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.


Thomas Adamson
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.

James Armstrong
James Armstrong / Student

I come from Tempo in County Fermanagh and have just completed an undergraduate degree in Theology at Belfast Bible College. After leaving school I interned with Scripture Union and have now taken the decision to come and study at Cornhill to further develop in handling God’s Word faithfully and communicating it clearly.

Matthew Banks
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
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.

Peter Browne
Peter Browne / Student

I live in Belfast with my wife Hannah and cockapoo Arthur and we are members of Village East Church. I am working part–time for Christians in Sport as the Performance Team Rugby Fieldworker (please ask me about it!), which is a real privilege. Alongside this I am a qualified executive coach and am involved in facilitation/ training with organisations, who work within business and education.

Dale Burnett
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 Caughey
Calum Caughey / Student

I am 23 years old and my home church is Bangor West Presbyterian Church. Alongside my time at Cornhill I am studying counselling and Spanish at Bangor SERC. I am also attempting to do my Grade 8 in electric guitar

Calum Coert
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.

Hannah  Craig
Hannah Craig / Student

After living in Oxford for a number of years, I am back in Belfast and looking forward to studying part–time on the Cornhill training course. The rest of the week I am working at Belmont Presbyterian Church where I help with the children’s ministry. I am excited about the opportunity that the Cornhill course will give me to learn how to handle God’s word faithfully, and to grow in knowledge and love of God.

Louise Davidson
Louise Davidson / Student

I’m 26, married to Peter and a trained primary school teacher. I have a real desire to teach God’s word to children. The Lord has led me to work full time in children’s ministry and so I will be studying this course part time alongside my training with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Through studying this course, I look forward to learning more on how to handle God’s word, deepen my love for the Lord and communicate His word faithfully.

Rachel Gamble
Rachel Gamble / Student

I’m from Lurgan and have just graduated with a degree in History and Politics from Queens University. Alongside studying part time at Cornhill, I’m interning in Sloan Street Presbyterian Church in Lisburn as a women’s discipleship intern. I’m looking forward to putting what I learn in Cornhill into practice as I disciple and communicate the Bible to children, young people and women in the congregation.

Jayne Gibson
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.

Daithi  Greene
Daithi Greene / Student

I’m from Holywood, County Down. I’ve just finished studying Music at Trinity College, Dublin. While living in the Republic of Ireland, my heart was moved towards the many people across the island who know so little about the Lord Jesus. And so I decided to explore ministry in Ireland and I’m now taking the part–time Cornhill course alongside a ministry trainee position in the Drung Group of Churches (Church of Ireland) in County Cavan. I’m very excited to put all that I learn at Cornhill into practice as I learn what it means to serve in Christian ministry.

Steffan Hanna
Steffan Hanna / Student

am 20 years old from Kilkeel where I attend Mourne Presbyterian Church. In 2016 I got involved with Ambassadors Football where I volunteered for a few years in summer time. Eventually the Lord gave me the opportunity to do a 1–year internship with Ambassadors which was an amazing time full of learning and blessings in preaching his word. After this internship I felt challenged in learning more of the Lord’s word more deeply which led me to Cornhill.

Ryan Higgins
Ryan Higgins / Student

After studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Queen’s University, I served in Hill Street Presbyterian as a Ministry intern for one year. I’m now serving as a ministry apprentice in Trinity Presbyterian Ballymoney and studying part–time at Cornhill. I hope, through my time at Cornhill, my understanding of God’s word will deepen and I will become better equipped to communicate His word faithfully.

Stephen Logan
Stephen Logan / Student

I am 23 years old and from Moira where I attend Moira Presbyterian Church. After graduating from university; I worked for a year before deciding that I would like to invest time in the study of God’s word. I’m looking forward to learning in community and seeing how my view of God develops.

Peter MacMillan
Peter MacMillan / Student

I’m 23 years old, from East Belfast, and I currently attend the Village Church. When I’m not at Cornhill, I work part–time in Easons stationery.
In my spare time, I volunteer in a professional costuming club, called the Emerald Garrison that supports various children’s charities across the U.K. and Ireland. This is an area that I hope to witness for Christ more in the coming days.
At Cornhill, I hope to grow in my knowledge and understanding of God’s word, and how to expound it in a way that is engaging for people from all walks of life.

Angela Mayrs
Angela Mayrs / Student

I’m married to Richard and have been a stay–at– home mum since having our eldest child, 21 years ago. We have three children, and a dog, and are members of Antrim Baptist Church. I have decided to study at Cornhill because I want to know God more, to become more like him and to be better equipped to tell others about him. The teaching at Cornhill is excellent and the fellowship is a real encouragement!

Olyvia Millington
Olyvia Millington / Student

I’m 19, from Portadown, and have just begun an apprenticeship, focusing on youth work, at Richhilll Presbyterian Church. Last year I worked two part–time jobs, while volunteering with Reach Mentoring. I hope to gain a better understanding of God through His word, to improve my personal relationship with Him, while being equipped to share the gospel with others and serve Him well.

Ross Murphy
Ross Murphy / Student

I am 23, married to Hannah and a music graduate from Queen’s. I currently run my own wedding photography business. Over the past few years I have developed a deep love for the scriptures and theology, and it is my prayer that Cornhill will help me more into a deeper relationship with Jesus, and hopefully go on to teach the Scriptures.

Gary O’Rourke
Gary O’Rourke / Student

I’m married to Alison and we have three children, Megan, Charys and Joel. We live in Newtownabbey and are members of Abbots Cross Presbyterian. I have recently left the Northern Ireland Civil Service, after a 22 year career. Through studying at Cornhill I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible, how to better prepare, preach, teach and apply it to the lives of the people in the home group that I lead, young people that I work with and the wider church family. While studying at Cornhill, I will be working part–time at Biblica, The International Bible Society.

Harry Simpson
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.

Erin Wilson
Erin Wilson / Student

During my placement year at uni, I worked for CEF as a member of their multimedia team. Since graduating, I have taken up that role again part time. This has allowed me to study at Cornhill for the remaining two days per week. I am so excited to learn how to more effectively handle the word of God and put that into practice in my role.

Pamela Ziehn
Pamela Ziehn / Student

Born and raised in Hamburg/Germany I have come to Belfast on a sabbatical. I have a great love and hunger for God’s Word. Two people of different ages told me how much they liked and benefitted from Cornhill. I would like to learn how to approach different genres of the Bible, how to dig deeper into the text, and how to preach and teach it in our local church.