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The Solas Team

Leadership

Andy Bannister

Director

Prior to working with Solas, Andy was Director and Lead Apologist at the Canada office of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an and his latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments),  is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. When not traveling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber, and photographer. He is married to Astrid; they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher.

David Robertson

Associate Director / Trustee

David is the minister of St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee, Scotland (a church that is best known for being the church of Robert Murray McCheyne).  He is the author of Awakening (a contemporary account of McCheyne’s life), The Dawkins Letters, Magnificent Obsesssion and Engaging with Atheists. He writes regularly for The Scotsman and Christianity Today.  David enjoys reading prolifically, playing chess and sampling fine whisky.  David is married to Annabel and they have three children; Andrew, Becky and Emma Jane.

    James Fraser CBE

    Chairperson

    James is a graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling and was the first and founder Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands. James has worked in Scottish Universities for most of his career as Secretary to the University of Paisley and Queen Margaret College (Now QMU) and previously at the University of Stirling. James is an elder in the in Kiltarlity Free Church near Inverness. James and his colleagues are working for the transformation of Kiltarlity and its environs into a Christian rural parish and want to demonstrate the Lord’s power in rural Scotland. James has served on many of Free Church central committees, and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees. As a graduate in philosophy James is very interested in apologetics and delighted to join the Solas Board. James is interested in leadership, training and loves transformational institutions and people.

      Trustees

      Stephen Allison

      Treasurer / Company Secretary / Trustee

      Stephen was a solicitor working in civil litigation and is now studying at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He is a candidate for ministry in the Free Church of Scotland. He is the treasurer of Solas and the co-ordinator of the Edinburgh Solas Group. Stephen was also involved in the work of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship and has a keen interest in the interaction of Christianity, Justice and Law. He published a paper on Viscount Stair (one of Scotland’s greatest lawyers) seeking to show that Scots Private Law is fundamentally based on the strongest Christian principles. Stephen is a deacon at Buccleuch Free Church and is married to Tizzy. In his spare time Stephen is a close up magician.

        Gordon Macdonald

        Trustee

        Dr. Gordon Macdonald has worked as Scottish Parliamentary Officer for the Christian public affairs charity CARE since 1999. He has a PhD in Political Economy and a MTh in Christian Ethics. He has an interest in political theology and conducted research on the Christian understanding of marriage within the civil law. He is Convenor of Scottish Committee of the anti-euthanasia coalition, Care Not Killing, and a member of the steering group of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition – Europe. He serves as a trustee of the National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland. He has wide experience of politics at the local and national levels, having been both a Councillor and a candidate in elections to the Scottish and UK parliaments.

          Mike Goss

          Trustee

          Mike was inducted as the Church of Scotland Minister at Barry linked with Carnoustie in 2003, and prior to that served in Dundee: Mains in the peripheral housing schemes of the city. He has one more year to go as the Presbytery Clerk for Angus Presbytery (term finishes June 2017) and was recently appointed onto the Ministries Council of the Church of Scotland. Mike has always had a keen interest in working with other churches in the cause of the Gospel, and led the Dundee City involvement in Festival 99; he has been a long-serving Committee member of Forward Together and now Trustee in Covenant Fellowship Scotland. Mike is a keen cyclist, hill-walker, dingy sailor and downhill skier, so you could say he enjoys God’s creation to the full. He is blessed to be married to Rhona and has two children, Andrew and Aileen. Mike’s deep desire is to see the churches in Scotland united in witness to the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, guided solely by the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit, all to the glory of God alone.

            David McCarthy

            Trustee

            Dave came to faith in Jesus in a Church of Scotland, was baptised in a Baptist church and confirmed in an Anglican Church. He has a keen interest in how followers of Jesus can be the Church IN Scotland! He studied at Edinburgh University, was ordained in 1988, serving at St Paul’s and St George’s, Edinburgh then at the Priory Church of St Mary of Mount Carmel in South Queensferry, before leading St Silas’, Glasgow for nineteen years. He joined St Thomas’ in Edinburgh in 2014. He has preached extensively in Africa and North America, served on the boards of Glasgow City Mission and Scripture Union Scotland and currently serves on the Scottish advisory committee of Tearfund. Dave has three adult children and is married to Dr Ali Cathcart, who comes from Northern Ireland and is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish/British history at the University of Strathclyde. They enjoy walking, travel, music, movies, castles and watching rugby (especially when Ireland play Scotland).

              Staff

              Tim Allyn

              Administrator

              Tim has a broad range of work experiences from mechanical engineering to church planting in Sweden as well as working as a marriage and family therapist.  His current work with Solas includes organizing events, updating the website, accounting, and fulfilling book and DVD orders.  Tim also works as a counsellor/therapist operating Momentum Counselling Services www.dundeecounselling.com in Dundee.  Tim and his wife, Bev, have three sons Jonathan, Andrew and Daniel.

                David Hartnett

                Project Development Officer

                David came to Scotland from the USA to complete an MSc Electronic Media at the University of Dundee in 2002.  His wife, Jennifer, is a rural GP.  David is responsible for managing the Solas magazine, writing grant proposals, fostering individual donors, website development and other project support work at Solas.

                  Ally Smith

                  Digital Media Producer

                  Ally Smith is in charge of Fleabytes, Quantum of Solas and all other media output. He has a law degree and a varied career including business sales and web design. Ally attends Knox Free Church in Perth and is married to Emma.

                    Founding Trustees

                    Ian Black

                    Co-founder

                    Ian began Dundee For Christ in 2003 and ran a number of successful "Resurrection Day" Easter events in the city. A keen networker, he developed a Christian events magazine which went national as Scottish Christian Broadcast in 2012. He now provides media training, promotions and networking for organisations across the UK. Ian and his family attend Central Baptist Church in Dundee.

                    Gordon Wilson

                    Former Trustee / Founder

                    Gordon Wilson was a former MP for Dundee East (1974-87) and former Rector of the University of Dundee (1983-86) of which he is an honorary graduate; and a former Chairman of the Scottish National Party (1979-90). He was the author of SNP: The Turbulent Years 1960-90. Gordon passed away 25 June 2017.