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

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.





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

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.


Oak Hill Rep

Formerly the Operations Vice Principal at Oak Hill College, this position is being filled by Oak Hill shortly.


Jonny Woodrow

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.


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.  

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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.


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.