The church staff of St. Columba’s Church meets weekly to pray for the church and to discern God’s will for the congregation. St. Columba’s Church currently has a Senior Minister, a Youth Ministry Leader, a Children’s Ministry Leader, and a Church Administrator on the staff. If you would like to contact the church staff, please click here.
Louis has been the minister of St. Columba’s since February 1990, having been an assistant minister for a year and a half in Elgin, Morayshire. He became a Christian as a child in the Salvation Army, and feels a great debt to that branch of the Church.
Since 1990 St. Columba’s Church has changed hugely as it tries to relate to a changing world. It has grown into a vibrant and loving congregation, sharing the love of Jesus Christ with large numbers of people in the local community through a wide range of effective ministries and Christian activities directed at all age groups. Louis leads the Church Staff Team.
His work at St. Columba’s Church is focused on relevant Bible teaching, inspiring worship, and compassionate Christian outreach. In addition to being minister of St. Columba’s Church, Louis is a chaplain in the Territorial Army, chaplain to four local schools, and also a prison chaplain in HMP Aberdeen, working in a team of chaplains and evangelists.
Born in the north of England, and having grown up in Zimbabwe, Louis served in the British Army before studying Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. He is married to Sally, a primary school teacher, and they have two sons. Louis is a wannabe hymn-writer, occasional jogger, and sometime trumpet-player who can often be found in Starbucks on Monday mornings, trying to get away from it all. Saturday mornings are spent watching his sons play rugby, and dreaming of the past. You can find him on twitter at twitter.com/louiskinsey.
Hazel has been a member of the Church congregation for many years. She’s been married to Andy for 41 years and they have two children and one grand-daughter. She retired from full time employment in April this year, having spent most of her working life as a secretary/PA. After leaving school, she started work with the Halifax Building Society until the children arrived and following a 6 year spell at home, recommenced work with the Clydesdale Bank before moving to Aberdeen Cirty Council and for the last 11 years, was PA to the Chairman and Chief Executive of NHS Grampian. Hazel advises that she feels really blessed to have had such a happy and fulfilling career. She enjoys walking, gardening and reading but most importantly, spending time with her family and friends.
Children’s Ministry Leader
Sue is the Children’s Ministry Leader at St. Columba’s. Her job is to help manage and develop all our children’s activities inside and outside the church. Her vision is to provide many “ways in” for every child in our community; many opportunities for them to learn about Christ and to grow in their knowledge of God and the Bible.With the help of a wonderful team of volunteers Sue aims to teach every child how to come into the presence of God and to experience Him as Father, longing for each child to love God and serve Him.
Growing up in a Christian family Sue first came to St. Columba’s over 10 years ago when she moved to Aberdeen to study at University. Graduating in medicine she worked for 5 years at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and in her spare time helped out in our children’s groups.
Sensing God’s call to give all her working time to Christian children’s work, Sue took the opportunity when her husband John had a year’s placement in Australia to make the career change. Working for Scripture Union North Queensland as their Primary Schools Worker was fantastic experience for her role here at St. Columba’s. Sue works part time, Tuesdays from 12 and Thursdays. Most of Sue’s spare time is taken up looking after her four children but when she gets the odd spare moment she loves scrapbooking.
Youth Ministry Leader
Stef knows the impact that church youth programs can have as she came to faith as a teenager at our Youth Fellowship. She is excited about discipling young people as they work out how to live their lives with God and bringing God’s love and hope to all young people in our community.
Originally from Aberdeen, Stef studied Divinity at Edinburgh University before returning to Aberdeen. In 2014 she married Ciaran and is enjoying settling into married life and all that brings; including dedication to the Dons. Stef enjoys the challenge of upholstering the furniture for their new home and horse-riding when she gets the chance.
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