Meet the team
The people who make it possible
Dr. Tim Chester
Tim is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, and a faculty member of Crosslands. He is the author of over 30 books and commentaries including You Can Change and A Meal with Jesus, as well as being co-author of Total Church.
Dr. Dan Strange
Dan is College Director at Oak Hill Theological College, lecturing in Culture, Religion and Public Theology and part of the Crosslands faculty. With a PhD from Bristol University, he leads a North London church and is married to Elly with seven children. His most recent monograph is For Their Rock is Not as Our Rock: An Evangelical Theology of Religions.
Revd. Dr. Tim Ward
Tim teaches at Oak Hill Theological College and is a Crosslands faculty member, having previously taught at the Proclamation Trust Cornhill Training Course. Before that he was the pastor of a church in Leicestershire. He has written a book on the doctrine of Scripture.
Mel is a leading specialist in Children’s and Youth Ministry. She is executive director of Growing Young Disciples and a faculty member of Oak Hill College
Steve Timmis lives in Sheffield, England, where he is Senior Pastor in The Crowded House. He is also the CEO of Acts 29 and Chair of the Crosslands Board. He has co-authored a number of books with Tim Chester, including Total Church, as well as authoring a couple all on his own – Gospel Centred Leadership and I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That!
Jonathan K Dodson
Jonathan Dodson (M.Div, Th.M) is the founding pastor of City Life Church in Austin, TX which he started with his wife, Robie, and a small group of people. They have three children. He is the author The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing, Raised? Finding Jesus by Doubting the Resurrection, and Gospel-Centered Discipleship. He enjoys listening to M. Ward, watching sci-fi, and going for walks.
CEO of Acts 29 and Senior Pastor of The Crowded House Church in Sheffield. Steve is the chair and the official Acts 29 representative on the Academy Board, with particular expertise on the vision and strategy of the Academy.
CEO of Christianity Explored and member of the Oak Hill College Council. Ian is the official Oak Hill representative on the Board, with particular expertise in finances and operating an international ministry.
College Director at Oak Hill College. Dan is the faculty member representative on the board, with particular expertise in the academic processes and systems required for rigorous theological education.
Originally from Northern Ireland but has worked for many years as church pastor and planter in Paris. He is also Acts29’s European Network Director and travels widely supporting the development of church planting teams and projects throughout Europe.
Oak Hill Rep
Formerly the Operations Vice Principal at Oak Hill College, this position is being filled by Oak Hill shortly.
Acts 29 Rep
Former Trustee Jen Charteris was appointed as Crosslands' COO in summer 2018. This position is being filled shortly.
Jen Charteris: COO
Jen joined Crosslands as Chief Operating Office in May 2018 after more than 25 years working in leadership development and management consulting for government and private sector. Originally from South Africa, she is married to Hugo, a church pastor and planter in Newcastle, north east England, and they have two adult children.
European contextualisation coordinator
Rob and his family have been church planting near Venice in Italy over the last 20 years. Previously coordinating the translation of Porterbrook materials, he now leads Crosslands' European contextualisation activities as well as pastoring his church, Serenissima Ministries.
Catherine Carvel: Academic Registrar & Finance Manager
Catherine qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 and worked in Audit for PWC before joining Crosslands. She is part of Christ Church in Newcastle and married to Phil, one of the Elders. They have three young children.
Beth Butler: Administrator
Beth grew up in Nepal and Sheffield and has always had a heart for global mission. After studying at Newcastle University she spent a year on a church internship before joining the Crosslands team in 2018.