Cornhill Belfast

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


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 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 counselling 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.


Thomas Adamson Student

I’m 25 years old, live in Waringstown and worship at Knocknamuckley Church of Ireland. I work as a structural engineer 3 days a week as I do Cornhill the other 2. I am doing this course to be better equipped to handle the Bible and my hope is that I will know God better, giving me a greater desire to serve him.

Matthew Banks Student

I’m from Lurgan and an English Lit graduate from Queen’s University. After this, I was an intern for PCI where I served in Tullyallen and Mountnorris Presbyterian. I’m interning there again this year, whilst also studying at Cornhill part–time. I hope that my time at Cornhill will allow me to grow as a Christian and communicate the Bible to others more effectively & faithfully.

Matthew Black Student

I am 26 years old and I belong to First Cookstown Presbyterian Church. I am a Mathematics teacher and I will be studying at Cornhill part time. It is my prayer that through my time on the course God will give me a greater understanding of His word and help me to teach it to others more effectively.

Dale Burnett Student

I am married to Lesley–Anne and we have 3 children Jonathan, Rose and Matthias. We live in Ballymoney and I will be working part time while I do Cornhill. I am a member of Ballymoney Baptist Church and after much prayer and conversations with my elders I have been led to Cornhill. It is my hope that this course will help me grow in the knowledge of God but to also be able to present the word in the way it was intended.

Calum Coert Student

I’m 19, from Richhill and have recently finished A–levels. I’m studying part time at Cornhill whilst doing an apprenticeship in Richhill Presbyterian Church. I’m grateful for the opportunity to study at Cornhill, and walk alongside my classmates as we grow in the knowledge of God and journey through His Word together. I am excited to continue to learn how to handle the Bible with care, so that I may be personally shaped and moulded by the truth of God’s Word.

Jayne Gibson Student

I’m married to Simon and we have three daughters, Jessica, Robyn and Bronwyn. We live in Belturbet, County Cavan and have been working with Child Evangelism Fellowship since 2014. My hope is that through Cornhill I will learn more about examining God’s Word to determine the meaning in context. It’s my desire that this will help both my personal study of God’s Word and as I teach others too.

Harry Simpson Student

I am married to Julie and we live in Portadown with our schnauzer Betty.

I’m currently doing Cornhill part–time and my local church is St Mark’s Church of Ireland, Portadown. I am excited about the opportunity that the Cornhill course will give me.

I pray that God will equip and lead me into a much deeper understanding of His Word and Himself and that I will learn how to teach it to others.