Who we are

A movement seeking to empower leaders, equip the church and restore hope

Our mission at Cairn, is to partner with you and help you put in to practice the dreams and visions God has set in your heart, to win your communities for Him.


For us it’s all about Jesus - his life, his example, his kingdom – he is the perfect theology and the perfect leader. We believe these values are his values and we encourage them in one another and those with whom we partner.

We are disciples: Passionate & Purposeful

About Jesus; his Word, Spirit, Kingdom, mission and body.

We are leaders: Catalytic & Courageous

Seeking to reimagine the church and equip others to fulfil the dreams God has given them.

We are family: Empowering & Kind

Believing everybody has the potential to be a disciple maker and build communities of grace.


Karl & Niki Martin

Directors of Covenant Community

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.

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 Alan has a strong desire to see the Church break out of outdated patterns of Church life and instead create new patterns which will be effective in communicating the gospel to the people of Scotland.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.

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.

Making disciples of Jesus,
restoring communities,
transforming society

Centres of Mission


Leader: Scott Brennan

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.



Leader: Fiona Stewart

Fiona is the Creative Director of Foolproof Creative Arts and co-leads the Glasgow Centre of Mission with Alan McWilliam. Fiona worked for 10 years in youthwork before training as an actor. She has subsequently worked as a performer, writer, director and radio contributor, and is passionate about seeing Christian artists flourish. After a number of years at Central, Fiona sensed God’s call to relocate to Dennistoun in the east end of Glasgow, where she leads a missional community as part of Adelaide Place Baptist Church. She brings an ability to connect people, a desire to help ordinary people flourish as missional disciples and a longing for Glasgow to flourish as God’s kingdom is built. In her spare time Fiona loves open water swimming, theatre and telling stories.


RT @johnrdicko: Great to welcome to @ChurchCarnmoney so many people to explore prophetic ministry on a course with @kaycathcart… https://t.co/SHBHAzOMFT

Listening to God then speaking it out & praying it in - many doing it for the first time #brave #prophetichttps://t.co/irdM34RdVz

Expectant for what today holds - investing in our influence in our culture and communities #traininghubhttps://t.co/0kakh89WUd

Hugely inspirational words from @rickhillni at the beginning of our Northern Irish learning community. Let's go!… https://t.co/9ncSWdnjRr

RT @MuddyPearlBooks: SIX WEEKS until @alainemerson will be appearing at @AyeWrite Glasgow - catch him on 16th March talking on… https://t.co/wvlZVOFFIu


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?

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