Andy Murray - Skye Shinty
Andy Murray (no not that one) is originally from Oban, but now lives in Livingston with his wife, Kirsteen and his five (yes five) sons ranging in age from 17 to three. With a background in social work Andy felt called to Christian work and joined Bethany Christian Trust in 2006.
After various positions within Bethany, Andy joined a new Christian charity in March 2016, Safe Families for Children Scotland, which works with families in crisis. Andy was very involved in football camps in his earlier years, but over the last few years he has gone back to his first love – shinty. Andy was involved in setting up the Edinburgh Shinty Club in 2010, and has trained as a coach at Foundation and Level 1 with the Camanachd Association.
As well as being a Deacon in Livingston Free Church, Andy is actively involved in Prison Ministry, both as a Trustee with Prison Fellowship and leading Bibles studies in his local prison. When not working or playing shinty Andy, writes a blog called ‘Ragged Theology’ on the Free Church minister and social reformer, Dr Thomas Guthrie. Andy spends as much time as he can in the Highlands following his shinty team, Oban Camanachd or visiting relatives.
Innes Macsween - Renfrew Seniors
Innes Macsween recently graduated from Edinburgh Theological Seminary and is currently an Assistant Minister in Smithton Free Church, Inverness. Originally from Ness, in the Isle of Lewis, Innes graduated with a degree in Scottish Literature from Glasgow University, before going to work for UCCF discipling students and encouraging them as missionaries on campus in Cambridge during 2013/14.
Innes is interested in preaching, apologetics, theology, discipleship and children's work. He admits to being very loud, whether speaking, singing, or with a whistle! He’s been one of the main leaders at the Comrie camps since 2013, along with Chris and Alison Macleod.
Innes was converted at a Free Church Youth Camp in 2003, and camps have been massively precious to him ever since. He’s desperate to give something back to the Camps for the rest of his life! His greatest desire is to explain to young people how the Bible works as an over-arching story of Salvation, from Creation to Christ's return, and how the Gospel speaks into every corner of life, all to His Glory!
Paula White - Renfrew Juniors
Paula, or Paula Jane, or just PJ, grew up in the warmer climes of the south coast. After gradually moving north, she now lives in Dundee where she’s a member at St Peter's Free Church. Paula has spent most of her adult life (when not studying) working with children and young people in long-term residential units.
Renfrew Juniors will be Paula's sixth camp. Last year, she discovered how easy it is to make campers very messy with messy games (she is now in charge of this activity). Paula believes that camp is a great place for campers to not just hear about God's amazing plan for salvation, but also to see how it affects everything we do. She loves working with kids who aren't so good at sitting or listening, finding ways for them to engage with the Bible and discover its relevance for today. Often she’ll chat with them while doing other things, such as fixing campers’ hair, sharing the washing up, or drinking hot chocolate.
Paula likes ducks − just ask her how many she has − and they all have names.
Deuan Jones - Renfrew Juniors
Deuan Jones is originally from Wales, but he was brought up in England, and then made Scotland his adopted home 16 years ago. He spent most of his working life as a research scientist in molecular biology, before deciding to train as a primary school teacher a couple of years ago. He is part of St Pete’s Free Church in Dundee.
Deuan loves films, camp fires, coffee, and anyone who makes him gluten and dairy free-baking! He thinks that camp should be a great holiday, where every child can find activities they enjoy, and form a trusting bond with at least one leader. He also believes that camp should be a place where children get to think about God and the Bible for themselves, where leaders learn from each other, and where children who’ve chosen to follow Jesus are encouraged through day-to-day discipleship.
Deuan’s favourite thing about camps is chat − round the dinner table, on the windowsill, on the minibus, on the ropes course, and (occasionally) in the middle of the night, when campers won’t go to sleep. Basically, he loves to chat!
Rod Morrison - Senior Football
Born and brought up in Glasgow, Rod spread his wings and migrated to Kirkintilloch (around 10 miles from Glasgow) via Paisley around 20 years ago. He is married to Ruth, and has two not-so-young-anymore children.
Rod’s background is in business planning and strategy (exciting stuff!) and he spent around 11 years running the central administration of the Free Church. He now enjoys being his own boss as a freelance business consultant which has lots of amazing perks like agreeing to give himself a week’s holiday to run the Senior football camp. Rod – loves - football (although, as a Scotland and St Mirren fan, football does not appear to love Rod).
However, Rod also loves the opportunity that camp presents to share, in a relaxed way, what the Bible teaches about Jesus and what it really means to be a Christian. He also recognises how important it is for campers who don’t have many Christian friends to be encouraged by spending a week with other Christians. He prays that 2017 will be another fantastic year for Free Church Youth Camps!
Susan Maclean - Kincraig Girls
Susan MacLean lives in Aultbea with her husband Murdo. She has two grown-up children and a small granddaughter.
She has worked for many years in youth work throughout Skye and Wester Ross and now is now the Family Worker in Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church. Youth camps are a highlight of Susan's year -she takes children away for a weekend in May, a week in October and also for the summer camps.
She has seen many girls coming to summer camps over the years - some years she has run two summer camps! She even cooked at the Senior Boys Football camp one year! She loves meeting new campers, as well as reuniting with previous campers, but Susan's favourite part of camp is sharing the Gospel with the girls and hearing their singing -it is so special!
Howard Stone - Oswestry Junior 1
Howard Stone is minister of the most northerly Free Church in Scotland, in the village of Castletown. He’s married to Christine and they have six grown-up children, all of whom have been leaders with him at camp (or assistant cook, in Christine’s case).
Howard went to only one camp as a camper, but has lost count of the number of camps he’s been involved in as a leader. Camp is such good fun and such a wonderful opportunity to share the Good News of God’s love for us that he keeps coming back.
Howard enjoys sports, such as football and squash and one daughter and one son share his enjoyment of motorcycling.
Howard started his working life as a biochemist but, as a result of being asked to be in charge of a camp, God made it plain that He wanted Howard to be a minister. Camps have been an important part of Howard’s life over the years. He’s seen God at work through them, changing young people’s lives, and he loves to be a part of that work.
Andrew Martin - Oswestry Junior 2
Andrew Martin is 34 and was born in Greenock. After collecting two university degrees in Aberdeen, he now lives in Drumnadrochit with his wife, Susanna, and sons, James and Daniel.
Andrew has been a nurse for nine years, and currently works in A&E in Inverness. He is passionate about politics, books and music; his punk rock band once played a headline gig in Stornoway to an audience of five. He is terrified of moths and his favourite ice cream flavour is cherry.
Andrew has been involved in leading camps since 2000, and is deeply committed to the work of Free Church Youth Camps. He and his team aim to provide a week where everyone feels included, everyone has vast amounts of fun, and everyone has the chance to hear the Gospel in a way they can understand.
Laura MacGillivray - Oswestry Junior 2
Laura MacGillivray returned to her home town of Fort William, where she met her husband, Andrew, after studying nursing in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. She is now an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in A&E in Fort William and an assessor for the UK Rescue Organisation.
Laura is on the musical team at her home church in Kilmallie, and helps run a café there, too. She loves baking, anything competitive, and all things glittery. She met Andy Murray in 2016 and would like it noted that (at the time of writing) he has not lost a match since they met!
Laura has been involved in nearly 30 camps − originally as a camper, then as a team member, and for the last few years, as team leader. She loves her team; they have all been blessed with such a variety of skills and strengths, so that, together, they provide a full-on week of fun, focussed around the reason they are all there … Jesus!
Niall & Emma Lipp - Kincraig Kids
Niall is from Alness, but he emigrated south, first to Aberdeen and more recently to the Black Isle. He is married to Emma and they have three children, Alasdair, Joanna and Catherine, and a dog, Skye.
Niall works as a chimney sweep covering the whole of the Highlands. He became a Christian when he was about 17 years old, and although he was never a camper, he has been to quite a few camps as a leader. He enjoys most aspects of camp, but especially the opportunity to speak to others about faith in Jesus.
Emma is originally from Wick. She went to camp every year when she was young enough to go, and began leading at camp aged 19. (Her first camp was in 1986 in Nethybridge and it cost £32!).
Emma, who first met Niall in Halls of Residence at Aberdeen University in 1994, is a secondary teacher, who teaches now and then, but mostly looks after Niall and the family. She is also involved in Fortrose Free Church, where she especially enjoys Bible Study and hosting YF. Having led at camps from 2000 − 2003, Niall and Emma are now in their second year of leading Kincraig Kids. They are really excited about leading camp, and are looking forward to meeting the children, and spending a week with them sharing their faith in Jesus.
Andy & Caireen Roberston - Oswestry Senior
Andy and Caireen Robertson live in the bustling city of Dundee where they are involved in a new church plant in the Charleston area of the city. Caireen is a primary school teacher. Together they have been to many camps over the years, both as campers and leaders, and are really excited to be leading the Oswestry Senior camp this summer.
Andy and Caireen love spending time with friends and family. They’re passionate about getting to know the Bible and exploring our relationship with God.
Making camp a wonderful experience for young people is their prayer; they want their campers to leave with a real love for the Bible and a better understanding of who God is.
Calum ‘Honda’ & Christina MacMillan – B.A.S.E. Camp
Honda and Christina met when they were studying in Edinburgh and have been married since 2012. Honda is the minister of Rosskeen FC and Christina is a community nurse in the local area. Together, they led the Oswestry Senior Camp for six years but had a burden for discipleship among young adults in particular and so B.A.S.E. Camp was born.
Now, in their second year of B.A.S.E. Camp, they believe passionately in the power of the Gospel to change lives and hope that the Lord might be pleased to use camp, even in a small way, to help people come to know Jesus and/or grow in their relationship with Him.
In their spare time, they love to watch movies, read and spend time with their friends. Honda, apparently, has some awesome jokes!
Matthew Hunt - Junior Football
Matthew Hunt hails from Inverurie originally, but has been living in Renfrew with his lovely wife Rachel (Camp Cook) for quite a long time now. Matthew and Rachel first met in 1985, at a Free Church Youth Camp and they were leaders on the Hillwalking Camp for many years before taking the reins of the Junior Football Camp 11 years ago. Their children, Grace, Adam and Hannah spent their childhoods helping mum and dad prepare for camp. Hannah has been so inspired by Matthew and Rachel, that she is now the depute Team Leader of the Junior Football Camp.
Matthew would admit that he’s more of a rugby guy than a football guy, but he loves sharing the Gospel with the campers. Rachel says that hearing the Junior Footballers singing God’s praises at worship time is the highlight of her year.
Murray and Donna Graham - Comrie Kids
Murray and Donna Graham, who married in the summer of 2017, are both from Stornoway, but now live in Inverness. Murray is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Donna is an architect, and both are active members of Greyfriars and Stratherrick Free Church, where Murray gives the children’s talks and Donna is involved in their youth work.
Donna attended camps in her early teens and believes they had a huge impact on her, setting the foundations for her coming to faith in her early twenties. Murray became a Christian in 2008 and has been on the team at Comrie Kids camp for the last five years.
They are both really looking forward to taking over the reins as Team Leaders at the 2018 Comrie Kids camp, and have countless ideas for keeping their campers engaged and entertained while learning more about Jesus.