St. Stephen’s Comely Bank has a staff team comprising of our minister, our youth worker, our CAP debt centre manager and our staff who care for our premises and the surrounding garden.
Our minister is George Vidits. George has been in full time ministry for over 24 years, with the Church of Scotland and previously with the Reformed Church in Romania. George has been at St. Stephen’s Comely Bank since 2015.
George grew up in Transylvania, Romania during the communist era. George and his family are ethnic Hungarian and his wife, Emma, is Scottish. George believes and preaches that Jesus is the Son of God, that he was born, lived, died and rose again from the dead. Jesus did this so that our sins, however big, may be forgiven. The Holy Spirit remains with us here on earth, so that we may read the bible, pray and know God for ourselves. George encourages members to know and love Jesus as our risen Saviour.
Martin Bethell is our CAP debt centre manager. Martin is married to Ann and lives through in Livingston, but was born in Stoke-on-Trent and became a Christian when he was 16. He was heavily involved in Youth Work and Local Preaching in his local Methodist Church. He moved to Scotland when working for the Lloyds Banking Group Scotland in 1998. He and Ann have four grown up children and 3 grandchildren.
Martin took early retirement from Lloyds in 2014 and helped set up the Bridge Community Project in Livingston and worked as their Money Advice Manager. In 2017 he took on a 2-year role with the Salvation Army as their Divisional Debt Advice Coordinator, setting up 6 Debt Advice Centres.
Martin has a real passion for helping people manage their money and control their debt as well as wanting to introduce them to Jesus so that they might know Him as their Lord and Saviour.
CAP (Christians Against Poverty) is a national registered charity that aims to help those in debt. St. Stephen’s manages the Edinburgh North CAP debt centre, funded by members of the church. For more information visit our CAP page.
Tony and Catherine Peckham are the church officer team and together with Moira Mclaren, our wonderful cleaner, they look after our building and all the practical aspects that go into running a large and active church and its halls in Comely Bank.