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Meet the team

The people who make it possible

Faculty

 

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 Lacy

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

 

 

Trustees

 

Steve Timmis

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.

Ian Roberts

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.
 

 

Dan Strange

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.

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Philip Moore

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. 

 

 

Tutors

 
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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.

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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.

 
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Neil Todman

Neil is a church planter working in South Bristol.  He is currently the senior pastor at Headley Park Church, which is a church revitalisation, trying to reach two predominately white, working class, communities with the gospel.  Before retraining for church work, in his twenties Neil worked as a history teacher.  After completing his training, Neil was bi-vocational for a number of years working as a lecturer in education at the University of Bristol and then as an adviser for a number of local secondary schools trying to raise pupil performance at GCSE.  Neil's first wife, Elaine, died of bowel cancer in the summer of 2015.  Neil remarried in April 2018 and he and Susan have the privilege of raising two teenage sons, Isaac and Oscar. To relax Neil enjoys reading historical fiction, walking in the countryside, and watching his sons play cricket for a local village team.

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Ralph Cunnington

Ralph is married to Anna and they have three children: Sophie, Zach and Jacob. Ralph became a Christian shortly before going to university in 1996. After seven years working as a university law lecturer he trained for pastoral ministry at WEST and Westminster Seminary London and was then Assistant Pastor at Aigburth Community Church, Liverpool. Ralph is on the Steering Group of City to City UK, he represents the FIEC on the Council of Affinity and is also on the Board of UCCF: the Christian Unions. Ralph is passionate about church planting and convenes Plant North and co-hosts (with Mike Tindall) the Planters Collective in Manchester. Ralph recently authored a book on Word and Spirit in preaching titled Preaching with Spiritual Power (2015, Mentor). When he hasn’t got his hands full looking after his children or pastoring the church he enjoys playing squash and watching cricket and football.   

 
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Stephen Childs

Stephen grew up in Limerick in the Republic of Ireland where he had the privilege of growing up in a Christian family, hearing the gospel, and learning that small churches are messy and beautiful. After time in the UK and Dublin, including studies at Oak Hill College, he moved back to the West of Ireland in 2012 to lead a church planting team in Castlebar. He currently serves as pastor of Calvary Church Castlebar and is a board member of the Calvary Mission network. He is married to Nikki and has 4 children. Playing the violin in a local orchestra fills up whatever spare time is left!

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Liam Garvie

Liam first pastored a church in St Andrews but currently serves the church family at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh.  He's responsible for, and passionate about, preaching, discipleship and ministry training.   

 
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Duncan Woods

Duncan is the pastor of Trinity Church Sunderland -  a church revitalisation in the middle of the city centre affiliated to the FIEC.  Duncan is married to Laura and they have four sons.  Duncan was a history teacher before church ministry. He went on to train at Moore Theological College in Sydney and Oak Hill College, London. Duncan is a fan of almost any sport and a cricket tragic in particular.

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Colin Creighton

Colin is the pastor of Carrickmacross Baptist Church in the Republic of Ireland. He has completed studies at Oak Hill Theological College and the Irish Baptist College. He is married to Tanya and has three daughters, Lola Rose, Maddie and Pippa.

 
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Jonathan West

Jonathan works with Bethesda Evangelical Church in Brampton, Cumbria. He worked for nearly 30 years in the computer software industry before entering full-time ministry, studying with Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy (the forerunner to Crosslands Seminary).

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Reuben Hunter

Reuben is the pastor of Trinity West Church in Shepherd’s Bush, West London. He is married to Louisa and they have four young children.

 

 

Staff

 
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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.  

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Rob Krause:
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.

 
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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.  

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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.