The Revd Dr David Bryan, B.Sc B.Theol. D.Phil (Oxon) –  Dean
David is the leader of the community of learning and formation.  Before joining Lindisfarne he was Rector of St Andrew's, Darlington. He previously taught New Testament Studies at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham. His special interest is research about Jesus and his homeland and he published a Lent book entitled 'Jesus: his home, his journey, his challenge' (2013). He is passionate about the need for fresh and imaginative approaches to mission and ministry and desperately wants the churches in the region to flourish and grow. David has also written a book on the Old Testament and articles connected to Jesus Studies. Other passions include Liverpool FC, spending time in the Peak District with his family, and the music of U2.

  Dr Melody Briggs, BA, MA, MA, PhD (Sheffield) – Senior Formational Tutor

Melody is responsible for teaching Mission Studies and Theology.  She is also the Placement Tutor for first year students. She has worked in the field of theological education for over twenty years and has taught in a variety of settings, including churches, mission teams, a range of theological colleges and courses, and Durham University’s Community and Youth Work course. She is the Visiting Fellow in Bible and Christian Ministry at St John’s College, Durham and author of the books, 'How Children Read Biblical Narrative' (2017) and the Grove Booklet, 'Interpreting Bible Stories for Children and Young Teens' (2016). Melody is married, has three mostly grown children, and one lively puppy.

  Jenny Burton, BA
Jenny is Lindisfarne's Academic Administrator.  She joined Lindisfarne at its launch in September 2009, having previously worked in the charity sector.  She is responsible for the administrative support of the BATM programme.

The chaplains' role is to help with the leading of worship on evenings when we meet for learning and to be available for the personal support of all Lindisfarne students.
  The Revd Stephen Herbert (Newcastle)
Stephen has served in parishes in USA, Canada and the UK and is currently Vicar of St Martin's Byker and St Anthony's Byker and Coordinator of Mission Initiative Newcastle East. In the past he has been an Associate Tutor in Mission for Lindisfarne RTP.

  The Revd Barbara Hilton (Durham)
Barbara joined Lindisfarne as a student in its first year. Three years of Reader training were followed by two years of ordination training.  She is Priest in Charge of Tudhoe, St David and Croxdale St Bartholomew, in plurality and Kirk Merrington, St John the Evangelist. Barbara says, "I owe a great debt to Lindisfarne and their training and so I am delighted to
be part of the team and look forward to getting to know
people on their journey."

Associate Tutors

  The Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett, BA, MA, PhD
Tutor, Denominational History and Principles

Alan is Clergy Development Advisor for the Diocese of Durham. He is also a Visiting Fellow at St John’s College Durham and a non-residentiary canon of Durham Cathedral. Previously he was vicar of St Giles’ Durham with Sherburn and Shadforth for nine years and before that was Tutor in Anglican Studies, Church History and Spirituality at Cranmer Hall and Director of the postgraduate programmes. He served his curacies in Newcastle. He is the author of Humane Christianity (2004), A Passionate Balance (2007) and Looking through Jesus (forthcoming). He is also Chair of the Lindisfarne RTP Board of Examiners. Alan is married with two adult children and two not very adult dogs!

  The Revd Dr Michael Beck, BD, DMin
Tutor, Introduction to Preaching
Course Leader, Authorised Lay Funeral Ministry Course

Michael has more than 30 years of experience as a parish priest in a wide variety of contexts including locum hospital chaplain, police chaplain, area dean and Durham's Director of Reader Ministry. He was Reader Formational Tutor with Lindisfarne until retirement in July 2016. Michael’s major academic interest is in preaching (his DMIn is in this area), and also in bereavement studies and music. He is married with one adult son and enjoys reading (especially military history), musical theatre and gardening.

  Dr Jeremy Bonner, BA, MA, PhD
Tutor, Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History

Jeremy was the Ramsey Fellow in Anglican Studies at the University of Durham from 2013-2015. The holder of a PhD in history from the Catholic University of America, he has taught at Robert Morris University, Duquesne University and the University of Sheffield. He has written and published on various aspects of modern American and English church history, including Called Out of Darkness Into Marvelous Light: A History of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, 1750-2006 (2009); and Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II (2013). Jeremy has also co-edited Costly Communion: Ecumenical Initiative and Sacramental Strife in the Anglican Communion (forthcoming in 2018).

  The Revd Andrew Bowsher, BA, PG Cert(s), MA
Tutor, Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context; Multi Faith Awareness

Andii is currently Chaplain at Northumbria University. Previously he was parish priest in South and West Yorkshire in urban contexts and university chaplain in Bradford. He was also a lecturer in Practical Theology at St John’s Nottingham. When he's not wrestling his grandsons or amusing his granddaughter, he likes to walk the beach at Cullercoats with his wife or have coffee with her in Jesmond. Currently he's writing a daily office based on the Lord's prayer and researching how Christian students transition to university in addition to the 'day job' of co-ordinating a team of differing faiths trying to engage a large secular university.

  The Revd Canon Richard Bryant, DipMin, MA, MA
Tutor, Old Testament Studies; Authorised Lay Funeral Ministry Course

Richard was the Principal of the Newcastle Local Ministry Scheme and of the Reader Training Course, a position he held until he became Director of Studies for Lindisfarne RTP in 2009. He retired in 2011 but has continued to tutor, supervise and mark for Lindisfarne, as well as following up interests in working with refugees and asylum seekers, in inter-faith activities and in learning Arabic. Richard did an MA thesis at Durham University investigating the Anger of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel. Richard is married to Barbara, and they have two children and five grandchildren. He also loves playing with languages, cycling and football.

  The Revd Dr Benjamin Carter, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD
Tutor, Denominational History and Principles

Benjamin is the Vicar of the Parishes by the Wall – which cover about 140 square miles of the most famous stretches of Hadrian’s Wall – in the Diocese of Newcastle. Before ordination he taught history and philosophy at the University of Bristol with research focusing on Seventeenth-century intellectual history. This research focused largely on the writings of the Cambridge Platonists, and resulted in a book and several articles on the ethical and political philosophy of Ralph Cudworth. More recently Benjamin’s work has reflected on his experience in ministry which has included an article in the Church Times following the flooding of Haydon Bridge in 2015, and a reflection on Church buildings in the life and mission of the Rural Church. Benjamin is married with two young daughters who he enjoys exploring Northumberland with. He is also a Board member of LRTP.

  The Revd Dominic Coad, BA, MA, PhD
Tutor, Methods in Modern Theology

Dominic studied at the University of Exeter, where he completed his PhD, entitled Creation’s Praise of God: An Ecological Theology of non-Human and Human Being. From there he went on to train for ordination at Westcott College, Cambridge and served his curacy in the diocese of Peterborough. In 2016 he was licenced as Team Vicar in the Benwell and Scotswood Team, Newcastle, with responsibility for the Church of the Venerable Bede, on the West Road. His role also encompasses social engagement and interfaith relations within the team.  Dominic’s areas of interest are primarily within systematic and contemporary theology, including the doctrine of creation, the problem of evil, biblical hermeneutics and theology and the arts.  Dominic is married to Frances and they have a baby son, James.

  The Revd Dr Andrew Dowsett, BA, PhD
Tutor, Old Testament Studies; Christian Theology, Ritual and Pastoral Care

Since 2013, Andrew has been Minster Priest of Sunderland Minster in Durham Diocese. Prior to that, he served in two contrasting posts in Liverpool Diocese. His academic background is in Biblical & Cultural Studies. Between completing his doctoral thesis on the Bible in Popular Music, and training for ordination in Nottingham, he was for six years on the staff of St Thomas' in Sheffield. His interests are in biblical literacy in general, and the development of vocation--of the whole people of God--according to the five people-gifts listed in Ephesians 4.  Andrew is married to Jo, and they have three children.

  The Revd Joanne Logan, BATM, BA, PGDip, MA
Tutor, New Testament Studies; Authorised Lay Funeral Ministry Course

Jo was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 2006 after a 15 year career in finance. Following a curacy in North Yorkshire, she worked as a hospice chaplain before starting a PhD in New Testament biblical studies at Durham University. Her PhD looks at how a particularly contentious biblical text about marriage is read today. She has previously taught modules for Readers in training in Leeds and for adult learners in St Albans. She is married with a young daughter and enjoys reading (especially Private Eye), films and watching Strictly.

  The Revd Dr Pat Moran BA, PGCE, MA, PhD
Tutor, Christian Theology, Ritual and Pastoral Care

Pat has just finished her curacy in North Tyneside, and has been appointed priest in charge of Bywell (Stocksfield) and Mickley in Newcastle Diocese. Pat’s initial degree was in languages, and for much of her professional life, she taught Spanish as well as working as a professional translator and teaching translation studies. She has a real heart for adult education and her doctoral research was into adults’ experience of faith formation. She is also passionate about collaborative ministry. Pat trained for ordination with Lindisfarne, and is delighted to return in a teaching role and as a personal tutor. She is married to Julio and they have two adult children.

  The Revd Peter Sinclair, BSc, DipTh
Tutor, Foundations for Theology and Reflective Practice

Peter retired in 2017 as Vicar of Newbiggin by the Sea in Newcastle Diocese. Prior to that he ran his own consultancy business, was an Hon Minor Canon in Durham Cathedral and led a project called After Sunday which aims to support and encourage people to strengthen the connection between faith and their daily work and life. Peter was ordained as a priest in 2002 and spent most of his working life in ICI, the chemical company focusing on individual and organisational development. He is married with three grown up children and lives in Darlington.

  Samuel Tranter, BD, MTh
Tutor, Introduction to Christian Ethics

Samuel is a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, having previously studied at the University of Aberdeen. His interests range across doctrinal, moral, and pastoral theology. At the moment, along with writing his doctoral thesis, he is co-authoring an accessible introduction to Christian Ethics for SCM Press. Samuel is a devotee of his some-time home town football team, Blackburn Rovers.

  Benjamin White, BES, MATs
Tutor, New Testament Studies

Ben is currently completing his PhD thesis on the strength in weakness paradox in 2 Corinthians. Prior to moving to Durham, he worked in full-time ministry in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Ben is a Fellow of the Center for Pastor-Theologians in Chicago and he and his partner, Brittany, live at St John's College, Durham where they serve as Resident Tutors.

  The Revd Dr Sue Wilson, BPharm, MATm, PhD
Tutor, Introductino to Spirituality and Discipleship

Sue has been an Associate Tutor for Lindisfarne for a number of years, teaching on various modules and lay discipleship courses.  She also acts as Personal Tutor to Independent students on the BATMM programme. Sue retired from full-time parochial ministry in 2013, having served in Jesmond, Willington Quay and Heaton, but remains interested in making connections between church worship, spirituality and everyday life. She enjoys the challenge of leading quiet days and retreats. Other interests are her garden, ‘upcycling’ and knitting for charity.

  The Revd Rachel Wood, BA, BD, MA
Tutor, Methods in Modern Theology

Rachel has taught with Lindisfarne since it began, having previously taught Practical Theology and Doctrine for NEOC and the Durham Diocesan OLM Training Scheme. After working as Local Ministry Development Officer for Newcastle Diocese, she is now Vicar of St Mary's Monkseaton. Her teaching interests are around theological formation, contextual and practical theology but will argue strongly that all theology is (or should be) practical.

  The Revd Gavin Wort, BATh, PGDip, MA
Tutor, Multi Faith Awareness

Gavin is Vicar of the Parish of the Holy Cross, Fenham in the West End of Newcastle and Chair of the Diocese of Newcastle’s Committee for Inter-Faith and Ethnic Relations. Previously, he was the Coordinating Chaplain at Northumbria University. Gavin has a passion for interfaith dialogue and is involved in various grassroots interfaith initiatives in Newcastle. He enjoys the opportunity to teach and share with Lindisfarne students exploring Christian engagement with other faiths.

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