The Christians in Schools Trust was established in 1993 after some local people saw the importance of a continuing local schools work in the borough of Stockport. The Trust was set up with the help of Scripture Union and has been growing ever since! We are associated to Scripture Union which provides The Trust with vital support, expertise and resources.
The Trust has had several Schools workers since its inception and all have brought differing skills and personalities, but all have had the same heart – to encourage Christians to make a difference, to share God’s love and to serve the schools of Stockport by giving the best that they can.
In September 2003, The Trust expanded to first 2 workers then 3, Sue Mayo, Andrew Phillips and Jonathon Wilson. In 2010 we partnered with The Heaton’s Churches Partnership and Linda Lanigan joined the team. In October 2014, Linda was appointed to work 15 hours per week for the wider CiST ministry taking the lead in our projects. She continues to work a further 20 hours a week for the Trust where her hours are financed by the Heaton’s Churches Partnership who jointly manages her in this role.
In January 2014 after Sue left, the Trust appointed Karen Beal as the new Team Leader. Andrew left the Trust in August 2014 to train as a Baptist Minister. Duncan Candler joined as Secondary School worker in 2014 (check date)
Both Karen and Duncan moved on to other roles in Christian service in December 2015 and Emma Hinds joined in 2016 as our new Senior Leader.
Later in 2016, we welcomed Andy Wisdom and Joe Burgess as Secondary School worker and Primary School worker respectively. In the summer of 2017, Joe moved on to another position and we found ourselves hiring once again. The Trust decided to expand beyond 3 workers and hired both Jill Elston, for the role of Primary/heatons worker, and Josh Openshaw for the role of Primary worker ready for start of term in 2017.