Meet the team
We have a team of ministry leaders who oversee the running
of different aspects of church life.
Maki - Minister
Having encountered the good news of Jesus through the faithful work of missionaries to his country of birth, Albania, Maki had a call to ministry since his teens. Meeting Ruth in Albania as a missionary they served together until returning to UK in 2009. Maki studied at Bristol Baptist college, starting at Cairns as a minister in training in Sep 2010. He was appointed as full-time minister and team leader in July 2013 and together with Ruth and their three children lives in Westbury Park.
His passion is for people to encounter the transforming gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His focus is on building up a community of wholehearted disciples of Jesus whose lives have been changed, restored and released to reach others with the message of the Good News of the Kingdom.
He says: "The good news of Jesus is the best news you will ever hear. If you would like to know, understand and connect with our amazing God who has created you, loves you and invites you to a life of adventure with Him- then I would love to chat with you.”
Jonty - Youth Worker
Jonty joined Cairns as one of the young people, and has loved the privilege of being the Youth Worker here for the past 5 years. Alongside Jesus, Jonty deeply loves his football, cricket and his wife (!), as well as working with young people across Bristol
Ruth - Family & Community outreach co-ordinator
Ruth loves everything creative! She joined the team at Cairns in 2017 as the café manager, she now oversees our community ministry from regular mid week groups to one off events for schools, as well as overseeing our Sunday children's work. She is passionate about using creativity to support wellbeing, bring community together and explore or deepen faith. When not at Cairns she enjoys spending time with her Husband and 15-year-old son (and their 2 cats!)
Emma - People, Safety & Policy Officer
Oversight for policies and guidelines that are supporting our employees and volunteers in church in order to ensure they can be actively fulfil their roles in a healthy and safe way.
Karen - PA to the Minister
She works with Maki to manage emails, schedule appointment, prepare agendas and papers, and take minutes of church meetings, along with DBS oversight.
Anthony - Caretaker
Anthony is responsible for the routine cleaning and maintenance of our church building, including dealing with repairs.
Sophie - Noah's Ark Pre-school Practice Manager
Sophie is married and a mother of three boys. She loves the outdoors and connecting with people.
Jane - Noah's Ark Preschool Practice Manager
Bio coming soon
Dush Duzniak - Designated Safeguarding Person
Judy Cordell - Designated Safeguarding Person
Our dedicated team of elders and trustees
support the vision and running of Cairns.