Staff and Leadership

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Rector -
Revd David McCarthy



Dave 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 T’s in 2014, and has a passion to engage with the community and share God’s love. He has travelled and preached in Africa and North America. He has served on the boards of Glasgow City Mission and Scripture Union Scotland. He currently serves on the Scottish advisory committee of Tearfund and as a trustee of Gafcon UK. Dave's three children are all grown up.

Dave is married to Dr Ali Cathcart. Ali grew up in Northern Ireland. She serves as an Associate Professor of Early Modern Scottish and Irish History at the University of Stirling, specialising in the sixteenth century.

They enjoy walking, travel, music, movies, castles and watching rugby (especially when Ireland play Scotland!).

Phil Taylor

Young Person's Pastoral Worker -
Phil Taylor


Phil joined us in October 2019 after 9 years serving as a youth worker in Newham in London. He has extensive experienced of working with young people, school chaplaincy and serving the local community.





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Worship Co-ordinator -
David Harvey

David leads our music ministry along with a team of musicians, singers and worship leaders. We are a congregation who love to praise God in song and are blessed with many competent musicians.We make considerable use of modern worship songs but also include many traditional hymns in many services.


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Church Administrator - Jane Ross

Telephone: 0131 316 4292

Jane is the Church Coordinator at St Thomas'.  She deals with all enquiries and bookings for the Church premises and all administration work needed by the Church.  She is a long term member of St T's. Jane is married to Gordon and has two children and three grandchildren. She loves being a Grandma, watching NFL football and hugs.  She can be contacted (during office hours only please) Tues to Fri 9am - 12.30pm by email, phone or pop in if you are passing.



St Thomas' Trustees and Vestry


The spiritual welfare of the congregation of St T’s is in the hands of the Rector whilst the whole temporal affairs of the church are committed to the management of the Vestry.There are 12 Vestry members, some elected by the congregation and some appointed by Vestry. Decisions are, in practice, usually taken by consensus. Unlike other Scottish Episcopal churches, we own our own buildings. Title is vested in 3 congregational Trustees. In view of their responsibility for our most significant property assets, the St Thomas’ Trustees attend at and participate in Vestry meetings. As mature Christians of longstanding, they contribute much wisdom and they have come to be regarded as having a special responsibility for the maintenance of our evangelical ethos. During a vacancy, the Trustees have a particular role to play, in conjunction with the Vestry, in seeking a new Rector and presenting that person to the congregation and the bishop who oversees our ministry.

75-79 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8LJ
Email:  Phone: 0131 316 4292