The team

Jonny Baker : Director of mission education

Jonny Baker

Director of mission education

Jonny is director of mission education at Church Mission Society and the pioneer course leader. He specialises in gospel and culture and applying creativity to worship. He is author of The Pioneer Gift and Pioneering Spirituality, Alternative Worship and Curating Worship and has been networking with mission leaders and catalysing mission training for the last decade. He teaches theological reflection, mission and worship modules.

Cathy Ross : Head of Pioneer Mission Leadership Oxford

Cathy Ross

Head of Pioneer Mission Leadership Oxford

Dr Cathy Ross is Head of Pioneer Mission Leadership Oxford and Lecturer in Mission at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. Until 2016 she was the General Secretary of the International Association for Mission Studies. She has previously worked in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda with NZCMS. Her recent publications include Women with a Mission, Rediscovering Missionary Wives in Early New Zealand, (Auckland:Penguin, 2006) and Mission in the 21st Century, Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission (ed with Andrew Walls); (London:DLT, 2008), Life-Widening Mission: Global Anglican Perspectives (Oxford:Regnum, 2012) and Mission in Context (with John Corrie, Ashgate, 2012), The Pioneer Gift (with Jonny Baker, London:SCM, 2014), Mission on the Road to Emmaus, (with Steve Bevans, London:SCM, 2015), Pioneering Spirituality (with Jonny Baker, London:SCM, 2015), Her research interests are in the areas of contextual theologies, World Christianity, feminist theologies and hospitality. She is married to Steve, a GP in Oxford and they have three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys tennis, swimming, coffee, travel and watching the All Blacks.

Sarah Clarke : Pioneer undergraduate programmes coordinator

Sarah Clarke

Pioneer undergraduate programmes coordinator

Sarah lectures on and leads the undergraduate programme. She has a master's in theology from Regent College, Vancouver, and is currently pursuing a PhD in art, theology and community formation.

James Butler : Pioneer MA lecturer and assistant coordinator

James Butler

Pioneer MA lecturer and assistant coordinator

James is pioneer MA lecturer and assistant coordinator. He teaches in the areas of mission, ecclesiology and practical theology. His PhD explored how Small Missional Communities sustain their social action. He also works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Roehampton, researching themes of learning, discipleship and social action.

Alison Boulton : Lecturer

Alison Boulton


Ali lectures on the undergraduate course one day a week. She is a pioneer Baptist minister living on a new housing estate, co-founded the ecumenical New Housing Hub and authored Pioneer Ministry in New Housing Areas alongside Penny Marsh. She has created a series of ‘How to’ guides as part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing Church and Community. She undertakes mentoring, consultancy, and teaching and she is one of three Baptist Pioneer Ambassadors. She is undertaking doctoral research with CMS/University of Roehampton.


Paul Bradbury :

Paul Bradbury

Paul Bradbury is a pioneer minister based in Poole. He leads Poole Missional Communities which hosts a number of fresh expressions and pioneers and which works to animate new forms of church in Poole. He also works with CMS supporting and enabling pioneering across the six Anglican dioceses, Methodist District and URC synod which make up the South Central Regional Training Partnership. He has just started a DTh with CMS/University of Roehampton on the theology of renewal. He has also published two recent books on pioneering; Stepping into Grace (BRF 2016) and Home by Another Route (BRF 2019). He is a keen birder (not twitcher!), runner, forager and occasional brewer.

Andrea Campanale :

Andrea Campanale

Andrea Campanale has been pioneering amongst spiritual seekers for 15 years having started doing outreach at Kingston Green Fair. Firstly, Sacred Space Kingston was created as a missional project and it became a Fresh Expression of Church in 2012. She has worked with the Faith Advisor at Kingston University and was on the chaplaincy team at the YMCA London South West. More recently Andrea was commissioned as a Lay Pioneer in Southwark Diocese and is a regular at the Surrey Steam Punk Convivial. Andrea runs the Pioneer Ministry Certificate for Cliff College and is employed by CMS to teach, support and network pioneers through an expanding number of hubs and the Starfish Network. Andrea studied with CMS on both the Undergraduate and MA programmes and has an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

Andy Freeman  :

Andy Freeman 

Andy is one of the directors of Space to Breathe, a Sheffield-based wellbeing company.  Andy has an MA in Theology from Oxford Brookes and was on staff at CMS for six years. He teaches Pastoral Care and Ethics at the Oxford base.

Anna Ruddick :

Anna Ruddick

Dr Anna Ruddick is a community theologian and researcher who facilitates theological reflection and learning for leaders, congregations and Christian organisations seeking to deepen and strengthen their relationships with their local community. She holds a Doctorate in Practical Theology in which she focused on the relational dynamics between incoming Christians participating in incarnational urban mission, and the people they met in their communities. Anna has worked supporting those in community-based mission in marginal contexts for the last 14 years and currently represents Urban Life as a Core team member and Livability, as Community Engagement Associate. She is also a Research Fellow at Bristol Baptist College, and a trustee of the William Temple Foundation. Anna lives in Leicester with her husband Andrew.

Colin Smith :

Colin Smith

Colin is dean of mission education at Church Mission Society. He teaches on the MA in mission and anthropology, and on the diploma on an introduction to the bible. He also oversees the CMS mission partner pathway which overlaps with pioneers each term. He is author of Mind The Gap.

Johnny Sertin :

Johnny Sertin

Johnny is a well-known practitioner in the field of local and global missions. He is an entrepreneur, change consultant, and ordained minister. He has lived or served in over 40 nations exploring the relationship between contextual mission, spiritual vitality and community practice. He is an alumni of CMS pioneer training pathway and Ripon College, Oxford where he studied theology and was trained for ordination. He is a member of Middlesex University researching the significance between organisational development and community practice focused on the connections between spirituality, systems and social impact. He is first and foremost a seeker, husband, father, son, brother and friend. Inspired by the story of Jesus, he has a passion to explore altruism through intentional community, a way he hopes can answer the challenges of contemporary culture. In no particular order he finds his happy place hiking in the great outdoors, watching rugby, participating in endurance sports, good coffee and homemade food, reading and writing, poetry and family road trips.


Kerry McLeish : Chaplain to undergraduates

Kerry McLeish

Chaplain to undergraduates

Kerry is a Rest Coach and trained spiritual director, working with those who are weary and exhausted to find a healthy rhythm of rest and work. She completed the Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission at CMS in 2018, where she focused on the issue of rest. Kerry has a background of nearly 20 years’ experience in nursing and nurse education, and led women’s ministry in a large evangelical church for over seven years. She is currently also involved with two charities which she helped to set up, one providing a school in Uganda for children with special needs, which she visits regularly and the other supporting young and small charities across the UK.

Anita Matthews :

Anita Matthews

Anita completed the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission at CMS in 2019, and is currently associate minister at St Peter's in the City, Derby. Prior to that she worked at CMS as community mission facilitator, having previously been a school chaplain in Derby and a curate in North London. St Peter's is involved in supporting refugees and asylum seekers, those struggling with poverty and debt, and a mentoring community for ex-offenders. It is also the base for Derby City Centre Chaplaincy, offering workplace and community chaplaincy in many sectors including retail, GP surgeries, schools and the arts. She also oversees the ecumenical churches link between Derbyshire and the Church of North India, and is a trustee of the Friends of Calcutta Cathedral Relief Service UK, working to support health, education and women's empowerment in the slum areas.

John Tasker : Chaplain to the African Christian Diaspora MA students

John Tasker

Chaplain to the African Christian Diaspora MA students

John is a CMS pioneer and lay worker having completed the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission at CMS in 2018, with a dissertation focusing on diaspora ministry. He is a trustee of Missio Africanus and involved in bringing to fruition the African Diaspora route through the MA. John lives in North London where he was previously a licensed lay minister and is now involved in pioneering with children and families. He is also twinning officer for the ALMA Partnership between the Anglican Churches of Angola, London and Mozambique and chair of trustees of the national mission agency MANNA, Mozambique and Angola Anglican Association. He will be licensed as a Licensed Preacher Under Seal in the Diocese of London in October 2021.

ANVIL journal of theology and mission

Volume 37 issue 2 is out now. The theme is mission and shame, with articles by Sally Nash, Carlton Turner, Judith Rossall, Linda Fletcher, Trevor Withers and Catherine Matlock.

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