Paula Gooder is an Associate Tutor at St Mellitus College in Biblical Studies. She is a freelance writer and lecturer. After studying in Oxford, she spent 12 years in theological education (first at Ripon College Cuddesdon and then at the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, before making the move to freelance work. Her recent publications include Searching for Meaning: An Introduction to Interpreting the New Testament (SPCK, 2008), The Meaning is the Waiting: The Spirit of Advent (Canterbury Press, 2008), LentWise: Spiritual Essentials for RealLife (CHP, 2008). She is Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral. She is a Reader in the Birmingham Diocese. She is a member of General Synod, the Archbishop's Faith and Order Advisory Group, the Women Bishop's Legislative Drafting Group and the Ministry Division's Quality in Formation. She lives in Birmingham with her husband Peter and two daughters Susie and Ruth.
Pete Greig is an Associate Tutor at St Paul's Theological Centre. He also heads up 24-7 Prayer, an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice, serves as the pastor of Emmaus Rd Community Church in Guildford and as Director of Prayer at HTB. He studied Theology and Sociology at the University of Greenwich and became a keyworker for adults with profound Learning Disabilities. Pete and his wife Sammy later planted two churches focused on the emerging culture before 'accidentally' starting the 24-7 prayer movement. Pete's published works include 'Red Moon Rising', 'PunkMonk: New Monasticism and the Ancient Art of Breathing' and 'God on Mute'. He says that Portsmouth FC regularly moves him to prayer.
The Right Revd Ric Thorpe is Tutor in Church Planting at St Mellitus College and Bishop of Islington. He has worked in various roles including assistant to the evangelist, J John, marketing manager with Unilever, worship leader and curate at Holy Trinity Brompton. Most recently, Ric led a church plant to St Paul’s Shadwell in London’s East End in 2005. St Paul’s Shadwell has itself planted two further Anglican churches in 2010 in urban priority areas in the same area of London. Ric has a wider role as Bishop of London’s Advisor for Church Planting and works with church leaders around London and the UK in the preparation and early phases of church planting. He studied Chemical Engineering at Birmingham and Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Ric is married to Louie and they have three children, Zoe, Barny and Toby, and a dog called Tasha.
Tim Sudworth has been working as a leader in the Anglican Church for nearly 20 years, in areas of youth, children and mission covering most of the country, the last six of those years as a Vicar. He has MA in Theological Education with a particular interest in preaching, mission and leadership. He has spoken and trained on leadership and mission in such far flung places as America, Australia and New Zealand. He has co-authored several books on prayer and mission and enjoys all avenues of learning. In his spare time he is the husband of one wife, father of four children, owner of one dog and plays rugby for Egham and Surrey, occasionally.
Revd Dr Bob May is a fifteen-year youth worker, ten-year youth work trainer and eight-year vicar in west London. He is the QPR Club Chaplain and a Director of a community interest company in Cornwall, which offers local young people surfing as a form of social education. His doctoral studies looked at the overlap between theology and informal education. This helped to establish informal education as lying at the heart of the youth worker’s vocation and practice. Bob teaches a module on Family Children and Young People as a part of the Ministry Skills Unit at St Mellitus College.
The Revd Canon Ian Parkinson is Associate Lecturer in Professional Practice at St Mellitus College and teaches on the MA in Christian Leadership at the Liverpool Campus. After studying Law at the University of Durham, he trained for ordination in Oxford and has a degree in theology from London University. Ian has been involved in Church Leadership for more than thirty years and has a wide experience of growing local churches in a variety of different contexts as well as overseeing church planting initiatives. Ian is New Wine Regional Director for the North of England, and has an extensive ministry in mentoring and coaching younger and emerging leaders. Ian works at CPAS. He is married to Nadine, who works for Tear Fund, and they have three adult children. He loves to relax by playing cricket, walking, reading, gardening and cooking.
Revd Tiffany-Alice Ewins is an Associate Tutor at St Mellitus College. She is also a priest in the Southwark Diocese. Tif read Theology at Oxford, was trained for ordination at St Mellitus College, and has a Masters in Theology Politics and Faith Based Organisations from King’s College London. She was ordained deacon in 2013, priest in 2014 and served her curacy at St Paul’s Brixton. She is an active supporter of International Justice Mission and is interested in the work of Citizens UK as a way for churches to better love their neighbours. Tif’s vocation also centers on her four children aged 13, 11, 8 and 5 and her husband, James who is a family law QC and an abolitionist.
Revd Jess Swift is Associate Tutor at St Mellitus College. She is also the Associate Vicar at St Andrew's Church, in the Barnsbury Team in Islington. This has been the perfect place to develop her passion and interest in collaborative, inner city ministry. Jess is originally from the East Coast of Canada and did her first degree in Forestry and Environmental Management. She trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. She has been living and ministering in the East of London for fifteen years. She is also the Dean of Women's Ministry in Stepney. Jess is committed to the encouragement and development of all vocations, and most recently has been considering the shape of female entrepreneurial leadership in the church. Jess loves living in London, bouncing on the trampoline with her godsons, and a good cocktail.
Nicholas Henshall is the Dean of Chelmsford. He was born and grew up in Manchester. After nine years as a student in Athens, Oxford and Rome he was ordained deacon in 1988 (priest in 1989). He served his curacy in a Northumbrian mining town, and was then vicar of an extreme inner-city parish in Newcastle for ten years. Nicholas then served for six years on the staff of Derby Cathedral, where he also worked for BBC Radio Derby. He became vicar of Christ Church, Harrogate in 2008, where much of the work focussed on managing change in a large church and building new community networks. During his last year there he was also acting Archdeacon of Richmond. He came to Chelmsford in February 2014. As Dean, he leads the Cathedral community and exercise a ministry across Essex and East London. Nicholas has a strong liturgical background, with particular interests in renewing daily prayer. He is a regular guest presenter on BBC Essex and writes regularly for the Roman Catholic weekly The Tablet. Nicholas is married to Christine, who is an English teacher, and they have three grown up children.