2017 student intake
I am on my church pastoral team and lead Alpha, Toddlers, Toddler Church, and an evangelistic puppet team, amongst other things. We are based right in the heart of the Newport city centre, in an old post office. It’s a place where I daily chat with homeless people, addicts, asylum seekers, many with mental health issues and those coming to the foodbank. The challenges and opportunities for pioneer ministry are varied. My heart is for people, for building community and seeing lives transformed.
I live in Ilmington, a small village in the north Cotswolds area. I am a Reader (aka Licensed Lay Minister) in a benefice of six churches where I enjoy all aspects of ministry but am passionate about my chaplaincy role within the South Warwickshire Hospital Trust. I have recently, alongside an ordained chaplain been exploring how to set up a ‘chaplaincy presence’ in ‘Lammas,’ a new hospital centre in Stratford Upon Avon. This is now ‘home’ for a specialist cancer treatment centre, other clinics, and a cafe-welcome area. We are looking to work alongside other agencies and groups to make this a more holistic approach to spiritual health and wellbeing, including a multi-faith quiet area. It’s exciting!
I live in Bristol with my wife and two young children. After a decade of community and church based youth work I was the creative arts director at Lee Abbey in Devon. I’m studying with CMS to equip myself to do more effective ministry. I’m passionate about theatre and I love creating immersive environments where people can prayerfully explore God’s story.
My name is Matthew, but known to everyone as Will. I live in Northamptonshire on a narrowboat - or North Wales depending what day it is. I am a youth worker mainly working in the LGBTQ community.
I live in south Leicestershire and am the coordinator for our community project, The Well. The Well was born from a 24-7 prayer room in 2006 and serves the community by holding a daily rhythm of prayer & responding to the needs that arise, supporting both the young and old alike through different organised groups. I am a licensed evangelist for the diocese of Leicester.
I’m married to Gabriella and father of Natan and Elisa. I have been in full-time ministry for 15 years, during which time I have planted churches and trained pastors in various parts of Brazil. I am also a writer with five books published. Today I serve the Vine Church in Swindon, England, as a missionary and coordinator of a Bible school. The Bible school has the goal of training church planters with pioneering works based on home groups in different parts of the nation.
I am a passionate petrol-head and have been exploring pioneering a ministry within the classic car community. This mainly takes place at a regular cars and coffee meeting I have started just outside Shrewsbury. It is really exciting to see a community forming around old cars and prayer! I also produce my own car related artwork that I sell. I live with my wife Charlotte, our two children Noah and Molly, ‘Ripley’ the dog, ‘Hicks’ the Gecko and finally ‘Wilbur’ a very lovely 1962 Rover P4. Oh, and I love custard.
I’m a deacon in the Church of England, and a musician anywhere anyone will have me. I am currently serving as an assistant curate in the Were Benefice in Warminster in the Salisbury Diocese. I am passionate about equality, language, inclusivity and creativity, and am completing my masters with research into liturgical language and identity formation. I have a particular interest in feminist theology. The person who has most inspired me is the mystic theologian Julian of Norwich. I am a singer-songwriter in the folk/Americana genre. Once my MA is complete, I am keen to get back to playing live both solo and with a variety of talented musicians.
I've recently just moved (back) to Poole and live on a new housing development that is being built around us which is really exciting. Until recently I was a Pioneer Vicar in Kingswood (Bristol) and now are exploring where God is call us as a family... I'm have lots of different things I'm really passionate about such as justice, youth work, church planting, discipleship and the arts and am excitedly looking to see what God has in store.
After 27 years working as a GP, mostly spent in a very socially deprived area, I stopped work last summer and was licensed as a Reader shortly after. I enjoy the opportunities this ministry gives me. However I would also like to explore creative ways of tapping into the interest that many people have in spirituality rather than religion. I wonder if explorIng common life experiences could reach some of those people who do not presently engage with traditional views of church. I live in Nailsea just south of Bristol.
I am a part time associate minister in a united benefice of three parishes just to the south of Oxford. As well as working across the three churches as part of the clergy team, my current role includes being part of a team who are beginning to think about ways for us to respond to the large numbers of new houses proposed for our area. I am also interested in the conversation that happens between the arts and faith and how our responses to each are shaped by the other. I am hoping that the MA will help me fill out some of this conversation and develop ways to incorporate it into my role, both now and in the future.
I live in Leicester, married to Mike and we have two teenage children. I have been involved in ministry and projects in churches, schools and communities for the past 10 years. My passion up to now has been with children, young people and their families, licensed as a Lay Pioneer Minister to 'Bus Ministry'. I am now at CMS as Pioneer Ordinand with Leicester Diocese, heading up a new build and project called 'The Bridge'. I am excited about the space being a place where community can happen, reaching people and developing new ways of church. My heart is committed to reaching the marginalised and oppressed with the love of Christ to give them a voice and hope for the future. Bring it on!
I live in Derby and took early retirement after my dear wife died in 2014. I am exploring ideas and opportunities for Christian service which could use my skills and interests, having previously worked as a power station physicist, guitarist in a gospel rock band, secondary school science teacher, nuclear safety engineer, and IT business analyst. I’d like to make the world a better place by blending systems thinking, theology and music in pursuit of social justice and community. In short - make more love in the world using rock ’n’ roll.
Peter is Minister for Young Adults in West Bromwich Deanery supported by the Walter Stanley Trust, acting as Chaplain for Black Country YMCA in West Bromwich, Sandwell College and Black Country Talent match. Peter offers pastoral care and support that encourages young adults to consider who they are, where their going, their relationships and the role faith and God may have in their lives. Currently Peter is working on developing a congregation for young adults called Presence and has joined CMS as a student to facilitate thinking about what this could look like.
I'm a part time youth worker in Croydon, where I've set up projects for young people on the Monks Hill estate where I live. It's only over the past two years that I've begun to realise that I'm a bit of a pioneer, and studying on the pioneer leadership course is all part of my preparations for my next great adventure.
I am an active member of my parish and have a long standing interesting in both ministry and mission emerging from my understanding of baptismal vows. I believe pioneering to have an important role both outside of the traditional church and also within it. As a registered nurse I have a keen interested in healing and wholeness. I have lived in an intentional community and have an interest in contemplation and social action.
I’m a Team Vicar on the Greenwich Peninsula attempting to birth church in a diverse, ever changing, rapidly growing riverside development in south east London. Before this I was involved in birthing ‘the gathering’ a new monastic community in Rochester. I am working on a variety of projects on The Peninsula ranging from stuff in pubs and coffee shops to meditation in art galleries in an attempt to kick start ‘community’ in a place where around 50 per cent of the population currently changes every six to 12 months. Amongst this we are trying to grow an intentional christian missional community. It’s a bit of a challenge! I love hats, I’m happiest when dancing with friends, I live on great coffee, I find both the spirit of rum as well as the Holy Spirit inspire me and I love being with people and hearing their stories.
I am an Anglian Lay Pioneer Minister in Hanslope, a few miles north of the new city of Milton Keynes. I pioneered the youth fresh expression of church - Cook@Chapel - almost nine years ago. I am now involved in pioneering with young families and have started @ Hanslope, a missional community encountering God.
By God’s leading I find myself moving from being a specialist dyslexia teacher to working with vulnerable prisoners (mostly sex offenders) both inside prison and after release. I hope to Pioneer something new for God with this group once I know more about the context and what the Lord has planned. Pioneer training at CMS will hopefully give me the tools and thinking space to enable me to determine what is needed and how to put it into action. "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand." Proverbs 19:21