Working Group

John Merson

John Merson: Project Co-Ordinator
John is a qualified Urban Practitioner. His main vision and role is in spearheading social and spiritual renewal through the work of the Lighthouse Support Centre. John is a co-founder of the Lighthouse and has been involved in its development and expansion since it opened in 2003. Previously John worked offshore. He also spent 5 years in Sao Paulo working with street children and developing a prison ministry. He is a passionate fisherman.

Wilma Taylor

Wilma Taylor: Project Co-Ordinator
Wilma is a co-founder of the Lighthouse and co-ordinates women’s support and community outreach. She is a member of the Lighthouse Steering Group and a Prison Fellowship Scotland volunteer. She is a graduate of Aberdeen University, M.A. (Social Sciences) and has previously worked as co-ordinator in social care agencies in the city. Wilma has an interest in compassion outreach, both locally and abroad, particularly with street/slum children in India.

Brian Boyd

Brian Boyd
Brian started volunteering in the Men’s Drop-In at Lighthouse around 12 years ago, after retiring from Grampian Police. Despite his previous employment he has been well accepted by all at the Lighthouse! He believes God prepared him to use that experience in the police to better serve those whom the Lighthouse supports. Brian also forms part of the Lighthouse Steering Group.

Jill McKibben : Support Worker
Jill is one of our Support Workers, focusing particularly on Family work and Addiction support.  She joined the Lighthouse as a volunteer in 2008 and later joined the staff team in 2010. Jill was previously involved with outreach and social action ministry, and has a degree in Social Work from Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen.

Eilidh Pearson: Support Worker/Group Leader
Eilidh is a Support Worker and Group Leader. She joined the Lighthouse in February 2019 having previously worked as a Social Worker for Edinburgh City Council and Aberdeen City Council for 14 years.

Michael Cordiner
Mike has faithfully served in Lighthouse projects, including the Cafe and the Men’s Drop-in, for the last 6 years.  Mike boasts 25 years’ experience in Sales management.

John Fyfe
John has been volunteering at the Lighthouse since 2014, involved with the Men’s Drop-in and Men’s Life group.  With many years of experience as a bank manger, John utilises his knowledge to assist Lighthouse service-users with debt relief and finance management.