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As Principal, Simon has overall responsibility for the running of the college and lectures on all the college programmes. He has taught French and English at Hebron School in India and in the Faroe Islands. He is a graduate of Tilsley College but also holds BA (Hons) in Literary Studies (1985) and Theological Studies (2000) and has an MA in Biblical Studies (2012). Simon served as pastor at Beacon Heath Church for eight years before moving to Prague to serve at the International Church of Prague for three years. He is an elder at Bothwell Evangelical Church. He loves certain types of computer, music, reading, and playing the guitar.


As the Academic Dean, Allan has responsibility for the management of accreditation, assessment and timetabling, as well as lecturing across the college programmes. After quantity surveying he spent 17 years in cross-cultural mission in Tanzania, where he worked with the African church in a range of mission responsibilities finally founding Berea Bible College, Moshi. Allan holds BA (Hons) in Theology (1995), an MTh (2002), an MSc Ed (2008) and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Birmingham. Allan, who is an elder at Greenview Evangelical Church, is married to Jacqui and they have three children and five grandchildren.


Carolyn is a graduate of Tilsley College and also has a BA in Humanities and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She is responsible for maintaining links with the college’s Alumni. She is a member of Selkirk Street Evangelical Church, Hamilton where she also serves part-time as Children and Community worker.


Garry is the college’s Spiritual Development Tutor responsible for church placements and mentoring, as well as lecturing on all the college programmes. He is a graduate of Tilsley College (1992) and holds a BA in Theology with Cross-cultural studies (2010) and MTh in Biblical Interpretation (2013). Garry has also worked in the GLO bookshop (1995-98) and, along with his wife Kim, in mission/ church planting work in the Greater Marseille area, France for 10 years, where two of their three children were born. He maintains some links with France and has developed a growing interest in Eastern Europe. He has an extensive itinerant ministry as well as being a teaching elder in Community Church, Motherwell.


Dorit, who is from the Faroe Islands, is the college Bursar with responsibilities for the student residence and management of college facilities, as well as finances and admissions. Dorit is a graduate of Tilsley College and has worked as admissions registrar in Hebron School in India, as church administrator at the International Church of Prague, as well as other administrative jobs in the Faroes and the UK.  She is married to Simon and they have 2 children and four grandchildren. They are members of Bothwell Evangelical Church.


Sheila is the college librarian. She and her husband Alan served God in Zambia for 21 years where their service focused on church ministry, Bible teaching and literature work. She and Alan are now mainly involved with the work of Brass Tacks. Sheila has 3 grown children and one grandchild, and is a member of Baillieston Gospel Church.


Erika is from Argentina and completed two years of training at Tilsley in 2009. She is involved in various aspects of the academic administration and the organisation of key events in the college year. She is currently following a Masters programme in Church History and maintains a passion for Bible ministry among women. She is a member at Greenview Evangelical Church.


As Practical Ministry Tutor, David has responsibility for managing the practical placements that form an important part of the College’s Certificate and Diploma courses. With a background in the natural sciences and charity management, David was with the Christian charity, Care for the Family, before joining the staff at Tilsley. David is married to Bertha, they have one grandchild and are members of Ebenezer Evangelical Church, Motherwell.



Esther is the college cleaner who keeps the place fresh and sparkling. Esther is married to John and they have four children. Esther and John are members of Liberty Church in Bellshill.  Esther is a keen long distance runner and has completed five marathons so far!


Heather is the cook at Tilsley College and caters for visitors and other groups using the facilities. Heather is a member of Calvary Chapel, Motherwell and serves there also using her gifts in hospitality, and as part of the welcome team.



Mark is a former Principal of Tilsley College and is now GLO Training Director. He and his wife Shirley served as missionaries in Zambia for twenty years engaging in Bible teaching, developing mission, resourcing infrastructure and HIV/AIDS intervention work before coming to Tilsley College. Prior to this, Mark, a native of Swansea, had started a career in engineering having qualified with a BSc from Bath University. Mark completed an MTh (2010) in biblical interpretation. Mark and Shirley have two daughters and three sons.


Allison has a B.Ed and comes from a teaching background.  She currently works in the Administration Department of GLO where she is PA to the General Director, Stephen McQuoid.  Allison is also involved one day a week in schools’ ministry and is a trustee of two children’s charities.


James Hyde is Coordinator for the Church Planting Initiative UK and teaches the Church Planting Unit on the Certificate and Diploma programmes. Until 2010 he worked in the law, both on the High Street as a solicitor and then in-house with a plc as a litigator and mediator and finally as a self-employed consultant. In 2010 he and his wife left their jobs and took their two sons to YWAM for six months, first in Hawaii and then India.  Since his return he retrained as a Mentor and Church Planting Coach.


Stephen is the General Director of GLO Europe and a former Principal of Tilsley College. He has a passion for evangelism and apologetics and a heart for Europe. Stephen is a family man, married to Debbie with three children. He is a prolific reader and writer of books and is regularly invited to speak at national and international events. He is an elder at Liberty Community Church in Bellshill.


Tilsley also invites other lecturers to be part of the teaching; these are all people with wide-ranging experience of church and mission work.

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