of Mission. He is a part time DMin student at RTS Orlando. In his spare time he likes rugby and surfing with his son.

Carrie Sandom
Carrie Sandom / Speaker

Carrie has been involved in women’s ministry for more than 20 years, working with students in Cambridge and young professionals in London before moving to St John’s, Tunbridge Wells, where she is currently working with women of all ages and stages of life. An experienced conference speaker, she also trains women for Bible teaching ministry at the Cornhill Training Course in London and co–hosts the annual Proclamation Trust women in ministry conference.

Trevor Watson
Trevor Watson / Speaker

Trevor is Pastor of Coleraine Baptist Church, where he has ministered since 2008. He is part of the steering group for the Northern Ireland Ministry Assembly and serves on the board of IFES Ireland. Trevor is married to Andrea, and they have three daughters.


Stuart Balmer
Stuart Balmer / Student

I am undertaking the Cornhill course alongside a ministry placement at Killowen Parish Church. I have previously been teaching at a boys’ school in London and wanted to gain some experience of local church ministry. Cornhill is a great opportunity to be trained in handling the Bible by experienced ministers. I enjoy exploring the outdoors and playing board games of all shapes and sizes.

Matthew Dowdeswell
Matthew Dowdeswell / Student

After doing a Maths degree at Queen’s, I was given the opportunity to serve at Richhill Presbyterian Church as a Ministry Apprentice. This involves working with young people in the local church and surrounding community of Richhill. I hope that, through Cornhill, God will equip me to better communicate the Gospel, so that I may see God glorified as people grow in their faith and understanding of God’s love for them.

Alastair Groves
Alastair Groves / Student

I am doing the Cornhill course part–time, combined with an internship at Ballyroney Presbyterian church. Having grown up and still attending there, I am able to continue to serve at my home church whilst gaining practical experience on the course. Alongside the various youth ministries I also volunteer in Child Evangelism Fellowship, which has been a blessing to me.

Louisa  Hanna
Louisa Hanna / Student

I’m 22, from Kilkeel. Having graduated from Theology and English in Queens, I have been given the opportunity to serve as intern in Richhill Presbyterian Church. Studying part–time at Cornhill, I am excited to have this opportunity to learn and grow in my own knowledge and understanding of the bible whilst also being equipped further to serve in the local church.

Jim Henning
Jim Henning / Student

I am an almost retired (or is that tired?!) farmer and dairy factory manager, who is married to Ann and we have five children and eight grandchildren. I love interaction with people of all ages and backgrounds. I feel led by God to give him my time in whatever he leads me to do.

Stephen Houston
Stephen Houston / Student

I’m 24 and I work part–time with youth and communications in a mission agency called AsiaLink. Studying at Cornhill has provided me with deeper insight into the Bible and has helped develop my skills in communicating it to others in many contexts. I’m passionate about seeing people, young and old, grasp God’s heart for mission through His Word.

Hazel Irwin
Hazel Irwin / Student

I’m 22 and live in Loughgall. Currently, I’m studying part–time at Cornhill while also working for Edenderry Ministries. I’m excited to draw nearer to God by having the opportunity to study Him and the Scriptures to a greater depth. I trust that God will bless me during my time at Cornhill.

Jordan Jones
Jordan Jones / Student

I’m 19 and I’m from Lurgan. I have just completed my A Levels where I studied at Lurgan College and have taken up the Intern role at Hill Street Presbyterian Church alongside studying at Cornhill. I plan to head to University next September to study either Theology or Youth Work. I desire to be able to preach the Gospel and help people to wrestle with the Bible in order for them to grow in their faith.

Natalie Lamont
Natalie Lamont / Student

I’m twenty–one. A Queen’s theology and history graduate. I am excited to attend Cornhill and gain a deeper understanding of scripture. This will assist with my current internship at Ballymena Baptist Church. I am involved in different aspects of church life such as youth, women’s ministry and Christianity Explored courses.

Derek Livingstone
Derek Livingstone / Student

I have been involved in Sports Ministry for 12 years now and need to push on and develop myself; “Pursuing excellence in handling God’s word” says it all. Experienced in sharing the gospel message with kids and youth I believe God is changing my role where discipleship is becoming more important. Bible Studies and 1 to 1 opportunities are presenting themselves more frequently along with invitations to share in churches and this course is tailored for developing me in these areas.

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin / Student

I’m married to Lauren and we currently live in Lisburn where I am the Youth Intern at Sloan Street Presbyterian church. Before Cornhill I spent 3 years studying Theology at Belfast Bible College. My first year at Cornhill taught me so much about the amazing God that we have, as well as about my own faith. I am incredibly excited to develop and learn even more during my second year.

Allen McCluggage
Allen McCluggage / Student

I’m married to Jane and we live in Dundonald. I worked for 4 years as a primary school teacher and recently changed job to work for Christians in Sport in Northern Ireland. My wife and I attend Willowfield Parish Church in Belfast and I also play rugby for Grosvenor RFC. I am studying at Cornhill this year as I have a real desire to grow in my knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and to become more confident in teaching God’s word and applying it to various contexts in society.

Suzannah McCreight
Suzannah McCreight / Student

After growing up in Cornwall, where I became a Christian in my teens, I moved to London to study dance and then on to work in dance. I moved to Belfast in 2007 when I married my husband Derek and we now have 3 children. Having previously done Cornhill, Derek has recently become Pastor of Ministry Development at Carryduff Baptist Church. I believe Cornhill will help me get involved there and equip me for ministry.

John	 McCulla
John McCulla / Student

I am twenty five years old. I left school aged sixteen and trained as a mechanic, working mainly on farm machinery. I then moved into an office based role as a service controller. I am attending the Cornhill course part time, and am a member of Sloan Street Presbyterian.

Noelle McNinch
Noelle McNinch / Student

I have been a nurse in several fields over the years but more recently have specialised in palliative care. I felt led by God to take a career break in order to undertake the Cornhill course on a part time basis. I am involved mainly with youth work in Harryville Presbyterian in Ballymena and to my delight have been given the opportunity to gain experience in pastoral care over the next year. My desire is to develop a confidence in using God’s word and thus enabling me to explain it effectively to others.

Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore / Student

I am a husband to Clare, a daddy to 2 beautiful daughters, and I work as a Firefighter. This past year I have been involved in planting Foundation Church Belfast. I hope that through the 2 years of this course the Lord will prepare me for however He wants to use me in His kingdom …If nothing else I may be more prepared to answer those weird and wonderful questions my children ask about the bible!

Ben Murphy
Ben Murphy / Student

Having recently completed A’levels, I have now started Cornhill part–time and plan to do this alongside an Open University Course in Arts and Humanities for the next 2 years, with the hope that this will lead to a full time degree at University. With my family preparing to minister in a small church in County Mayo, I have always had a heart for ministry especially with children and youth. I am hoping to gain a deeper insight into God’s word and be better equipped in ministry.

Matthew  Reid
Matthew Reid / Student

I am 23 and a Theology graduate from Belfast. I am currently studying Cornhill alongside my internship at Ballymena Baptist Church. This year I aim to study God’s word further alongside gaining practical experience seeking to go into ministry, or wherever God is leading me. I love working with young people and opening God’s word with them. I also enjoy most kinds of sport and a good movie to relax.

Joshua Russell
Joshua Russell / Student

I’m currently the Youth Pastor at Glengormley Methodist, last year I interned with Strandtown Baptist. I have a passion for seeing young people grow and mature in their faith and confidence in Christ. I’m an avid reader and love watching movies. This year I hope to see my personal relationship with Christ deepen and become better equipped for ministry.

James Russell
James Russell / Student

I’m 25 and I’m from Ballymena. I’m engaged to Emily and I’m currently the Worship Pastor in Willowfield Parish Church. I studied History & Theology at QUB and spent a year training in Worship Ministry at HTB in London. I have a passion for discipleship so I’m hoping to grow in my understanding of God’s word and to become more confident in communicating it whilst at Cornhill.

Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott / Student

I’m 24, married to Anna and love sport but sadly I am only an amateur footballer! I am a member of Trinity Boardmills Presbyterian. Since leaving school, I have been working in Bombardier but in 2017 I left to volunteer in South Africa with a charity called Sports Academy George. I am now working for the charity at home whilst studying part time in Cornhill. I am excited to apply the skills and knowledge from studying to my role within Sports Academy and other areas of my life.

Phil Small
Phil Small / Student

I’m 22 and am from Ballymena. I am part of 1st Ahoghill Presbyterian and have just graduated from Ulster University in History with Education. I am a regional intern for Christians in Sport. I coach school rugby and have recently started boxing at Belfast Boxing Academy. In doing Cornhill, I hope to grow in my knowledge of God and His word. I pray that this would deepen my relationship with Him, and would encourage and equip me better to reach people with the good news of the Gospel.

Georgina Smyth
Georgina Smyth / Student

I grew up on a farm in Donegal and came to love God with my whole heart when I was 10 years old. I studied art at University and now I’m an apprentice at Immanuel Church, Dublin. I’m looking forward to learning much from God’s word, and how to explain it to others, especially for the context of discipling women and teaching children.

David Timothy
David Timothy / Student

I love working with young people and getting involved in activities with them like football. I am very competitive and love celebrating a good win! I like reading and stretching the mind especially in scripture. To relax, I enjoy watching a good drama and listening to music. I have come to Cornhill to grow in knowledge of God and to better teach the bible to others.