Leadership

  • Jen Charteris

    Executive Director

    Jen joined Crosslands after more than 25 years working in organisational leadership and management consulting for government and private sector …

    Jen Charteris

    Executive Director

    Jen joined Crosslands after more than 25 years working in organisational leadership and management consulting for government and private sector clients. Originally from South Africa, she lives in Newcastle where her husband Hugo is pastor of Christ Church Newcastle. She is a trustee of Stewardship, and teaches on Christian leadership, organisational health and governance.

  • Dr Dan Strange

    Director, Crosslands Forum

    Before joining Crosslands full time, Dan was College Director for Oak Hill Theological College. A former UCCF worker with a …

    Dr Dan Strange

    Director, Crosslands Forum

    Before joining Crosslands full time, Dan was College Director for Oak Hill Theological College. A former UCCF worker with a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, Dan lives in Gateshead with his wife Elly and most of their seven children, where they are part of Hope Community Church. He is author of several books, co-founder of The Southgate Fellowship, a trustee of Tyndale House and contributing editor for Themelios.

  • Dr. Tim Chester

    Senior Faculty member

    Tim is a founding faculty member of Crosslands and is based in Derbyshire where he is involved in Peak Trinity …

    Dr. Tim Chester

    Senior Faculty member

    Tim is a founding faculty member of Crosslands and is based in Derbyshire where he is involved in Peak Trinity Church. He is author of over 30 books and commentaries including You Can Change, A Meal with Jesus, and Enjoying God. He leads on Doctrine and Pastoral Studies for Crosslands Seminary, and oversees the Crosslands Foundation, Basecamp and Lifelong curricula.

  • Catherine Carvel

    Seminary Programme Director; Safeguarding Officer

    Catherine qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 and worked in audit for PwC before joining Crosslands. Originally from Northern …

    Catherine Carvel

    Seminary Programme Director; Safeguarding Officer

    Catherine qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 and worked in audit for PwC before joining Crosslands. Originally from Northern Ireland, Catherine now lives in the west of Newcastle with her husband and three children. They are part of a team that has started a new church in West Denton. Catherine also serves as a school governor at a local primary school.

Tutors and Specialist Contributors

  • Graeme Innes

    Tutor

    Graeme, his wife Bequi and their three children live in Moldova, where they serve as Crosslinks Mission Partners. Graeme co …

    Graeme Innes

    Tutor

    Graeme, his wife Bequi and their three children live in Moldova, where they serve as Crosslinks Mission Partners. Graeme co-pastors a local evangelical church in the capital Chisinau, and is also involved in a number of evangelistic and discipleship-focused ministries. Graeme tutors students who are on the cross-cultural track.

  • Dr Matthew Mason

    Director, Crosslands Cultivate

    Matthew is based in Salisbury. For 12 years, he served as a pastor in the UK and USA. Alongside his …

    Dr Matthew Mason

    Director, Crosslands Cultivate

    Matthew is based in Salisbury. For 12 years, he served as a pastor in the UK and USA. Alongside his role with Crosslands, he serves as Assistant Director of the Pastors’ Academy. He has written on various cultural, theological and ethical issues, is the English voice on the Church Podmatics podcast, and is endlessly fascinated by the intersection of doctrine and ethics as related aspects of the ministry of God’s Word to God’s world.

  • Antony Billington

    Tutor

    Antony is the Senior Pastor of the Beacon Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield. Previously, he was Head of Theology at the …

    Antony Billington

    Tutor
    Antony is the Senior Pastor of the Beacon Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield. Previously, he was Head of Theology at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity for 11 years, having taught at the London School of Theology for 16 years. He also serves as an associate lecturer at Union School of Theology and the Irish Bible Institute.
  • Dr Alex Kirk

    Biblical Studies Lead

    Alex's passion is teaching pastors and ministry leaders how to interpret the Scriptures, especially the Old Testament. Before coming …

    Dr Alex Kirk

    Biblical Studies Lead

    Alex’s passion is teaching pastors and ministry leaders how to interpret the Scriptures, especially the Old Testament. Before coming to Crosslands, he spent six years training pastors in the developing world with Training Leaders International. Originally from the USA, Alex moved to the UK in 2019 to complete his PhD in Theology and Religion (Old Testament). He’s married to Meghan, they have three little girls, and together they enjoy serving in the student ministry at Christchurch Durham.

  • James Morrison

    Tutor and PhD student

    James is an Assistant Pastor at Kensington Baptist Church in Bristol. Having first worked as a solicitor, James left the …

    James Morrison

    Tutor and PhD student

    James is an Assistant Pastor at Kensington Baptist Church in Bristol. Having first worked as a solicitor, James left the law in 2019 to train for pastoral ministry. He has completed the Crosslands MA and is currently studying for a PhD with Union Theological College in Belfast. James is married to Helena and they have two young children.

  • Toby Martin

    Tutor

    Toby is a pastor at Grace Church, in Boroughbridge, a small market town in North Yorkshire. He did his theological …

    Toby Martin

    Tutor

    Toby is a pastor at Grace Church, in Boroughbridge, a small market town in North Yorkshire. He did his theological training through the Crosslands MA programme. He and his wife, Beth, have been in Boroughbridge since 2018. Prior to that, Toby worked for a church in Berkshire, and did a part-time ministry training course in London.

  • Stephen Childs

    Tutor

    Stephen is the pastor of Calvary Church Castlebar in the West of Ireland. He studied and worked in Computer Science …

    Stephen Childs

    Tutor

    Stephen is the pastor of Calvary Church Castlebar in the West of Ireland. He studied and worked in Computer Science before training for ministry at Oak Hill College. He is a mission partner with UFM Worldwide and has been a tutor with Crosslands since 2017. He is married to Nikki and has four children.

  • Jen Charteris

    Executive Director

    Jen joined Crosslands after more than 25 years working in organisational leadership and management consulting for government and private sector …

    Jen Charteris

    Executive Director

    Jen joined Crosslands after more than 25 years working in organisational leadership and management consulting for government and private sector clients. Originally from South Africa, she lives in Newcastle where her husband Hugo is pastor of Christ Church Newcastle. She is a trustee of Stewardship, and teaches on Christian leadership, organisational health and governance.

  • Mel Lacy

    Children & Youth Ministry Lead. Tutor

    Mel is a leading specialist in Children’s and Youth Ministry. She is now executive director of Growing Young Disciples …

    Mel Lacy

    Children & Youth Ministry Lead. Tutor

    Mel is a leading specialist in Children’s and Youth Ministry. She is now executive director of Growing Young Disciples, with that includes teaching at Oak Hill Theological College and leading the Children’s and Youth programmes for Keswick Ministries and Word Alive. Mel also developed the resources and teaching curriculum for the Gospel Coalition’s New City Catechism for Kids.

  • Dr. Jonathan Norgate

    Cross Cultural Ministry Lead. Tutor

    Jonathan is a member of the Faculty of Crosslands and Cross-Cultural Lead Tutor. Prior to his involvement with Crosslands …

    Dr. Jonathan Norgate

    Cross Cultural Ministry Lead. Tutor

    Jonathan is a member of the Faculty of Crosslands and Cross-Cultural Lead Tutor. Prior to his involvement with Crosslands, he worked in Cambodia with OMF in rural church planting. Alongside his work with Crosslands he is Resources and Materials Developer for 2.19 Teach to Reach, a ministry which supports churches to use English teaching as a means of cross-cultural outreach. He is part of Christ Church Fulwood in Sheffield and has previously worked in international student ministry.

  • Helen Thorne

    Women in Ministry specialist

    Helen is the Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK and attends Dundonald Church, Raynes Park where she …

    Helen Thorne

    Women in Ministry specialist

    Helen is the Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK and attends Dundonald Church, Raynes Park where she is involved in international work and pastoral care. She is also a writer and speaker whose publications include: Purity is Possible, Walking with Domestic Abuse Sufferers, Five Things to Pray for your City, and Hope in an Anxious World.

  • Colin Creighton

    Tutor

    Colin is the pastor of Carrickmacross Baptist Church in the Republic of Ireland. Following an early career as a Maths …

    Colin Creighton

    Tutor

    Colin is the pastor of Carrickmacross Baptist Church in the Republic of Ireland. Following an early career as a Maths teacher, Colin completed studies at Oak Hill Theological College before moving into paid ministry, and has also studied at the Irish Baptist College. He is married to Tanya and has three daughters.

  • John James

    Tutor

    John is the lead pastor of City Church Birmingham. He is a trustee of 2020 Birmingham, a coalition of churches …

    John James

    Tutor

    John is the lead pastor of City Church Birmingham. He is a trustee of 2020 Birmingham, a coalition of churches seeking to see church planting and revitalisation flourish throughout the city. Prior to entering ministry full-time he trained at Oak Hill College. He is married to Sarah and they have three children.

  • Matt Lillicrap

    Tutor

    After training and practising as a doctor and working part time for Christian Medical Fellowship, Matt went on to train …

    Matt Lillicrap

    Tutor

    After training and practising as a doctor and working part time for Christian Medical Fellowship, Matt went on to train for ministry at Oak Hill Theological College. Following a few years on the staff of Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge, he was appointed senior pastor of Hope Community Church, Cambridge. Matt has a particular interest in the Bible’s perspective on ethics and spends some of his time speaking and writing in this area. He is married to Anika and they have six children.

  • Kristi Mair

    Evangelism and Apologetics contributor

    Kristi is a Research Fellow at Oak Hill Theological College where she lectures in Philosophy, Ethics, and Apologetics. She is …

    Kristi Mair

    Evangelism and Apologetics contributor

    Kristi is a Research Fellow at Oak Hill Theological College where she lectures in Philosophy, Ethics, and Apologetics. She is a PhD candidate in philosophical theology at the University of Birmingham. Originally from Hungary, she has previously worked UCCF for eight years, first as a Staff Worker and then as Midlands Assistant Team Leader. She is a writer and speaker who also co-hosts the ‘PEP Talk’ podcast.

  • Roo Miller

    Tutor

    Roo is one of the ministers at Cornerstone Church in Nottingham, having joined the team in 2015 after a few …

    Roo Miller

    Tutor

    Roo is one of the ministers at Cornerstone Church in Nottingham, having joined the team in 2015 after a few years as a Chemistry teacher. He oversees the Small Groups ministry as well as training and leadership development within the church. He trained for ministry through the Crosslands MA programme. Roo and his wife Esther live in Chilwell and have three children.

  • Neil Todman

    Tutor

    Following an early career in Education, Neil became a church pastor. He is currently senior pastor at Headley Park Church …

    Neil Todman

    Tutor

    Following an early career in Education, Neil became a church pastor. He is currently senior pastor at Headley Park Church, a church revitalisation in Bristol which aims to reach two predominately white, working class, communities with the gospel. Neil’s first wife, Elaine, died in 2015. He married Susan in 2018 and together they are raising two teenage sons.

  • Peter Wright

    Tutor

    Peter serves on the staff of Hill Street Presbyterian church in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. He is passionate about helping young …

    Peter Wright

    Tutor

    Peter serves on the staff of Hill Street Presbyterian church in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. He is passionate about helping young people engage with the Bible and also keen to see youth ministry practitioners trained to teach the Bible faithfully and creatively. His teaching experience includes the PCI Youth Ministry Course with Union Theological College, Belfast, where he also took his undergrad and MTh degrees. He is married to Linda with a son Tobias.

  • Duncan Woods

    Tutor

    Duncan is the pastor of Trinity Church Sunderland - a church revitalisation in the middle of the city centre affiliated to …

    Duncan Woods

    Tutor

    Duncan is the pastor of Trinity Church Sunderland – a church revitalisation in the middle of the city centre affiliated to the FIEC. Duncan is married to Laura and they have four sons. Duncan was a history teacher before church ministry. He went on to train at Moore Theological College in Sydney and Oak Hill College, London. Duncan is a fan of almost any sport and a cricket tragic in particular.

Support and Operations

  • Fiona Parker

    Foundation, Communications and Partnerships Manager

    Fiona worked in Newcastle University for nearly ten years before taking on a part-time role in Crosslands managing the …

    Fiona Parker

    Foundation, Communications and Partnerships Manager

    Fiona worked in Newcastle University for nearly ten years before taking on a part-time role in Crosslands managing the Foundation programme and communications and partnerships. Originally from Manchester, she now lives in West Newcastle with her husband and two children, and is involved in a new church in that part of the city.

  • Gordon Macfadyen

    Programme Manager - Basecamp and Lifelong

    Gordon was a lecturer in sport management at Northumbria University for 18 years before joining Crosslands as Programme Manager for …

    Gordon Macfadyen

    Programme Manager - Basecamp and Lifelong

    Gordon was a lecturer in sport management at Northumbria University for 18 years before joining Crosslands as Programme Manager for the Basecamp and Lifelong programmes. He and his wife, Ann, attend Jesmond Parish Church in Newcastle.

  • Office Manager

    Réka completed her Masters degrees in Hungary before she joined various international humanitarian organisations to work and serve around …

    Office Manager

    Réka completed her Masters degrees in Hungary before she joined various international humanitarian organisations to work and serve around the world for almost a decade. She met her British husband while working in West Africa and now they live in Newcastle with their 3 huskies, where they attend International Harvest Church.

  • Ruth Walker

    Seminary Administrator

    Before joining Crosslands, Ruth studied maths at Durham University, was a Relay worker with UCCF, and taught in North Africa …

    Ruth Walker

    Seminary Administrator

    Before joining Crosslands, Ruth studied maths at Durham University, was a Relay worker with UCCF, and taught in North Africa for a year. Originally from the south of England, she now lives in Durham and attends Kings Church.

  • Jen Charteris

    Executive Director

    Jen joined Crosslands after more than 25 years working in organisational leadership and management consulting for government and private sector …

    Jen Charteris

    Executive Director

    Jen joined Crosslands after more than 25 years working in organisational leadership and management consulting for government and private sector clients. Originally from South Africa, she lives in Newcastle where her husband Hugo is pastor of Christ Church Newcastle. She is a trustee of Stewardship, and teaches on Christian leadership, organisational health and governance.

  • Jason Ramasami

    Learning Design Manager

    Jason is a gifted illustrator and educator, bringing his learning design expertise to all our programmes following more than 25 …

    Jason Ramasami

    Learning Design Manager

    Jason is a gifted illustrator and educator, bringing his learning design expertise to all our programmes following more than 25 years as an secondary school teacher. Jason’s other projects include video stories, infographic design, and numerous illustration and visualisation collaborations including Joseph and the Triumph of Grace published by the Scottish Bible Society. He and his family live in Worthing where they are part of Maybridge Community Church.

  • Catherine Carvel

    Seminary Programme Director; Safeguarding Officer

    Catherine qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 and worked in audit for PwC before joining Crosslands. Originally from Northern …

    Catherine Carvel

    Seminary Programme Director; Safeguarding Officer

    Catherine qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 and worked in audit for PwC before joining Crosslands. Originally from Northern Ireland, Catherine now lives in the west of Newcastle with her husband and three children. They are part of a team that has started a new church in West Denton. Catherine also serves as a school governor at a local primary school.

Trustees

  • Ralph Cunnington

    Ralph is pastor of City Church Manchester. He is married to Anna and they have three children. Having previously lectured …

    Ralph Cunnington

    Ralph is pastor of City Church Manchester. He is married to Anna and they have three children. Having previously lectured law for seven years he trained for pastoral ministry at WEST and Westminster Seminary London. Ralph is Director of the Northern Gospel Project and on the steering group of 9:38 and Pebble. He authored Preaching with Spiritual Power and Perfect Unity.
  • Ian Roberts

    Ian is CEO of Christianity Explored and also a member of the Oak Hill College Council. He has particular expertise …

    Ian Roberts

    Ian is CEO of Christianity Explored and also a member of the Oak Hill College Council. He has particular expertise in finances and operating an international ministry, and is a member of Purley Baptist Church.

  • Rebecca Mclaughlin

    Rebecca holds a PhD in Renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill College. She is …

    Rebecca Mclaughlin

    Rebecca holds a PhD in Renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill College. She is cofounder of Vocable Communications, and former vice president of content at the Veritas Forum. She is the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion (2019), 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) About Christianity (2021) and The Secular Creed: Engaging 5 Contemporary Claims (2021).

  • Scott McKay

    Scott was born and raised in a mining village in Barnsley. At the age of 21 he started working for …

    Scott McKay

    Scott was born and raised in a mining village in Barnsley. At the age of 21 he started working for a Church on the Wirral, and has worked full-time in church leadership since then apart from a three-year stint studying at Oak Hill Theological College in London. Since 2008 Scott has had the joy of serving Christ and His people in the city of Hull where he is the lead pastor of Christ Church Newland. He’s married to Laura and they have three children, Benjamin, Ruth and Samuel.

  • Melinda Hendry

    Vice Chair, Trustees

    Melinda is working on an MA in Spiritual Formation at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. She was previously on the senior ministry …

    Melinda Hendry

    Vice Chair, Trustees

    Melinda is working on an MA in Spiritual Formation at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. She was previously on the senior ministry team at All Souls, Langham Place where she led the Ministry Training Scheme and where she remains a member of the congregation. She is a trustee of Living Leadership. She is married to Ross.

Cultivate

  • Dr Claire Williams

    Claire is based in the East Midlands. She is a Human Factors consultant, working mostly in transportation – trying to make …

    Dr Claire Williams

    Claire is based in the East Midlands. She is a Human Factors consultant, working mostly in transportation – trying to make transport great for all kinds of people. She has been on the Cultivate course since Jan 2023, with a focus on artificial intelligence. So far this has involved a lot of reading, some great discussions, a bunch of writing and some podcast/presentations here and there. She is excited about the opportunities for the gospel that are presented by people’s hopes, fears and questions about artificial intelligence.

  • Jonny Reid

    Jonny is based in Oxfordshire where he lives with his wife and two young children. He works for Christians in …

    Jonny Reid

    Jonny is based in Oxfordshire where he lives with his wife and two young children. He works for Christians in Sport, helping elite and amateur sportspeople connect their sport and faith, as well as co-leading a church in his town. He has been on the Cultivate programme since January 2024 with a focus on sport. With sport being one of, if not the, leading past-time in our culture as well as a vocation for many elite athletes, it is essential the church is equipped to both pastor and reach sportspeople with gospel. Jonny is excited about looking into this more in the coming months and continuing to produce training and resources to help all involved in sport connect their passion with their faith.

  • Elizabeth Davey

    Beth lives in Norwich and works as the field administrator for the Centre for Bioethical Reform UK (CBR UK). Her …

    Elizabeth Davey

    Beth lives in Norwich and works as the field administrator for the Centre for Bioethical Reform UK (CBR UK). Her area of study in Cultivate is around a practical theology of place, exploring how God interacts with places and how an understanding of this could help the local church.

  • Steve Palframan

    Steve is the pastor of West Kilburn Baptist Church, a church revitalisation project in London’s most ethnically diverse borough …

    Steve Palframan

    Steve is the pastor of West Kilburn Baptist Church, a church revitalisation project in London’s most ethnically diverse borough. Having joined the Cultivate programme in 2023 he has been considering how attitudes to race and ethnicity shape our churches engagement in global and local mission.

  • Dave Skipper

    Dave has been living in Tokyo with his family since 2010 where they work with a small missions organisation. Dave …

    Dave Skipper

    Dave has been living in Tokyo with his family since 2010 where they work with a small missions organisation. Dave is heavily involved in various underground experimental music subcultures. He is fascinated by unusual and extreme sonic textures and the power of sound, out of which he is researching and developing a theology-of-sound project called Deep Sonics.
  • Hadden Turner

    Hadden lives in Chelmsford, Essex. He is a freelance writer, essayist, and poet, writing on the themes of agrarianism and …

    Hadden Turner

    Hadden lives in Chelmsford, Essex. He is a freelance writer, essayist, and poet, writing on the themes of agrarianism and agriculture, nature, and occasionally on technology. On the Cultivate course his focus is on an evangelical understanding of environmental stewardship. This draws upon his experience in the nature conservation space and voluntary work he has undertaken alongside extensive reading and thinking on the subject. He hopes to clearly articulate the responsibilities we have as Christians for the wonderful gift we have been given in God’s magnificent creation, and how rightly stewarding it brings glory to God the Creator, and provides opportunities for evangelism – especially to a world that is fearful of environmental crisis.
  • Magriet Cruywagen

    Magriet is based in Glasgow . She is a social researcher and systemic coach working at the intersection of education, social …

    Magriet Cruywagen

    Magriet is based in Glasgow . She is a social researcher and systemic coach working at the intersection of education, social and health policy and practice, with a central interest in the design and implementation of research-practice collaborations and other collaborative research strategies that foster enabling spaces for collaborative knowledge discovery and stewardship. She joined the Cultivate cohort in January 2024 with a focus on disentangling a few of the dominant philosophical commitments that underpin processes of researching/learning about the (social) world, and mapping out some of the compelling alternatives that a Biblical, gospel-centred lens offers us.
  • Jim Murkett

    Jim works full time as the Team Leader for UCCF in the Midlands region where he supports Christian students in …

    Jim Murkett

    Jim works full time as the Team Leader for UCCF in the Midlands region where he supports Christian students in living and speaking for Jesus during their time at University. He and his wife, Eve, live in Kenilworth and Jim also serves as part of the leadership team of Kenilworth Community Church. Jim’s research interest is the doctrine of common grace – especially as it is articulated and defended in the theology of Abraham Kuyper.  He enjoys drinking tea, talking theology and quoting Taylor Swift – ideally at the same time.

  • Michael Williams

    Michael is based in the East Midlands. He runs UCCF's Theology Network supporting and training undergraduate theologians across Britain …

    Michael Williams

    Michael is based in the East Midlands. He runs UCCF’s Theology Network supporting and training undergraduate theologians across Britain to see the gospel deeply shape their studies. He joined the Cultivate programme in January 2024 and is focusing on sin, salvation and human flourishing in the Church Fathers. He’s excited for the potential that these early theologians bring for reviving the way we read the bible and seeing facets of the gospel which can connect with cultural questions of what it is to be human in new ways.