The vision of the Trust is to fund the training of gospel workers who will share the good news of Jesus Christ with the people of Scotland.
Since its launch the Trust has focused on promoting Ministry Apprenticeship and Minister in Training Programmes in churches and funding individuals on such programmes. We’d be happy to come and talk to you or a group from your church about training in your church.
Robin Sydserff is the Chairman of the Bonar Trust. He is minister of Chalmers Church Edinburgh and was formerly Director of Ministry at The Proclamation Trust in London.
Paul Clarke is minister of St Andrews Free Church and was formerly on the Senior Staff at St Helen’s Bishopsgate in the City of London.
David Vardy is a former Chairman of Trustees for Stewardship, IVP, and Blythswood Care.
Neil MacDonald worked for HMRC and is a member of Chalmers Church Edinburgh.
Alan MacKenzie is an actuary and Elder at Chalmers Church Edinburgh.
Norman Martin is a Corporate Partner with Macroberts LLP and is an Elder at Chalmers Church Edinburgh.
Rachel Sloan is Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh. Before this role she was supported by the Trust.
The Trust takes its name from Horatius Bonar, “prince of Scottish hymn writers” and first minister of Chalmers Memorial Free Church. The Trust was established by the present-day congregation in 2009. The congregation has a long heritage of training people for ministry and this commitment was at the root of the church establishing the Trust. The congregation wanted to play its small part as a church, building not only on its heritage but also on its current strengths and strategic location in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.
In August 2010 The Bonar Trust made its first grants to support people embarking on a Ministry Associate Programme.