President & Governance

Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin

The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin is President of St Mellitus College and Bishop of Kensington. Graham was a curate in Exeter, Chaplain of Jesus College Oxford, and tutor in Historical Theology at Wycliffe Hall, where he eventually became Vice Principal. He was Dean and Principal of St Mellitus from its beginning in 2007 until 2015. He mainly teaches historical theology, particularly specialising in the Patristic and Reformation periods. He is the author of numerous articles and many books, including ‘The Power of the Cross: Theology and the Death of Christ in Paul, Luther and Pascal’ (Paternoster 1997), ‘The Provocative Church’ (SPCK 2002), 'Luther and his World’ (Lion 2002), ‘ ‘The Prodigal Spirit’ (SPTC 2011), ‘The Widening Circle – Priesthood as God’s way of blessing the world’ (SPCK 2014), Bound to be Free (Bloomsbury 2017) and ‘Luther’s Gospel: Reimagining the World' (Bloomsbury 2017) Graham is married to Janet and has two grown-up children. He is a keen follower of various kinds of music and sport, especially football, rugby and cricket.

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Governing Body
St Mellitus College Trustees
  • Bishop of London
  • Bishop of Chelmsford
  • The Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft
  • Mrs Rebecca Stewart
  • Mr John Ball
  • Revd Jane Freeman
  • Mr Jeremy Jennings
  • The Revd Dr Ben Sargent
  • Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin
Bishop of London
Trustee and Co-Chair of the Board

As a former nurse, Bishop Sarah Mullally had a distinguished service in the NHS before ordination, culminating in her appointment as the Government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, when she was the youngest person to be appointed to the post. She was ordained in 2001 and served her curacy in Battersea, initially as a self-supporting minister. She left her post as Chief Nursing Officer in 2004 to take up full time ministry, becoming a Team Rector in the London Borough of Sutton in 2006. In 2012, she was installed as Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral. Bishop Sarah was consecrated on the 22nd July 2015 at Canterbury Cathedral. She was the fourth woman bishop to be appointed by the Church of England, and the first in the South West, where she was the Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter. Bishop Sarah was confirmed as the 133rd Bishop of London on 8th March 2018. She is a member of the Privy Council and House of Lords, and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery.  Bishop Sarah is also an independent Governor at King’s College London.

Bishop of Chelmsford
Trustee and Co-Chair of the Board

Stephen Cottrell is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team. He has written widely on evangelism, spirituality and discipleship. Among his most recent books are a series of Lent and Holy Week meditations. Stephen was ordained deacon in 1984 and priest in 1985. An ordinand of the diocese of Chelmsford, he served his title at Christ Church & St Paul’s, Forest Hill in the diocese of Southwark, having trained for ordination at St Stephen’s House in Oxford. He went on to become Priest-in-Charge of St Wilfrid’s, Parklands, a small council estate parish on the edge of Chichester, and later Assistant Director of Pastoral Studies at Chichester Theological College. Stephen is a founding member of the College of Evangelists. He has also served on the Church of England’s Mission, Renewal and Evangelism committee. He currently chairs the Church of England’s Religion in Media group.

Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft

The Rt Revd Mark Ashcroft lives in Worsley and is currently Bishop of Bolton in the Church of England Diocese of Manchester. He was born in Rugby and brought up in Cheltenham. He served as curate at Burnage in Manchester diocese from 1982 to 1985 before moving to be a tutor at St Paul’s Theological College Kapsabet in Kenya from 1986 to 1990, and then Principal from 1990 to 1995. He returned to Manchester in 1996 to be Rector of Christ Church, Harpurhey till 2009. From 2009 to 2016 he was Archdeacon of Manchester and Residentiary Canon of Manchester Cathedral. In 2016 he was appointed Bishop of Bolton with responsibility for Church of England churches in Salford, Bolton, Bury, parts of Wigan and Rossendale. Mark leads on Mission and Ministry in the Diocese and is also the Warden of Readers.

Rebecca Stewart

Rebecca Stewart is the founder and CEO of Goldstar Partners, providing executive search and consulting services to clients in the non-profit sector.  From 2003 to 2015 she worked at HTB and Alpha International in a variety of roles, including COO, Chief of Staff, and from 2014, HTB Group CEO. She is also a Trustee of Alpha International and St Paul’s Theological Centre.

John Ball

John Ball is Chief Executive & Diocesan Secretary of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance.  Prior to Chelmsford John was a senior executive at Transport for London, specialising in strategy, asset management and business planning.  John read PPE at Keble College Oxford and took a masters at the University of Westminster.  John is also a Trustee of One YMCA.  John and his family worship at Chelmsford Cathedral.

Jane Freeman

After working for 20 years for London University as a research historian, with a particular interest in church history, Jane was ordained in 2000, and is now a parish priest in Chelmsford Diocese, with additional responsibilities as area dean of Basildon and as a member of Chelmsford Cathedral Chapter.  Before moving to lead a team ministry in south Essex, Jane served in ethnically and socially diverse parishes in south and east London. She has a long-standing concern for all aspects of vocational discernment and ministerial training, having taught on a non-residential course, served as an area warden of ordinands, and enjoyed acting as a training incumbent for curates, including two trained at St Mellitus College.

Jeremy Jennings

Jeremy Jennings is a Chartered Accountant and he sits on a number of charitable trusts and has accumulated a fair amount of experience in the area of governance as a result. He is the chairman of 24-7 Prayer and has considerable experience of corporate prayer in the life of the church. He is author of a book on prayer called ‘The Church on its Knees’ and leads a weekly prayer meeting at HTB.

Revd Dr Ben Sargent

The Revd Dr Ben Sargent is the Priest in Charge of Bransgore and Hinton Admiral, two rural parishes in the Diocese of Winchester. He studied for a DPhil in New Testament Studies at the University of Oxford between 2009-2011 and has a strong track record of research and publication in New Testament and biblical interpretation alongside full-time pastoral ministry and spending time with his large family (seven children!). Ben is the General Synod representative on the board of governors.