Welcome to our Online Retreat

Our Speakers

We are incredibly grateful to all of our speakers for giving up their time to record the messages for today’s retreat. All of them have busy lives, families and responsibilities and we don’t take for granted their willingness to contribute. 

Some are ‘seasoned’ preachers and speakers and some are offering in their unique sound here, perhaps for the first time in a setting like this. 

We pray that their heart blesses your heart! 

Rachel Dhillon

Rachel is a social worker, currently working with the charity Children 1st. She lives in Glasgow with her husband Lal. She also serves on the 24-7 Scotland prayer team and is passionable about prayer and justice.

Steven Anderson

In addition to lead pastor, Steven has been involved in a variety of Christian leadership roles including, with his wife Helen, establishing Prayer for the City in Glasgow and Healing Rooms in Scotland. Presently they are based at Glasgow City Church. 

Faith and Scott Brennan

Faith and ScottBrennan have been church planters and leaders for over 15 years.  They pastor Lighthouse Central, an innovative church in Prestonpans, just outside Edinburgh, which they planted together.

Norman Afrin

Originally from Stornoway, Norman is a Church of Scotland minister, currently pastoring a church in the East of Glasgow. He’s married to Becca and they have two small boys who keep them busy!

Deborah Chestnutt

Married to Brian with two grown up daughters, Deborah is originally from Northern Ireland. She’s currently serving as locum minister in Whiteinch Church in Glasgow. 

Richard Johnston

Richard is the founder of Christian Mindfulness where biblical theology, contemplative practices and the latest findings of science in the areas of mindfulness, meditation and CBT are integrated into practice. He’s married to Vivienne and they are part of Liberty Church in Dunfermline.

Shirley Berry

Married to David and with 3 young adult children, Shirley has been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years. A trained psychotherapist with a Masters in Theology, she is currently the Ministry Development Lead at Findlay Church in Glasgow and Chaplain and Foundation Manager with Peter Vardy.

Shona Stirling

Married to Gordon with two adult children, Shona is currently CEO of Healing for the Heart. She is passionate about calling what’s dead back to life and seeing purpose and passion re-ignited in people, churches and organisations. 

Melaine is a passionate worshipper and worship leader and lives in Coleraine on the beautiful North Coast of Northern Ireland. She works for Vineyard Compassion, serving some of the most vulnerable in her local community. For fun, she’s a keen photographer and paddle boards (although not at the same time!)

Melanie Gibson