2012 student intake
Johnny is married to Lisa and they have three boys, Bruno, Sonny and Jedidiah. They have been involved in several adventures that includes driving off the normal church grid to start a community of faith in the rave and house scene, facilitating a transnational movement for youth in a post modern culture, owning a late night bar in sin city and founding a dispersed learning community called make believe. In 2006 the family migrated to London from the beautiful coastline of Dorset and founded together with friend Leo and the help of friar Micha, the Earlsfield Friary. The friary is a group of friends trying to explore something counter intuitive to the cultural norms of transitional city life, by nurturing a sense of place and identity within their neighbourhood, trying to care for the margins, stimulate change and celebrate life in the light of Christ. On his best days Johnny is a loyal friend, deep hearted father and creative force, expressing the magic of a loving God to all creation. He is a pioneer ordinand and works as an Ofsted child carer in the borough of Wandsworth. Lisa is a homemaker.craft lover, mother and adventurer. She works as a teacher.
Hugh retired from General Practice to spend more time in developing pastoral care/discipleship/teaching role for the local church. He is currently exploring how to grow community for some of the disabled people in his area.
…was lay pastor in a West London parish for 15 years until she initiated a homeless shelter scheme in her borough last winter. Now recommissioned as community outreach pastor, she is drawing churches together to reach out to the marginalised and broken in different ways.” Apparently I’m a hunter-gatherer of people. I know I’m a sharer of feasts: be it a tasty morsel, a breathtaking sunset, or the good news of Jesus. Feasting is not done at a table for one.”
Rob is a pioneer missioner in Milton Keynes as part of the Methodist Church VentureFX initiative. Rob enjoys sport playing korfball, ultimate frisbee and river swimming.
Anne lives on an estate in Watford where she initially worked with SoulInTheCity doing youth and social outreach. She is training for ordained pioneer ministry with the Anglican Church.
Des Yarde Martin
Des is a retired teacher who lives with his wife Hilary in North London. They are members of Mill Hill East Church where they both lead worship occasionally and Des sometimes preaches. An important part of his involvement in the course will be the journey of discovering the nature of his ministry in Mill Hill.
Ali is based in High Wycombe, is a busy mum, went to a talk at Greenbelt and a few weeks later had signed up to be a pioneer!
Sue is based in Hinckley near Leicester and working out of a community centre in a Baptist church trying to work out what it means to be community.
Pete works with the Upper Room in Cirencester, a community of those at the margins.
Darren is training at Regents Park Baptist College and doing a couple of modules a year with CMS. He works with communities in mission around Oxford.
Brenda came along with Pete to an interview for the course at CMS and sat in. She found it so exciting that she wanted to join in a module or two!
Stephen is based in South Wales, works in a bar and is helping set up a community centre.
Annette is based in Oxford with her family and involved in leadership in her local church in various ways and is exploring ordained pioneer ministry.
Andy is studying for an MA alongside his work with Student Support and the Pioneer Hub at CMS. Andy has had a background in the New Monastic stream with 24-7 Prayer and is continuing to explore spirituality in his home town of Reading with people who would call themselves ‘spiritual searchers’ and very much unchurched. Andy is exploring being ordained one day.
Helen has worked at CMS for over five years, and joined the Pioneer team in 2011. Her mission is compassion, and, although most of her activity is church-focused, she’s delighted her long-standing passion for mission is revived and re-envisioned through being involved with Pioneers.
Hailing from Brazil, and having worked in mission in N Africa, Zaza been working with CMS as a missiologist in residence. She joined in the mission entrepreneurship module to think how to grow a particular enterprise and to take the learning back to her own missions organisation.
Miles is an entrepreneurial priest exploring commercial hospitality as a new mission venture. He joined the mission entrepreneurship module.
Mark is a CMS mission partner who is preparing to head to Brazil with his wife Jess.
Winnie is a Venture FX pioneer missioner who came to the mission entrepreneurship module looking for how to do mission in Bermondsey.
Goth, creative, passionate, plate spinner, Diana is Avalon pioneer minister with the C of E.
Tim is a venture FX methodist pioneer in Nottingham, starting up an upcycling and repurposing social enterprise. Together with Hannah they set up a missional community Garden-City. He joined the missional entrepreneurship module.
Avril is in Canleigh with Angela and Chris (see 2011 year’s student page) and is working with them to set up a new initiative to enable local enterprises to break the cycle of long term unemployment. She joined the missional entrepreneurship module to develop the plan.
James leads the Lab, a new form of church with young adults, in Newport and is training to be ordained pioneer minister in the Church in Wales.
John is a youth worker in sunny Weston-Super-Mare. He lives in an area of (statistically) high deprivation as part of a missional youth project, and works with Frontier Youth Trust and StreetSpace supporting missional youth projects across the UK.
Berni comes from an eclectic background of “busyness” in the world of frontline and management roles in social care through to communications and policy development in central Government. Coming to faith in recent years she has had a growing awareness of God tapping her on the shoulder to “Stop”. She joins us with the intention of relinquishing her skills, opening her eyes and ears to fresh and deeper encounters with our Living God, and being set free.
After a year volunteering in Argentina, Hannah recently moved to Oxford to start the Pioneer course and a job at a local charity, project-managing the production of their resources and making good use of her publishing and editorial experience. She is living in Barton, Oxford where she is enjoying being a part of the Thrive community. Hannah loves making art, hanging out with people and adventuring.
Kim leads a small missional community called The Upper Room in Cirencester, a small market town in the South West. “We journey with people at the margins who wrestle with issues such as homelessness, debt and mental illness, and share how the good news story of Jesus intersects with their stories.”