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.


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.

Shemil Mathew :

Shemil Mathew

Shemil was born and brought up in Kerala, South India which was a hotbed of CMS activities in the 18th and 19th centuries. Shemil first studied for a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English language and literature, before achieving both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in theology from the University of Gloucestershire, and then an MTh from Oxford University. He was ordained in the diocese of Peterborough and has experience of working in Sri Lanka as a CMS mission partner. Shemil is the Anglican chaplain at Oxford Brookes University, vocations adviser for the diocese of Oxford and an associate lecturer at Ripon College Cuddesdon. He is a founding member of AMEN (Anglican Minority Ethnic Network). His academic interests are in theologies of religions, contextual theology, mission and study of the Church of England and its relationship with ethnic minority communities. Shemil is married to Becky, who is a parish priest, and they have two children.

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.


Idina Dunmore  : Chaplain to the MA course, Oxford

Idina Dunmore 

Chaplain to the MA course, Oxford

Idina has lived in the vibrant multi-cultural neighbourhood of Southall, West London for 11 years. Initially she led an intentional, missional community, and then trained for ordination, studying for an MA with CMS and Ripon College Cuddesdon. She was ordained in 2019 and is currently a pioneer curate in Southall, coordinating the leadership of an intercultural Fresh Expression, The Table. Idina is on the leadership team of the Pioneer School in London, and is chaplain to the MA course in Oxford.

Hugh Stradling : Volunteer Lay Chaplain to the Pioneer Students

Hugh Stradling

Volunteer Lay Chaplain to the Pioneer Students

I am a retired GP, married with three children and four grand-children. On retirement, I was encouraged to explore some of the modules in pioneer mission at CMS to fill my new found time! I soon discovered the great joy of being at CMS and discovering a tremendous breadth of knowledge and understanding. A year later, I was asked if I could take on the role of lay chaplain. This has been a great privilege as I have met so many students with so much to share and explore in life. With my additional training as a Spiritual Director, better known as a ‘Soul Friend’, I have been able to accompany many students. One of the tools that I have helped introduce to CMS is the Enneagram, a way of describing your personality type and how you can grow towards the likeness of Christ.

ANVIL journal of theology and mission

Volume 37 issue 1 is out now. The theme is mission and the arts, with reflections from practitioners including David Blower, Ian Adams and Lou Baker.

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