I am currently Director of Ministry for the Diocese of London and have been working in the field of ministry and parish development for around 16 years, first alongside parish ministry and for the last nine years in a full time capacity. As a Church of England priest I have been vicar of two parishes; for ten years in Stoke Newington, Hackney and subsequently for seven years in Twickenham, following a curacy in Bethnal Green. I trained for the Church’s ministry at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. Before ordination I worked as a manager in the Health Service. I gained an MA in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College in 1993 and was awarded a Doctor of Ministry and Theology from King’s College London in 2010; my thesis focussed on the professional development of clergy. In my late fifties, I am married to Debbie and we have two teenage children.
As Director of Ministry I am responsible for the policy and strategy for clergy and lay ministerial training and development, and parish development across London Diocese (around 1,000 clergy and 480 parishes). I coordinate a team of around 30 full- and part-time officers with professional ministry responsibilities. I also undertake a variety of ministry and parish consultancy, including working with parishes on Mission Action Planning and strategic development, residential work with clergy at significant points in ministry and undertaking training and development courses.
Developing in Ministry: A Handbook for Effective Christian Learning and Training (SPCK. 2012)
Parish History Audits co-authored with John Maiden (Grove Booklets. 2012)
Chapter on Chairing Meetings in Developing Faithful Ministers: A Theological and Practical Handbook edited by Timothy J.M. Ling and Lesley Bentley (SCM. 2012)