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 Acting Principal 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.
Dr. Jonny Woodrow
Jonny is pastor of The Crowded House in Loughborough and a Crosslands faculty member. He is married with four children and is co-author of Ascension: Humanity in the Presence of God.
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.
Acting Principal at Oak Hill College. Dan is one of the two faculty member representatives on the board, with particular expertise in the academic processes and systems required for rigorous theological education.
Operations Vice Principal at Oak Hill College. Tim has particular expertise in the operational management of theological institutions.
Lead Pastor at The Crowded House Loughborough and former Director of The Porterbrook Network. Jonny is the second faculty member representative on the board, with particular expertise in developing the Flexicademy approach to theological education.
Senior Manager at Virgin Money and a Director of the Eaga Trust. Jen is an organisational consultant with a long history of activity in both the Christian and secular worlds. She has particular expertise in organisational development, structures and HR.
Sarah trained as a nurse and is an active member of The Crowded House Church Sheffield. When she’s not keeping Crosslands running smoothly, she’s a member of a church planting team in East Sheffield, married to Tim and enjoys exploring the Peak District National Park.
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.
Graham has an Open University degree and recently completed 3 years of theological study with Porterbrook Seminary. He is married to Dilys and has children and grandchildren. He worships at an FIEC church in Rotherham.
Chris studied Geography and Glaciology and joined Crosslands in October 2015 to establish it. Previously a Programme Manager in the Energy Industry, he is Project Director as well as being Chief Operations Officer at Acts 29. He is married to Zoe with 4 children and is part of an Acts 29 church in Loughborough, UK.