Hello, my name is Peter Barber, I have been the Minister of Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church for twenty-two years. Over the years we have found God leading us into becoming a family of God in the community. We value all who come to events and organisations in the Church and want them, young and old alike, to experience the amazing love of God for them personally. The journey that we are on together since I became the Minister has been one of moving towards a greater openness to God and to one another. We are developing a deeper love for each other and a higher level of faith in God and a stronger commitment to reach out into the diverse community that we serve.
I became a Christian when I was sixteen when, during a time of crisis in my life, I heard a message of how God loved me, and had shown this by sending his Son Jesus to rescue us and give us a new beginning in His family. I put my trust in Jesus as my Saviour, forgiving all my failings, and came to know God as my father, giving me a place in his family, and the Holy Spirit as my enabler, able to take my brokenness and start to make something beautiful out of it. It is that message of the blessings for everyone of being a part of God’s family that continues to inspire my vision of what the Church should be.
I love the Lord Jesus, I owe to him my life, and I long that every man woman and child in our community and in the churches which are in our area, would also come to a knowledge of how much he loves every one of us and would discover the hope and future that he has for us all.
Trevor joined the Ministry Team as Assistant to the Minister in March 2019. This role was designed to assist Rev. Barber meet the pastoral needs of our Parish and to support an effective working relationship with other members of the ministry team. This mainly involves leading or participating in Sunday worship services, conducting funeral services for members of the congregation and those within the parish, as well as sharing in pastoral visits to those at home, in hospital or in residential care.
Trevor studied Theology at International Christian College (Glasgow), New College (Edinburgh) and King's College (Aberdeen). Although, his previous employment experience ranges over different areas, such as business, leadership, training, customer service and social care, he has a passion for serving God by ministering to people and sharing in the life of faith together with the church family.
Trevor has been married to Dandan for 9 years and has two children, Arielle and Theodore.
Children, Youth & Families Outreach Worker
Bettina joined the GDS Church Staff Team in January 2020 as our Children, Youth & Families Outreach Worker. In this role she oversees all aspects of our church's ministry that focus on children, young people and their parents/guardians - this includes, but is not limited to, our Sunday Morning Groups, Evening Clubs, involvement with schools, Mum's Moments and special seasonal services like our Easter Early Morning Service and our Nativity Service, as well as being the first point of contact for children, young people and parents/guardians for pastoral care and support.
Gordon was hired as our Administrative Assistant in November 2015. Since then his role and hours have expanded causing a job-title change to ‘Administrator’.
His role is to provide all manners of support for the rest of the ministry team, and other volunteers within GDS Church.
Gordon can be found at the church office during the week between 9am and 5pm and will also be the one who answers our phone if you call and usually the person to respond to email enquiries also.
If you work as a volunteer in our church and find your ministry or activities involve administrative work that you don’t have the time or skills for, do not hesitate to get in touch with Gordon.