Elders at Chalmers 

The Bible teaches that churches should be led by elders. Chalmers has eighteen elders who provide overall leadership and serve in different ways through the life of the church.

Robin Sydserff, minister, leads the elders. The elders exercise leadership in the church in a number of different ways.  They meet together fortnightly as a group with smaller groups of elders meeting to facilitate specific work.  The different ministries throughout the church are 'elder-led' with specific elders appointed in an oversight capacity to each ministry.  The work of the elders is co-ordinated by Alan MacKenzie in his role as Clerk to the elders. 

Andy Buchan   Roger Day   Iain Devereux   Bruce Foley
Andy Buchan   Roger Day   Iain Devereux   Bruce Foley
Graham Gibb   Calum Gruer 2021 Liam Rotheram   David Laing 01 Print-ready   Alan MacKenzie
Graham Gibb   Calum Gruer   David Laing   Alan MacKenzie
Norman Martin   Joe McNeilly   Jay (2)   Willie Stewart
Norman Martin    Joe McNeilly    Jay Parsons    Willie Stewart
Robin Sydserff   Derek Traynor   David Voge   Chris Wallace
Robin Sydserff   Derek Traynor   David Voge   Christ Wallace

If you would like to contact one of the elders please visit the Contact Us page.



Deacons assist the elders in their leadership of the local church by taking responsibility for the practical matters in church life.

Jessie Bell   Allan Green 2021 Liam Rotheram   Emma Lyon (2) Se, P, W, SM   Mary Robertson Se, P, W, SM sq
Jessie Bell
Pastoral Care
  Allan Green
  Emma Lyon
Health and Safety
  Mary Robertson
Global Mission
Sheila Skedd   Andrew Wright 2021 Liam Rother    
Sheila Skedd
Pastoral Care
  Andrew Wright


Robin Roger

Please find below an introduction to the staff team. To contact a member of staff please click on their name.

Robin Sydserff Robin Sydserff, Minister
Robin’s key responsibilities at Chalmers include preaching, leadership of the Elders and staff team, strategy and pastoral care. 
Prior to coming to Edinburgh in 2009, Robin spent four years as Director of Ministry at The Proclamation Trust in London.
Robin is married to Sally and they have three children - Lucy, David and William. 
Roger Day Roger Day, Associate Minister
Alongside regular preaching, Roger is responsible for small groups and leading the ministry associate programme at Chalmers.   In 2017 he completed his Master of Theology at Oak Hill College, having previously worked for St Helen's Bishopsgate in London.
Roger is married to Jessi and they have two children. 
Jay square Jay Parsons, Associate Minister
Jay oversees work with children and young people, membership and Global Missions at Chalmers.  He has a significant role in pastoral care and is part of the preaching team.  After studying at Oak Hill Jay worked for 10 years on the staff team at Christ Church Banstead before moving to Edinburgh in 2020. 
Jay is married to Jo and they have three children.
Naomi Wright Naomi Wright, Senior Administrator
Naomi spent two years on the Ministry Associate Programme at Chalmers before joining the staff team in August 2015.  Naomi is married to Andrew.
Naomi works Tues, Thurs, Fri 8.45am-4.30pm and Wed 1pm-4pm
Laura square Laura Fischbacher, Administrator
Laura spent two years on the Ministry Associate Programme at Chalmers before joining the staff team in August 2022.  

Pastoral Ministry Group 

Pastoral care primarily happens through Chalmers' small group networks. The pastoral ministry group provide care for people who aren't able to be in a small group or who need additional pastoral support

Robin Sydserff   Jessie Bell
Roger Day   Pat Edwards Se, P, W, SM (3)
Robin Sydserff   Jessie Bell   Roger Day   Pat Edwards
Catherine Gibb   Fiona   Joe McNeilly - square   Jay square
Catherine Gibb   Fiona MacKenzie   Joe McNeilly   Jay Parsons
Sheila Skedd   Sally Sydserff        
Sheila Skedd   Sally Sydserff        

To contact the pastoral ministry group please email Sheila Skedd.