Who we are


Cairn began as a dream in the heart of a few, in a suburban church called Morningside Baptist Church in Edinburgh, and has grown in impetus and vision as the church changed location and name, grew in size and began to reach out in innovative ways.

The Celtic lands are rich in culture, bursting with entrepreneurial spirit, full of passion for God and have been called to influence the nations. These lands have produced revival and revivalists, missionaries and ministers of the Word. But what if God’s not finished with these lands? What if the greatest reformation is still to come, and what if it were to happen in our lifetime? What if we got to do this together?

We have now connected with churches across three key cities (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast) and are building relationships across the Celtic nations. We regularly run Learning Communities for these churches, hoste Taster Days, partner with the Forge training, coach core leaders through huddles and run discipleship training and leadership development courses.


Karl & Niki Martin


Karl and Niki are founders and senior leaders of Cairn. They have led Central, a church in the City of Edinburgh for 10 years They are passionate about equipping, encouraging and releasing individuals in leadership. Together they have 4 daughters who keep them current and humble! Karl has particular responsibility for vision and direction of the team and together Karl and Niki have responsibility of oversight and care of the growing family.

Niki is passionate about the health and wellbeing of people and oversees the Care Ministries at Central. Karl and Niki operate as chief ambassadors for Cairn.

Kay Cathcart

Director of Cultivation

Kay is an experienced trainer and has worked with many Churches over a number of years helping them to discover their missional focus. Kay is a senior leader at Central where she oversees Training, including the Edinburgh Training Hub. Kay is passionate about people, and has a vision to see communities in Scotland and beyond encounter the gospel of Jesus in a real and tangible way. Kay trained as a primary school teacher before spending 7 years with UCCF, working with students. She is married to Stuart, has two young children and loves to spend time on the beach, in coffee shops or round the dinner table with friends and neighbours.

Alan McWilliam

Director of Innovation

Alan is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland and is the primary leader at Whiteinch Church of Scotland. He is also the Director of Forge Scotland - a training and resourcing organisation for new missional expressions of church. Alan has a strong desire to see the Church break out of outdated patterns of Church life and instead create new patterns which will be effective in communicating the gospel to the people of Scotland. He is married to Diane, has two sons, and is a fervent Rangers FC supporter.

Rich Robinson

Director of Renovation

Rich came to faith as a student in Sheffield, becoming a member and later a staff member of Network Church Sheffield. Rich leads 3DM Europe, a ministry working to equip Christian leaders and churches to engage with discipleship and mission, drawing on years of experience in a local context. Rich, his wife Anna and their 3 wonderful children have recently moved to Edinburgh to be part of the Central and Cairn family. He loves nothing better than reading a good book, cheese, wine.

Bronagh Smyth

Cairn Office Manager

Bronagh’s dream is to see the Church become what it was created to be. She loves to see vision become reality and likes nothing better than putting a plan into action. After studying German and Politics at university, Bronagh went on to work for Elephant Juice Food Company, an ethical business based out of Central. As part of her internship, Bronagh is overseeing events and administration for Cairn. When she’s not sipping a flat white, Bronagh can be found cruising the streets of Edinburgh on her skateboard and loves nothing better than good grammar and knitwear.

Making disciples of Jesus,
restoring communities,
transforming society

Centres of Mission


We have established our first centre of mission in Edinburgh, based at Central. Over the past 7 years we have developed an apprenticeship/intern programme which has seen many leaders released into their gifting and calling with the intention of establishing this missional movement. This year we will have 28 people learning through our training hub. We currently have 39 missional communities and 2 further church plants.



The Glasgow centre of mission will launch during 2015/2016 and will be a collaboration between Whiteinch Church of Scotland, Adelaide Place Baptist Church and a new missional community initiative by Central, with a vision to resource and train any who wish to partner with them.


The deadline to apply for Training Hub is Friday! Don't miss out, apply today! https://t.co/iDUiFYVHvm

Applications for Training Hub close on 21 April, get in touch if you want to know more hello@cairnmovement.com https://t.co/ETXQrb6MU4

Excited to be partnering with @247PrayerScot &gathering with others in Edinburgh on Pentecost Sunday 6:30pm… https://t.co/aClw4syuPn

RT @thykingdom_come: "The most important thing I’ve ever done is become a follower of Jesus" - @JustinWelby https://t.co/nYWceZLFz8

RT @johnrdicko: So now it's the end of the @CairnMovement learning day @ChurchCarnmoney and @rickhillni is inviting feedback… https://t.co/dX2eXaABXg


God has given us a vision to see the Celtic Lands transformed by Him. In order to serve that vision, we need to finance it. If you feel like God has captured your heart for this vision too, could you think about financially supporting us?

If you want to discuss what giving to Cairn might look like, please contact us.

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