Shore Road, Skelmorlie

North Ayrshire, Scotland

United Kingdom, PA17 5DY


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I have bachelor’s degree in Adult Nursing, having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2004.


I nursed in medical and care of the elderly wards before moving on to work with young people throughout Inverclyde. Working for Inverclyde Peace Initiative, I delivered many workshop shops and one to one sessions in conflict resolution, anger management and assertiveness.


In my other role I work for Faith in Community Scotland as the Local Coordinator for Faith in Throughcare in Inverclyde. I work directly with prison staff and other local agencies to support short term prisoners to make a successful return to the local community. I coordinate a fantastic team of volunteers to provide the best support to our participants.


I am an outgoing individual who thrives on helping people realise their full potential. I have a real passion for working closely with people and allowing them the time and space to make positive choices in their lives.  


My work and life experience has allowed me to develop the skills and qualities to influence and encourage others to make meaningful community and personal connections.  I am a committed Christian who has experienced the life changing power of the Holy Spirit in my own life and look for opportunities to share my experiences with others to encourage them to seek a personal relationship with God.  


It is important for me to be able to use my faith in both my personal and work life in order to demonstrate God’s love for all.  


I am a devoted father to my two sons who I love spending time with and supporting them with their various activities.  


I am also a keen athlete and previously represented Scotland at cross country running and recently returned to the sport and in 2018 won three national medals at the Scottish Veteran Championships. I enjoy an active and abundant life and am extremely blessed to have many supportive friends who I enjoy spending time with.


I feel so blessed that God has given me this opportunity to work closely with the minister and both of congregations of Inverkip linked with Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay with their existing work and look forward to the exciting challenge of developing a new fresh expression of Church in the community.


I feel extremely humbled and privileged to be able to play a part of what God would do in the lives of people in this area.  



Chris Barlas





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