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 :

Cathy Ross

Dr Cathy Ross is Tutor in Contextual Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon, MA Coordinator for Pioneer Leadership Training at CMS (Church Mission Society) 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 practical theology and ecclesiology. Sarah also works for the Church of England Centre for Church Planting and Growth developing a tool for missional communities.

Colin Smith : Dean of mission education

Colin Smith

Dean of mission education

Colin 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.

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.

Shemil Mathew :

Shemil Mathew

Shemil was born and brought up in Kerala, South India which was a hot bed 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 and vocations adviser for the diocese of Oxford. He is a founding member of AMEN (Anglican Minority Ethnic Network). His academic interests are in theologies of religions, contextual theology, and study of Church of England and its relationship with ethnic minority communities. Shemil is married to Becky and they have two young children.