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.

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.

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.

Heather Dempster
Heather Dempster / Student

I am married to Davy, and have a daughter, Lynda. I’m self–employed and am committed to helping people achieve personal and professional success through coaching, training and mentoring within my business, Javelin Success. I currently lead a monthly bible study within the church and also lead one with fellow business women. I am attending Cornhill to help equip me for further ministry, by devoting time to studying the bible in greater depth.

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.

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.

Timmy Emerson
Timmy Emerson / Student

I’m 23 and from Ballymoney. I have just graduated from Stranmillis University in Primary School Teaching. I am a regional intern for Christians in Sport and I play rugby for Belfast Harlequins RFC. At Cornhill, I am excited to dig deeper and develop my knowledge and understanding of God’s word, so that I can communicate the gospel more clearly.

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.

Adam Hanna
Adam Hanna / Student

I’m 18 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.

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.

Paddy Hayes
Paddy Hayes / Student

Im 20, from Portstewart and go to Coleraine Baptist. I have just finished doing my A Levels and will now be studying at Cornhill part time. With the rest of my time I work at Crossfit Coleraine, help out in the church by being a leader at Youth Fellowship and co organizing the Young Adult study group. From my time at Cornhill I hope to gain a better understanding and knowledge of the bible.

Rachael Heater
Rachael Heater / Student

I am taking the CTC as part of an internship for women’s discipleship with my church, Sloan Street Presbyterian in Lisburn. It’s a blessing to be able to learn how to better handle God’s word while serving in my local congregation. I also work for BCM International, developing ministry for teens and young adults, along with my husband Nate.

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.

Hannah Irwin
Hannah Irwin / Student

After studying International Development and Spanish in Leeds, I worked with Christian Unions in Glasgow as a Relay worker. I have now moved back near home in Castlederg, Co Tyrone and am enjoying getting involved in the church where I grew up and being with my family more. I am studying at Cornhill with the hope of knowing God better through His word, and being equipped to help others know him better too.

Glen McBride
Glen McBride / Student

I’m 18 and studying part–time, alongside an internship in my home congregations of Clarkesbridge and the Groves Presbyterian Churches (close to Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh). Involvement in my 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.

Iain McKelvie
Iain McKelvie / Student

I have been married for 25 wonderful years to Heather and we have 2 grown up children. I am a member of a church in Ballymena. We run a youth bible study group in our house on a Saturday night which can be a challenge. Previously, we served with SIM in Peru for 7 years in a breakfast feeding programme. I enjoy studying God’s word and sharing with others.

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.

Scott Monteith
Scott Monteith / Student

I’m 19, from Kilkeel and have just finished my first year at Trinity College Dublin, studying Biochemistry. I’ve deferred my course to do Cornhill this year alongside a church internship in order to explore what ministry could look like for me. I’m excited to be able to use what I learn from Cornhill in this setting throughout the year and to generally be more equipped when it comes to handling the Bible.

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.

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!

John Moore
John Moore / Student

I’m 33, from Aghalee (a village halfway between Lurgan and Crumlin). I attend Crumlin Evangelical Presbyterian Church and when I am not at Cornhill, I work in a shop in Lisburn. I don’t have any expectations about what I’ll be doing after Cornhill, but I’m excited about growing in my knowledge and understanding of God’s word and being better equipped to serve Him in whatever way He sees fit.

Jack Neilly
Jack Neilly / Student

I am 22 and a music graduate from Newtownards. I currently work as a ministry intern in Howth and Malahide Presbyterian Church Dublin while studying part time at Cornhill. Over the next 2 years I hope to gain a greater understanding of Gods word, as well as learning the many diverse ways Gods word can be taught.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Phil Todd
Phil Todd / Student

I’m married to Shola and we live in east Belfast and attend Willowfield Parish Church. I graduated from Queens in history around 10 years ago and work part–time for Lloyds Banking Group. I’m studying part–time at Cornhill in the hopes of being further equipped for ministry opportunities in the future. In what spare time I get I enjoy cycling, running and Racquet sports.

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.