Elder elections

Learn more about those standing to be an Elder

At Central we elect elders – members of our church family who are responsible for discerning the vision that God has given us through prayer, conversation and listening to God together. The elders are the trustees of the church and have specific and regulated responsibilities in that regard especially around our finances.

We would like to invite you to our next Church Meeting on Wednesday 23 June at 7:30pm on Zoom.  This will be a chance to gather together to celebrate what God has been doing, hear some updates, vote for those standing for Eldership and pray for our church.

Following a period of nominations and discernment, we have one candidate standing for election and three elders standing for re-election. The Elders have decided to make four places available, which will bring the total eldership to eight.

We will be voting at the Church Meeting to affirm the recommendation from the Elders and Nominations Committee* that all four candidates standing are suitable for Eldership for a 3-year term.

You can find profiles of the nominees below.

*Nominations Committee – Kenny Roy (church member) Andy Harding (Executive Pastor) and Sarah Johnson (Elder)

Join Church Meeting

Standing for election

Duncan Brown

Proposer: Hillery Ingram-Smith
Seconder: Carole Clegg

“I’m Duncan. I’m married to Ruth and have two sons, Philip and Stephen, who are both students. I’ve been committed to Central for 22 years and have been blessed with a variety of leadership opportunities over the years, including co-leading a Community, being a deacon and leading several discipleship groups. I am a palliative care doctor, working at St Columba’s Hospice Care; I lead the medical team and I am part of the senior leadership team there. I am committed to nurturing people and seeing them grow to their full potential.

I’m passionate about discipleship and love Central’s emphasis on the centrality of the word of God, listening to God’s voice and discerning his will. I believe God loves the lost and vulnerable, and Central’s Care ministries and Communities are fantastic ways in which we can serve this city. I have been seeking God’s guidance for how he wants me to serve him and believe he is asking me to take the step of putting my name forward for the eldership election; I am excited to see what happens next.”


Standing for re-election

Gareth Clegg

Proposer: Glenda Wintour
Seconder: Stuart Cathcart

“I am standing for re-election as an Elder as I wish to continue to support the Leadership team in delivering the vision we believe God has given Central. After prayerful personal reflection and discussion with the rest of the team I wish to offer to serve the Church family in the role of Elder for a further term.”


James Cant

Proposer: Glenda Wintour
Seconder: Stuart Cathcart

“I’m standing again because I want to do my bit in helping us be a group of people who follow Jesus and know Him both individually and corporately, that we increasingly become the church he’s calling us to be. I’ve never been more sure that it’s by God’s wisdom and revelation alone that our city can fully flourish, and I want to champion our pursuit as a church of seeing that happen.”


Eddie Backler

Proposer: Glenda Wintour
Seconder: Stuart Cathcart

“I am standing for re-election as an Elder because I love being part of Central and still firmly believe in the vision God has given us together. I am excited to be able to help in seeing it delivered in individual lives. Following Jesus is central in that vision and I continue to know trans- formation in my life as Father God challenges my preconceptions and deals with my pride. I love Jesus and want to love Him more by following His example in committing to model this life transformation.”