Core Team
Dr Paul Coulter, Director

Paul lives in Lisburn with his wife, Gar-Ling, and their two children.  He is Head of Ministry Operations for Living Leadership

Michael Shaw, Deputy Director
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Michael lives in Belfast with his wife, Lauren, and their son, Ezra.  He serves as Associate Pastor in Strandtown Baptist Church.

Rachel Shields, Deputy Director
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Rachel lives outside Belfast with her husband John.  She is a part-time student in theology.

Paul started his working life as a doctor in hospitals and a hospice before leaving  medicine to work with churches as a youth worker and pastor-teacher within his own culture and across cultures.  More recently he was a lecturer in practical theology and missiology and he continues academic work in these areas.  Living Leadership trains and supports Christian leaders across the UK and beyond.


Paul holds primary degrees in medical genetics and medicine, an MA and PhD in theology, and a post-graduate certificate in higher education teaching.  In his spare time he enjoys cycling, walking and reading historical novels.


For more about Paul visit his personal website:

Michael previously worked as a Broadcast Journalist at the BBC in Belfast and as a Media Manager at Procter and Gamble in London.


He holds degrees in Theology from Oxford University and in Law from Durham University. 


Michael is passionate about gospel-centred Bible teaching and apologetics.

Although born in the UK, Rachel spent her childhood in the USA and Canada before emigrating to Edinburgh, Scotland to study nursing. Following her marriage to John and the subsequent births of their four children, Rachel experienced a sudden conversion to faith in Christ. She spent the following years raising her family and studying theology at Belfast Bible College and Cornhill, Belfast.  


Rachel is currently pursuing post-graduate work at St Andrew’s University, studying the interface between Christian faith and contemporary culture. Last year she joined the adjunct faculty at Belfast Bible College, teaching John’s Gospel to the Women’s Study Fellowship. Her other interests include conversational apologetics and reading.