Drew & Christine Van Tiem

Drew and Christine met in Salford, UK, for a gap year, working with local churches and schools. A few years later, after marrying and living in Chicago in the US, they returned to the UK, this time to Edinburgh to begin their work there. Full of joy and heartache, failures and successes, their time in Edinburgh has made them passionate about the neighbourhood of Leith and seeing people being transformed by God’s love and grown into maturity in Christ.

As well as their local roles in Edinburgh, they are on Communitas’ Staff Care and Development Team. Christine’s role, as TCK caregiver, allows her to use her pastoral and caring gifts – as well as her experience growing up in both France and the US – to help care for the unique experiences of families living in a country other than their passport country. Drew’s role is to help facilitate retreats and foster spiritual formation for our staff.


Leith and North Edinburgh

Staff Role

Project Leads

Time on Staff

10 Years

Drew Van Tiem

Project Lead / Staff Care and Development Team Member


Grass Lake, Michigan

Personal Biography

Originally, from Michigan, I love living in Scotland. I love cycling around Edinburgh, ping pong, hiking in the mountains, and buying more books than I end up reading. I want to go deeper with people than we often do.


Christine Van Tiem

Project Lead / TCK Pastor

Personal Biography

I grew up among worlds – spending time in both France and the US – but am happy to now be settled in Edinburgh.  I have a background in school social work and enjoy working with children and families. One of my favourite things to do is cycle our children around on our bakfiets.