At present there are five Trustees of the Sannox Christian Centre Stuart Carr, George Hazel, Barbara McNeice, Moira Shirreff and Ken Burns. Below you will find a little information about each of them.
Stuart Carr – Director of Building Works
I first heard about the Sannox project when George Hazel approached me in 2012. The whole concept struck a chord with me and it has been exciting to watch the pieces falling into place one after the other. The opportunity to design something of a unique nature for a Christian organisation and for God’s glory is extremely rare and I have felt challenged, inspired and privileged since starting work on the design. The symbolic ideas generating the plan form and the references to early Celtic architectural forms, particularly the centrally located Beehive Chapel, have been counterbalanced by a contemporary and forward looking approach in the construction detailing and environmental and energy strategy which will ensure energy conservation, low carbon emissions and responsible sourcing of materials. I believe that this building, the Sannox site and the wonderful Arran setting will be a source of blessing to many in the years to come.
In terms of my professional life I have run my own architectural practice since graduating from Dundee University in 1984. I have won a number of architectural commendations and awards, primarily for housing design, including a Saltire award for my own house in rural Angus. In 1989 I was placed first in the Regeneration of Scotland Design Awards for my work on the restoration, conversion and extension of Stirling Baptist Church. In recent years I have headed up luxury hotel and major housing regeneration projects in London. I am an active member and lay preacher in Strathmore Christian Fellowship in my home town of Kirriemuir where I sing and play violin as part of the worship team
Dr George Hazel OBE – Chairman
For over 25 years I have felt the call from God to establish a Christian centre for prayer and worship in Scotland based on the principles followed by the Celtic saints of old. This journey has led me to Arran and the congregational church at Sannox. As I sensed that this was finally the place where such a centre was to be established I discovered that a number of Christian people on the island had been praying for the same thing for the same length of time. Over the past few years amazing things have happened to confirm that fact and enable the centre to be built at Sannox.
My wife, Fiona, and our family have been visiting Arran for over 30 years and love the island. We are looking forward to spending more time with the communities and churches on the island.
In terms of my background, I was brought up in Baptist churches in Rosyth and Dunfermline and am now a member of Morningside Baptist Churchin Edinburgh. My main area of ministry in the church is leading worship on a Sunday. I play the guitar and Fiona plays the piano. We have three children and three grand-children.
I graduated as a civil engineer and have worked in the public and private sectors and as an academic at EdinburghNapierUniversity. I now work as a self-employed transport and city planner based in Edinburgh having just retired as Chairman of MRC McLean Hazel, a Canadian owned company, on 31st December 2011. This new arrangement will free up my time for the development of Sannox Christian Centre.
Barbara McNeice – Secretary and Arran Coordinator
My relationship with Arran began as a small child, with an annual family exodus from the city to spend long – always sunny – summers at Machrie. Blessed and welcomed by the people and sharing their way of life in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings, I experienced a sense of community, and shared work, unfamiliar to many City dwellers. Hospitality was offered selflessly and wholeheartedly received.
As a teenager I trained in Public Relations and Publicity in Glasgow, before marrying and moving to live on Arran in 1976. Our family has grown and multiplied, and our love of the sea, the land, and the people has continued to give my husband Ronnie and I a deep rooted sense of belonging. Two of our three children, and three of our four grandchildren, continue to live on the Island.
Craftwork, needlework and child-minding on the Island became my way of life while rearing my family. Offering holidays through the WRVS to disadvantaged children from the mainland was my impetus to train as a Social Worker.
Studying while working and raising a family took some determination. I then worked in some of the more challenging Statutory Social Work areas of Criminal Justice and Mental Health. I am a trained volunteer in ‘Healing Rooms’ and ‘Sozo’ ministries both of which seek to restore people to wholeness.
I first worshipped in Sannox in the 1980’s. The history and unrealised potential of Sannox intrigued me and I was drawn to keep going back.
The dream and vision for restoration of ‘what was’ has grown and developed through the years. It has gained momentum, and is now about to burst into life, giving opportunity to impact on the destiny of this generation. For me the opening up again of that place of hospitality, creativity and blessing founded upon prayer at Sannox is a dream come true.
My vision is for Sannox, once again, to be a dwelling place for God and all people.
As a child, I attended the local parish church in Gourock with my family, and came to know the Lord Jesus at the age of 11, when I attended a summer camp run by the Brethren Churches in the area and heard and responded to the gospel during that week.
I was baptised in George Square Baptist Church on my 16th birthday and spent many summer holidays during my late teenage years and into my 20s on beach missions mainly at towns on the shores of the River Clyde.
In the early 1980s, after a move to Edinburgh, my husband and I were involved in St Thomas Church in Corstorphine and then following a move to Leeds we became members of Moortown Baptist Church.
On returning to Scotland in 1987 we joined Bearsden Baptist Church for a few years before returning to Edinburgh, this time to Morningside in 1990. During the 1990s I served as a deacon at Morningside Baptist Church and was involved with the Evangelism Group.
After a move to Colinton, on the south side of Edinburgh, my husband Gordon and I joined the local Parish Church where I serve as a Church visitor. Gordon and I have grown up children and step children, Fraser, Claire, Gordon and Innes.
Almost six years ago, George shared with us the vision he had to create a Centre based on prayer and worship of the Lord Jesus. The amazing vision struck a chord and over these past few years it’s been a tremendous privilege to have been part of the ongoing journey of the development of God’s plans for Sannox Christian Centre – a place where denomination, position, status or background doesn’t matter – a place where anyone can find rest and restoration in the arms of the Living God.
Ken was brought up in a Christian family, and soon became very involved in running Portrack Baptist Church in Stockton-on-Tees, eventually as a deacon and church secretary. It was during this period that Ken first met Roy Searle, another Board member, when Roy took up his first pastorate at Portrack!
Later, after moving to Wensleydale, Ken experienced the “Toronto blessing”, became a Kinship leader in the North Yorkshire Vineyard, and after some years, the pastor of the Dales Community Church.
Ken moved to Arran in 2003, and has been involved in Christian work on the Island, but specifically at Sannox from the beginning.
Ken is married to Jackie, and despite being “retired”, both are very busy, Ken particularly with part time consultancy work as a chemical engineer.