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 Schools worker, 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. We are so blessed to have her as our church administrator. She does an amazing job.
Hazel has been married to Andy for 41 years and they have two children, one grand-daughter and one grandson. 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.
Sue is our Schools Worker. She leads our Ten Must Know Bible Stories project helping our local schools develop their RME teaching. You can read all about our project here
Growing up in a Christian family Sue first came to St. Columba’s over 20 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 before sensing God’s call to Christian children’s work. Sue was our Children’s Ministry leader for over ten years before taking on this more specific schools work role.
Sue is married to John, one of our elders, and they have four children. They love travelling, China being their favourite destination so far!
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.