2018 student intake

Gillian Traverse :

Gillian Traverse

I am based in the Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire) and am keen to explore how being in outdoor environments can support the development of spirituality and inclusivity through the ways we encounter and respond to God. Other interests include language, communication and music in worship - and learning to be more attentive in all aspects of life!

Carol Atkins :

Carol Atkins

I live in Reading with my husband and two teenage children. I have been a paediatric nurse, my churches children’s worker and a family worker in a primary school. I have recently helped set up MakeLunch Reading, providing meals to families who need it during the school holidays. Now I am in the process of setting up Reading Family Support Hub, providing help, support and prayer to any family who needs it. I currently provide this during my church's toddler group and at an afterschool club.

Caroline Bishop :

Caroline Bishop

I am from Northwich in Cheshire and have been a volunteer Youth Leader in a local Anglican church for the past seven years. Working alongside others and as a designer/illustrator, I have also found myself coordinating and publicising projects, including a joint churches youth event and prayer missions with teams from South Korea. I also have a passion for prayercycling which has led me on some unexpected adventures both here in the UK and overseas. I feel called to study at CMS to be better equipped as a pioneer and to learn from others who have experience establishing missional communities.

Lara Burt :

Lara Burt

My name is Lara and I live in Hertfordshire with my husband and miniature labradoodle. I have a huge interest in pioneering ministry and learning of new ways to share the gospel with those who do not know Jesus in a relevant contextual way. My passion is women's ministry. I am on the PCC and leadership in my church. I lead a home group who I love doing life with, and building each other up in faith is such a privilege.

Rachel Burton :

Rachel Burton

I recently returned from two and a half years in Bolivia as a CMS mission partner, working with a ministry developing drug and alcohol rehab communities. I’ve worked with recovering addicts in a residential setting for several years. I’m keen to expand on this and pursue some new ideas, centred around creating community, particularly for those on the margins or who are struggling/recovering from emotional issues. If my concern for the environment can also somehow be addressed in the midst of this, that would be amazing! I’m trusting God will pull these strands together and guide my next steps.

Heidi Carlin :

Heidi Carlin

I am married to Simon and I have two daughters and a son. I work as youth, children’s and family worker at Zion United Church in a village on the outskirts of Bristol.  I have had a very strong calling from God to be a “missionary” since I was a teenager.  I have revisited this calling many times in my walk with God and each time He unfolds more of his plan.  God has given me a real desire to reach out to the children, families and young people in the community for many years.  But more recently it has been a desire to go out to where the people are and reach them there rather than trying to get them into church as we know it and try and mould them into our ways of doing things.  I am hoping this pioneer course will equip me with ideas and tools of how to serve God better “out there”.  I have felt like a square peg in a round hole for along time and I am so excited and nervous about seeing what God has planned.

Maria Casiero :

Maria Casiero

I'm a former international governess turned pioneer evangelist after an amazingly dramatic journey of faith. Currently based in Coventry, I work as a P/T Italian and English (TESOL) Tutor. In the Autumn of 2017 I pioneered a seedling project called the Cloth of Coventry, to 'creatively weave Jesus into the very fabric of a multicultural region', after a vision to seek and nurture student evangelists. My model was officially recognised and embraced by The Light Project, Chester, which partners the University of Chester. My future vision is to do more research, to write and also design creative ways to meet today's contextual enquiries about God. I'm here doing the MA with CMS because I recognise the need to bring theological depth, biblical integrity and more self confidence to this vision.

Valerie Cuffe-Adams :

Valerie Cuffe-Adams

I have worked in education for a number of years with the 16+ age range students and I now work part-time at Reading University, as a specialist Study Skills tutor helping students (who have dyslexia, are on the autistic spectrum or with medical/mental health needs), as they study for their degrees or MA courses.

I ran the Alpha Course at my local church with my late husband (a local lay minister) for 11 years and my experience of also being a carer over a number of years, deepened my prayer life. A call to prayer ministry increased, coupled with wanting to share Christ effectively and creatively – this has led to contact with many people either on the fringes of church or with no link to any conscious spirituality. I want to invest in this time of pioneer ministry for a new season – preparation, taking stock, listening to God and others, moving forward practically, prayerfully with new ideas and approaches for a very different time and culture in this country.

Michelle Fotherby :

Michelle Fotherby

I live in Beaconsfield with my two boys aged 8 and 10. I am employed by the Anglican team here to meet with the families of this town. I would describe myself as an evangelist and mission is ‘my thing’. I am therefore excited to find out where God is going to lead me this year and how the CMS course will enable and equip me on this adventure.

Omosalewa Gesinde-Amaechi :

Omosalewa Gesinde-Amaechi

Mike Gower :

Mike Gower

I work with Sandhurst youth, a joint funded project between St Michaels church and Sandhurst town council. I am the youth and community worker. Currently developing work in local schools, detached youth work and church-based youth work. I really want to explore a pioneering youth work with the church and community. I am looking forward to the challenge.

Eddie Green :

Eddie Green

I am a Vicar in North Watford, a single parish with a portfolio of different expressions of church. I love seeing people meet with Jesus for the first time, be it in our Lighthouse community cafe, our ambient evening Eucharist, our lively midweek tots worship, or our richly diverse creative Eucharist on a Sunday. I am rooted in a charismatic Anglo-Catholic tradition that is missional, open to the Spirit and passionate about the sacraments as encounters with the living God. I also 'enable' the Sanctum Connective, a network of sacramental pioneers in different contexts, and support work in the diocese relating to sacramental mission, fresh expressions and renewal. I am married to families minister (in the URC) and we have a growing family of our own. In my spare time I try to keep fit and play Nintendo.

Shirley Hoy :

Shirley Hoy

Since giving up my work facilitating large-scale change within organisations over six years ago I’ve dedicated myself to the life of the church and the discernment of a calling to the priesthood.

All sorts of exciting opportunities have opened up for me to pour myself in to - a ministry within my local church; involvement in the life of churches of a radically different sort (including of other denominations); seeking after friendship and mutual learning across the faith divide (especially between Christians and Jews); prison ministry; work with refugees; and supporting the ministry of some quite remarkable brothers and sisters in Christ in the Diocese with which our Diocese (Oxford) is linked (Kimberley and Kuruman, South Africa).

With no clear idea as to what the next year will bring and a great deal being at stake, I feel all the more blessed by the privilege of being surrounded by link-minded people who have a pioneering spirit and passion for Jesus and his missionary action in this world.

Jason Hughes :

Jason Hughes

Sue Hughes :

Sue Hughes

I am incredibly excited to be a part of the CMS Pioneer Certificate course this year, with my husband Jason. We have spent the past 15 years involved with a charity based in the Chess Valley, Restore Hope, but have recently moved on and are now living on a farm. Our family, twenty somethings called Caitlin and Adam both live and work in London and are settled well into churches and careers. I work for the St Albans Diocese with a team project called Reaching New People in New Ways. The project aims to create 300 fresh expressions of church in the next 10 years which we are resourcing with training and support. This is a new Season for us and a new adventure lies ahead as we explore how we might be pioneers in our community!

Emma King :

Emma King

I am married to Daniel and a mum to two beautiful girls.
I love dance, going to the theatre and being outdoors with my family.
I am the Children’s and Families Worker in Keynsham Parish.
My passion is to go out into the community and meet people where they are and walk along side them on their journey.

Luke Larner :

Luke Larner

Luke is based in Luton with wife Jeni and toddler Jared. He has a particular interest postmodern culture and issues surrounding power. More surprised than anyone that he is training for ordination. Likes happy heavy metal and angry folk music. Dislikes simple answers to complex questions.

Liz Matthews :

Liz Matthews

I am married with two grown up sons and a daughter in law. Since my sons went to school I have been involved in various forms of schools ministry. At present, as a volunteer chaplain I offer pastoral care to staff at two infant and one junior inner city schools where I have also introduced Prayer Spaces in Schools.

I am passionate about Christian unity. Five years ago, starting with a prayer day for Christian women from different nationalities, cultures and traditions, a network has grown which is now Derby Christian Women’s Network. I am hoping that Pioneer training at CMS will help me in the cross cultural dimension of DCWN as well as in reflecting on my pastoral work as a chaplain in the inner city.

Fiona Mayne :

Fiona Mayne

Fiona is a new Christian and having only found God herself at 40 is passionate about leading others to a relationship with him. She now leads a Church plant on a new housing estate in Weston Super Mare called Haywood Village having felt called by God to move there.

She and her team run Take 5 which is a weekly community cafe as well as Tea and Toast Church which is an informal cafe style Church based in the local primary school. She also leads a prayer group and Alpha in her home. She is very keen to make God relevant and accessible and to reach people who do not know God as well as building community.

She has a teenage daughter and son and two rescue dogs and enjoys spending time outdoors in nature with her family walking, camping, cycling etc when she has any spare time.

Helen McGeoch :

Helen McGeoch

After working in outreach to children and families in an inner city area of Gloucester I have moved to an outer suburb to be their families and community pioneer. It’s been fun getting to know folks and what goes on and making new connections. Studying with CMS has the benefit of a wealth of shared learning that I’m finding is already informing my doing. I look forward to exciting times ahead.

Clivi de Santana :

Clivi de Santana

I'm from Brazil, but I've lived in Spain for the last 10 years. In 2009 I met a beautiful young woman who became my wife. Eli and I have been married for 2 years. I studied my degree in Human Nutrition and Dietitian in Spain. I love music since I was a kid and I have always been involved in worship. Since I was 17 years old my heart started to burn for mission and evangelism. For the last 5 years, I've been studying apologetics (PROCLAMA) and theology. This year, my wife and I decided to come to England to continue our training with the idea of going back to Spain and starting a new mission. I'm now serving in Latimer Minster Church with worship and youth.

Ali Middleton :

Ali Middleton

I am a Pioneer Curate in Wellingborough, which is a Northamptonshire Market town. I have pioneered intergenerational communities and I am currently involved in Death Cafes and Bereavement support group in the community. My Ordination training was with CMS and I have returned to complete my BA, to help equip me in my pioneering. I am married and have three teenage children.

Bill Miller :

Bill Miller

I am married to Katie, vicar at St Mary’s Church Dagenham, with 3 adult children. I have a degree in dance, am a trained choreographer and ran a dance company in Norfolk. My passions are worship, seeing our local community reached for the gospel and using performing arts as a vehicle to do this.

I was part of a lay led fresh expression of church in Norwich and believe my path is heading to create a community gospel choir and using the arts in my local church

Rhianne O’Rourke :

Rhianne O’Rourke

I'm a mum of three very active boys and wife to Steve. I love to gather people round to our home for good food, board games and to just generally do life together.

My passions include Jesus, community that spans across the ages, helping people discover their identity and calling the lonely into family. I'm a big fan of Rachel Turner's 'Parenting For Faith', and champion it where I can. I'm also really interested in exploring how to help those on the fringes of faith and church community feel like they have a place without compromising who they are. Steve & I have been a part of the Anglican Church for the past 13 years, and we have both been employed in various roles within our local church, I'm currently going through the discernment process with a view to Pioneering within the Anglican Church. I have found my 'tribe' within the 24-7 prayer community, and am excited to explore how 24-7 prayer can impact Worcester.

Ruth Obasa :

Ruth Obasa

Am an intercessor by his purpose for my life. I run a Women’s Prayer Ministry called Jesus Women International Prayer Movement for 7yrs . I have helped plant four Pentecostal churches in the past , now an Anglican, passionate about prayer and what comes with it; signs and wonder!

I also work in the Prophetic , I believe that miracles still abound in our lives, that prayer is the key in taking back what the enemy has stolen from us!

Currently live in Witney Oxfordshire with my two teenage children. I am interested in the pioneer lay licensed ministry as I believe that revival would start from the Anglican Church, which I plan to be part of.

Christine Ramshaw :

Christine Ramshaw

After 27 years of working as a geotechnical engineer including 10 years overseas, I returned to the UK with my husband and two teenage children three years ago. Six months later, God called me to give up my career and within a short time I realized I was being called into ministry - somewhat unexpectedly as I hadn’t been part of a church for over 20 years. For the last 18 months, I have been working full time as a ministry intern (similar to a curate) for “New Creation” - a family of 4 Anglican and Methodist churches in North Somerset. My passions are discipleship and outreach. I am currently leading a project to build a missional cohousing community comprising 20 new houses within the church grounds in Congresbury.

James Roach :

James Roach

I am from Cardiff and I love sport, you will normally find me watching my children play football or taking them to watch Cardiff City or Wales. I am passionate about encouraging and supporting others to fulfil their crazy pioneering ideas. I am also interested in the role of chaplaincy and counselling in pioneer ministry.

Elisabet Roca :

Elisabet Roca

I'm from the beautiful island of Menorca, Spain. I'm a speech and language therapist although I've been interested in ministry for 8 years. I studied PROCLAMA (an apologetic course) in Spain with my husband Clivi and we both have been interested in theology and evangelism since we started going out. I've been involved in UCCF Spain (Christian Unions) the whole time I was at university. This January we moved to England to continue our theological and apologetics studies and we are now helping Latimer Minster Church with youth and worship.

Ali Simpson-Smith :

Ali Simpson-Smith

Mary Smith :

Mary Smith

I worship locally and am passionate about prayer. I have many dreams for the future, which involve working and teaching in Africa. I am looking forward to the CMS course for the time to learn more about mission and to be in a worshiping community. I have a full time job as a nurse and would describe combining studying and work as a work in progress.

James Talbot :

James Talbot

I’m James, and I’m an accidental pioneer. Having followed all the normal training paths into ordination, I now find myself as a pioneer minister to a new housing estate on the east side of Aylesbury. I’ve been a student, an army officer, a teaching assistant, an outdoor activity instructor – but I can’t now imagine myself doing anything else. I’ve realised this is the first time it feels like I’ve chosen education in my life and I love the fact it is so focussed on drawing in experiences from our current contexts.

Bryce Tangvald :

Bryce Tangvald

I am a Youth Leader at Holy Trinity Church Frome in Somerset, alongside working with Frome Area Christians Together (FACT) to go into local schools, mentoring and leading Christian Unions. These opportunities have shown me the necessity of a more broad perspective of ministry and the mission of the church, as a whole in the whole of the community. I am pursuing various mini-projects as a platform for mission and ministry. My vision for the future involves facilitating charities, creating community spaces, and a project involving practical and spiritual elements of challenge, adventure and aspiration.

Susie Templeton :

Susie Templeton

I am a Pioneer curate in Woodley, just outside Reading, have trained with CMS before my ordination. I liked it so much I am now doing the MA! I’m still settling into my new context but there are a few ideas floating around. I’m interested in environmental theology and how we can make that part of our discipleship, rhythms of life (work, rest, play, worship) and how we can cultivate healthier patterns and encouraging people to think outside the box about faith, God and themselves!

Romaine Thompson :

Romaine Thompson

I've worked as a lawyer in Birmingham for 30 years and now believe this season is over and a new one is beginning. But the old and the new are linked: I've developed a passion for the workplace out of my experience as both an employee and a business leader. I'm really excited about what God will do with this 'seed' as I undertake the CMS pioneer training.

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