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.

Students

Jonny Booth
Jonny Booth / Student

I am undertaking the Cornhill course alongside my job as Pastoral Assistant with responsibility for youth and families at Knockbreda Parish Church in Belfast. Having interned with Scripture Union Northern Ireland last year I felt called to a ministry specifically with children and young people, and I hope that I will be able to use what I learn at Cornhill in my current role and that in turn I will be able to encourage young people to engage with God’s word.

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.

David Burke
David Burke / Student

I’m married to Ali and we live in north Belfast. Im currently doing Cornhill part–time and working for North Belfast Christian Fellowship on the other days of the week. My passion is to see people in our community reached with the good news of Jesus and growing in faith. I enjoy reading and sport, and am a season ticket holder at Cliftonville FC.

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

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.

Jamie Dill
Jamie Dill / Student

After doing a theology degree, I’m now furthering my studies with Cornhill. I am here part–time, and working part–time In Greenisland Baptist. I’m very excited to see what God has in store over the next two years. I pray that God would equip and lead me into a much deeper understanding of His Word and Himself, showing me how and teach and communicate it truly and 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.

Simon Gibson
Simon Gibson / Student

I’m married to Jayne and we have three daughters, Jessica, Robyn and Bronwyn. We live in Ballyconnell Co. Cavan and have been working with Child Evangelism Fellowship since 2014. Through studying at Cornhill I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the richness of the Bible. I also hope to learn how to better prepare, preach, and apply God’s Word to the lives of children, young people and adults.

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.

Adam Hanna
Adam Hanna / Student

I’m 19, from Kilkeel and have just finished A–levels. I’m studying part time at Cornhill whilst interning at Knock Presbyterian as assistant to the director of youth ministries. My hope and prayer is that through these 2 opportunities my faith and love for God will grow, that I would love God’s Word more and that I would learn how to teach it to others.

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.

Jayne Hughes
Jayne Hughes / Student

I live in Enniskillen and am married to Paul a Pharmacist and we have been blessed with our amazing twin sons Callistus and Caleb and our lovely daughter Laura. I love being a student but attending Cornhill and studying God’s Word has got to top other academic sojourns. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to meet a whole new group of friends who wish to learn more about God, serve God wholeheartedly and live for His Glory. I trust we can grow in this together.

Chloe Kernohan
Chloe Kernohan / Student

I am 22 from Broughshane and have recently graduated from QUB studying Spanish and Portuguese. I decided to study at Cornhill to learn how to handle God’s word better, and I am looking forward to devoting this time to grow in my knowledge of it, so that I can serve more effectively in the local church.

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.

Glen McBride
Glen McBride / Student

I’m 19 and studying part–time, alongside an internship in Sandys Street Presbyterian church in Newry. Involvement in the church is a great opportunity to put into practice what I learn on the course. It is my prayer that through Cornhill my knowledge of God would be deepened through the study of His word and I would be better equipped to make him known to others in whatever path God leads me.

Conor McKee
Conor McKee / Student

I’m 21 and am from Newcastle. I have come to Cornhill to gain a deeper knowledge of God’s word and how to teach it to others. Alongside Cornhill I am serving in Trinity Church, Belfast, as their intern. The minister there plans on putting the skills I am learning to good use.

Colin Moore
Colin Moore / Student

I am 53 and have undertaken Cornhill to help me understand God’s word more. I attended the week long summer school in June and really benefited from the teaching and interaction with others. My hope is that God will equip me to grasp His word more and apply it in my life and in service for Him.

Ross Murphy
Ross Murphy / Student

I am 22, engaged 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.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray / Student

I am a self employed Audio Visual Technician from Ballymena. In my church, Ballykeel Presbyterian, I coordinate the praise and help with the Youth Fellowship on a Sunday evening. I’m hoping that Cornhill aids me in my church ministry and teaches me effective methods and processes for Bible teaching.

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.

Tim Purdue
Tim Purdue / Student

I’m 22 years old, from Ballyclare. I have a degree in film studies from Queens University. I’m currently working as a ministry assistant in Foundation Church in East Belfast, which involves leading worship and administration. I’ve decided to study at Cornhill because God has placed ministry firmly in my heart, but for now I’m not sure what that will look like, so I have been seeking ministerial development and training while I can.

Jonny Rice
Jonny Rice / Student

I’m 37, married to Sharon and have a 7–year–old son, Daniel. I will be at Cornhill full–time, having recently left work after 14 years in Marketing. The Lord has gifted many opportunities to serve Him through church, Saintfield Baptist, and also BSF / Word in the City Bible Study programme. It is my hope that a sustained period of study and teaching in the Scriptures will better equip me for the areas of service He has graciously given.


Angela Russell
Angela Russell / Student

I am from Cullybackey, married to Stephen and we have four boys. I am an active member of Ballymena Baptist. I enjoy creativity and am studying at Cornhill to learn more about God and gain a deeper understanding of his word. I hope that by doing the course I will be able to communicate the gospel to others more effectively and also be better equipped to serve the local church.

Jenny Smithson
Jenny Smithson / Student

I am a mum of three girls and I also run Globe International Belfast, a social community to welcome people who move to Belfast from all over the world. I am doing Cornhill part–time because I want a better understanding of God’s word and therefore God’s character– so
that I am better equipped to point others to him.

Nyree Taylor
Nyree Taylor / Student

I am a wife, mother of three and homemaker. I do some voluntary work with SUNI– teaching RE lessons to primary children in school, as well as working with children and teenagers in my church. Having come to faith as an adult, I am passionate about telling God’s exciting good news to youth and children, because I know first hand what it is to grow up not knowing Jesus. I believe that Cornhill will better equip me to do that.

Chris Waugh
Chris Waugh / Student

I live in Bangor and am married to Nikki, who manages a Primary School office. We have two grown–up children, both are a real blessing. We’ve been involved in various ministries in Hamilton Road Baptist Church in Bangor for the last 25 years. Until recently I’ve been employed as a Financial Adviser, and now am taking the opportunity to reduce work commitments and complete some studies to seek to become more effective in service to God. I’m looking forward to see what develops in His will; to listen, learn and grow in God and his word with a great bunch of enthusiastic students at Cornhill.

Lesley–Anne Wilkinson
Lesley–Anne Wilkinson / Student

I’m married to Chris and we live outside Portadown and belong to Richhill Presbyterian Church. I’m a Modern Languages teacher, and will be studying at Cornhill part–time. I regularly do one–to–one Bible studies and discipleship with women, and feel it’s a privilege to share truth and life with others. I am excited to continue to learn how to handle God’s Word well, and to be changed and shaped personally by the truth of the Bible.