Staff and Leadership
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!).
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.
Jane Ross and Rosemary Harvey look after church administration and our hall rentals. At present Rosemary may be contacted by phone or email on Mondays and Fridays, 9:00 to 12:30. Contact in person is not possible at this time.
Trustees and Vestry
The Trustees and Vestry support the Rector in the mission of the church and in taking responsibility for the associated legal, financial and practical matters.
Ownership of St Thomas' property is held on behalf of the congregation by three Trustees who also have an important role in supporting the spiritual foundations of the church. They work with the twelve members of Vestry, some of whom are appointed by the Vestry and some elected by the congregation at the Annual General Meeting. Vestry members serve for up to two consecutive three-year terms.
In consultation with the Bishop, the Trustees and Vestry are responsible for the appointment of the Rector when a vacancy occurs.
The church is constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) so the Rector, Trustees and Vestry members all act in the capacity of charity trustees in accordance with the relevant legislation.