Rev. Prof. David Wilkinson
David Wilkinson is the President of St. John’s College and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.
Before working in Durham as a theologian, he was a scientist and then a Methodist minister in inner city Liverpool. David’s background is research in theoretical astrophysics, where his Durham Ph.D. was in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions such as the event which wiped out the dinosaurs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has published a wide range of papers on these subjects.
After this research he trained for the Methodist ministry, studying theology at Fitzwilliam College and Wesley House, Cambridge. He then served in a variety of appointments, including a growing church in Liverpool and as Methodist chaplain at Liverpool University.
David arrived in Durham in 1999 and held a Fellowship in Christian Apologetics at St John’s College, and taught systematic theology in the Department of Theology and Religion.
His current work involves the relationship of Christian theology to contemporary culture, from science to pop culture. He has had a long interest in the dialogue of science and religion, especially as it impacts the physical sciences. God, Time and Stephen Hawking (Monarch, 2001), Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe (T&T Clark 2010) and Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (OUP, 2014) are examples of that work. This work forms some of the undergraduate and postgraduate teachings that David does in the department where he teaches modules in science and theology. His second Durham Ph.D. is in Systematic Theology and explored Christian eschatology.
Anthony-Paul Cooper is Research Fellow of the Centre for Church Growth Research, Cranmer Hall, Durham.
Anthony-Paul has a background in social research, with previous research topics including new church use of ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’ space and the use of social media data to better understand church attendance and church growth.
Most recently, Anthony-Paul has edited, with David Goodhew, The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present (Routledge 2018).
Will Foulger, Director of Mission and Evangelism at Cranmer Hall.
Before this he served as curate of a new church plant in the centre of Nottingham, Trinity Church. In 2018 he completed his DThM, entitled, ‘Present in Every Place; The Church of England and the Parish Principle’. Will trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall and before this was a secondary school teacher in Kent. He is married to Vikki, and they have four children, Iris and Joe (7), Jesse (5) and Huck (2). Will loves sports, especially cricket and rugby and, though technically a southerner, feels at home in the North East of England.
Rev. Dr. Rob Haynes
Dr. Rob Haynes, Director of Education & Leadership, World Methodist Evangelism.
Rob is an author, speaker, teacher, pastor, theologian, and missiologist. His work focuses on local and global mission and evangelism, forming disciples for missional service, and leadership development in new and existing church communities. He has a keen interest in fostering new spaces for conversations of faith and culture, is a seasoned mission leader and continues to research the short-term mission movement, in order to discover new ways of engaging in mission and evangelism.
Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Rob lived in both Ohio and Kentucky until moving to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 1991. He completed a BSci in education at the University of South Alabama, an MA in biblical and theological studies at the University of Mobile, seminary training at Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in theology at Durham University in the UK. He is a senior John Wesley Fellow, senior Harry Denman Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow at Durham University in the UK.
Rob’s passion is to help individuals and churches join discipleship with witness, mission with evangelism, and personal with social holiness. He is a fan of reading, fishing, football, basketball, and gadgets. Rob and his wife, Beth, have two teenage children, Joshua and Megan.
Revd Dr Philip Plyming
Revd Dr Philip Plyming, Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham
Having originally studied German and Russian at Cambridge and become a Christian while there, Philip then trained at Cranmer Hall and was ordained in 2001. He served his curacy at an ecumenical church in Basingstoke, during which time he also undertook doctoral study through the University of Edinburgh on the hardship narratives of 1 and 2 Corinthians and their contribution to contemporary Christian communication. He also wrote a Grove booklet entitled Harry Potter and the Meaning of Life, based on a research project started while at Cranmer Hall.
Philip became Vicar of Claygate in the Diocese of Guildford in 2006. During his eleven years in Claygate the church saw substantial growth including a significant number of new vocations, multiplying congregations, and undertaking a church plant locally. Philip also served as Area Dean of Emly from 2012-2017.
Philip is Member of the General Synod from 2009-present and sits on the Council of Reference for CPAS.
Philip oversees the life of Cranmer Hall and is passionate about training men and women to serve the mission of God through leadership in the local church. He loves teaching the Bible to all ages and has a particular interest in the role of vision in the local church and trends in all-age worship.
In his spare time Philip likes watching cricket and travelling by train. Sometimes the two are combined.
Rev Stephen Lindridge
Rev Stephen Lindridge Chair of the Newcastle upon Tyne District.
Rev Lindridge – Husband of 28 years to Elaine, Dad of two great children Ruth and Samuel (22 & 20yrs.) Methodist Presbyter (25yrs), currently Chair of the Newcastle upon Tyne District. Stephen is a passionate encourager and reflective thinker, currently researching a Doctorate through Durham University on how people are coming to faith in fresh expressions of church. He describes himself as a gentle evangelist, prayerful eclectic, naturally ecological and… improving golfer. All but the last comment may be true!
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Reisman
Dr. Kimberly Reisman, Executive Director, World Methodist Evangelism.
Dr. Reisman is an author, pastor, teacher, and theologian, focusing her work in the areas evangelism, spiritual formation, leadership development, and the intersection between faith and culture. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she was appointed Executive Director of WME in 2014. She is a frequent speaker and has written numerous books, most recently, “Public Witness” (in E. Stanley Jones & Sharing the Good News in a Pluralistic Society, Wesley’s Foundry Books 2018), “Before All Else” (in Holy Contradictions, Abingdon Press, 2018), and “The Church’s Global DNA” (in A Firm Foundation, Seedbed, 2017).
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Kim lived in California, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Connecticut before moving to Indiana in 1993. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theology from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Kim is a senior Harry Denman fellow, a senior John Wesley Fellow, an Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s, Durham University in the UK. In all her work, she seeks to serve God by awakening, strengthening and enlivening the faith commitment of individuals as well as empowering communities of faith to become visible witnesses to the love of Christ for the world. Kim lives with her husband, John in West Lafayette, Indiana where she enjoys music, sports, reading, and jewelry making. They have three adult children, Nathan, Maggie, and Hannah.
Professor Pete Ward
Pete Ward is Professor of Practical Theology at Durham University.
Author and editor of numerous books including ‘Liquid Church’, ‘Introducing Practical Theology’ and ‘Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography’. How current project is ‘Celebrity Worship.’ due to be published in 2020. When he is not writing books he performs in a Folk Band Pete Ward and Friends – who currently can be seen on Youtube.