At present there are five Directors/Trustees of the Sannox Christian Centre; Andy Hall, Stuart Carr, George Hazel, Barbara McNeice and Moira Shirreff. Below you will find a little information about each of them.
Andy serves as the chairman of the Board at Sannox.
Anglican by conversion, conservative evangelical by theological training and charismatic by persuasion and practice, Andy brings a broad range of theological perspective and personal experience to bear on his role with Sannox.
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 – Executive Director
For over 45 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 Christian saints. In 2010 this journey 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 there were Christian people on the island who had been praying for same vision for many years. Since the charity established Sannox Christian Centre in 2012 amazing things have happened to confirm that fact and enable the centre to be developed.
My wife, Fiona, and our family have been visiting Arran for over 30 years and love the island and now we have a house in Corrie. I split my time between Edinburgh and Arran managing the centre on a day to day basis with our staff and promoting the centre with other churches and organisations on the island, across Scotland and beyond.
In terms of my background, I was brought up in Baptist churches in Rosyth and Dunfermline and am now a member of Central Church in Edinburgh. My main area of ministry is leading worship. I play the guitar and Fiona plays the piano. We have three children and four grand-children.
I graduated as a civil engineer and have practiced in the public and private sectors and as an academic in transport policy and planning. I now work as a self-employed transport planner. I am also a Trustee/Director of Whitebeam Housing Association, a partnership between the United Reformed Church, Scottish Churches Housing Action and Sannox Christian Centre and Try Praying.
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 growing up, I attended Old Gourock Parish Church with my family, and responded to the Gospel at the age of 11, when I attended a summer camp run by the local Brethren Churches.
I was baptised in George Square Baptist Church, Greenock on my 16th birthday and spent many summer holidays during my teenage years on beach mission teams at riverside towns on the shores of the 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 active members of Moortown Baptist Church.
On returning to Scotland in 1987 we attended 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, chaired the Evangelism Group and was involved in All Age Worship Services. I chaired the organising group for an outreach initiative for the year 2000 – “Make the Connection”. This involved four churches – Barclay C of S, Craiglockhart C of S , St Catherine’s Argyle, C of S and Morningside Baptist working together – to share the Good News of Jesus in our local communities.
After a move to Colinton, on the south side of Edinburgh, my husband Gordon and I joined Colinton Parish Church where I serve on the Welcome Team and as a Church Visitor. I’m also involved in leading Prayer Space, a weekly prayer gathering and I’m part of the leadership team of our Lent and Autumn Bible Study Groups. In January 2018, I was appointed to the post of Pastoral Care Development Worker at Colinton and as part of my work, have trained to be a Christian Celebrant.
In 2011, a friend, George Hazel shared with us a vision God had given him, to create a place of prayer and worship where people could come and find rest and be refreshed and restored in the presence of the Living God. The amazing vision struck a chord and over these past years it’s been a tremendous privilege to be part of the ongoing journey of the development of God’s plans for Sannox Christian Centre.