Network Core Team
Leader — Keith Short
St John’s Evangelical Church, Linlithgow
Keith has recently taken over the senior leadership at St John’s Evangelical Church, Linlithgow, with 30 years’ experience in full time leadership, working both in evangelism, church planting and leadership training.
In addition to his local church responsibilities, he has chaired the Executive and Council of Evangelical Alliance Scotland, DAWN Scotland, Leaders Together for Scotland and served on the UK Council of the EA. He is the founder and Senior Leader of Scottish Network Churches, a group of some 50 plus congregations that seek to be missional and to plant relevant expressions of church throughout Scotland. Keith is one of the course tutors on Forge, an interdenominational course for radical church planters, as well as serving on the Executive of EA Scotland again.
Keith has a heart for unity and longs to see the church renewed and revived with many people turning to Christ in Scotland. He is married to Becky and they have three grown up children and seven grandchildren.
Assistant Leader — Phil Arbon
Chairman of 2gether Renfrewshire
Phil has helped lead and facilitate the Network for a number of years. He is an itinerant Bible teacher with a passion for preaching and equipping the church. He recently gained a Masters degree in Biblical Interpretation to help sharpen his skills for this ministry.
He also engages locally by being part of Life Church, Paisley and leading 2gether Renfrewshire (encouraging unity and churches working together in the Paisley area).
He is an artist and president of a local art group. Julie, his wife, often joins with him in his travels and they both enjoy walking, canoeing and being Grandparents.
North Berwick Christian Fellowship
Bill is married to Sally and together they have served and led North Berwick Christian Fellowship since 1997 having initially planted the church. They have two grownup sons. Bill enjoys leading worship, reading and seeing people exercising their gifts. He regularly sings and plays (with other Fellowship performers) at a respite unit for individuals with neurological illnesses as well as a local day centre for the elderly.
Sally enjoys people and watching movies. They both enjoy going out on dates (with one another).
Community Church Edinburgh
Rupert moved to Edinburgh in 1989 to study at University (first maths, but later ended up with a theology degree) and has never left!
Most of Rupert’s working time is spent on staff as one of the leaders of Community Church Edinburgh. He is also involved in training leaders of other churches, particularly around issues of conflict in churches and leadership groups, and facilitates groups and leaders, helping them to find healthy ways of working together and discerning God’s leading.
He is married to Pippa, and has three children; Toby, Caspar and Jemimah.
The Mosaic Community
Lecturer in New Testament; Programme Leader, MTh Ministry in an Urban World
International Christian College, Glasgow, Scotland
Wes is married to Cynthia and they have five children and four grandchildren, all raised primarily in Glasgow, Scotland. He grew up as a missionary kid for 17 years in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo where his parents served in medical missions.
After serving as a pastor in the United States, Wes and his family moved to Glasgow in 2001 to start The Mosaic Community, a church-plant of Christian Associates International, where he continues to serve in leadership and teaching.
He holds a PhD in Political Theology from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) and a DMin from Denver Seminary. Wes loves the odd mix of jazz and Gustav Mahler.
James and his wife Yvonne moved to Bishopbriggs Community Church in 2016 with their three daughters and Dalmatian dog, and then they had a son in 2017. James is the Church Leader at BCC, having previously served as the Pastor of Leslie Baptist Church for five years. Before that he was the Team Leader of The Ark, an alcohol free nightclub in Ayr pioneered by twelve churches working in partnership to reach out to the youth of Ayrshire. Originally from Irvine, James studied practical theology at the former International Christian College; he then did Post Graduate alcohol and drug studies at the former Paisley University, before becoming a community drugs worker; he also underwent additional ministry studies at the Scottish Baptist College.
James enjoys spending quality time with friends and family (preferably in the sun!), riding a motorcycle, playing guitar, leading worship, doing theology, fishing and he likes to be politically engaged. He has a special concern for prisoners, addicts and others on the margins of society. James’ passion is to mobilise missionary disciples to see the nation of Scotland transformed by the love and power of Jesus and to go to the ends of the earth with the Good News — the great commandment and the great commission.