College of Preachers management
The Chair: The Right Rev. Stephen Cottrell: Bishop of Chelmsford
The Executive Committee:
Rev. Paul Burden: Parish Priest, Diocese of Bath and Wells
Rev. Canon Dr. Christopher Burkett: Director of Ministry, Diocese of Chester
Paul Johns: Methodist Local Preacher; Storyteller; former Management Development Consultant
Rev. David Muskett: Anglican Priest, Petersfield, Liphook and Haslemere Methodist Circuit
Rev. Canon Gordon Oliver: Former Director of Ministry and Training, Diocese of Rochester; Parish Priest, same Diocese; Member of the Church of England General Synod; Strategist
Rev. Barry Overend: Member of the Editorial Board of The Preacher
Graham Pearcey: Methodist Local Preacher; Circuit Tutor, Woking and Walton-on-Thames Methodist Circuit
Dai Rees: Treasurer of The College of Preachers
Rev. Dr. Dominic Robinson, SJ: Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at Heythrop College, University of London
Rev. Liz Shercliff: Trainer of Preachers, Diocese of Chester; Educationalist
Rev. Canon Roger Spiller: Recently retired Director of Ordinands, Diocese of Coventry; formerly involved in Parish Ministry and Adult Theological Education
Rev. Canon Chris Stone: Chair of the Executive Committee; Rector of Gravesend
Minutes Secretary to the Executive Committee:
The Director: Paul Johns
About our Director
Paul Johns became Director of the College in September 2006 and is due to stand down later this year. In anticipation of this, the 2013 AGM elected him onto the Executive Committee for the first time. He is a Methodist Local Preacher, has an MA in History at Oxford, and in 2010 completed an MTh. through the College.
Paul has had a varied career. He worked for many years as a management consultant for different companies, big and small. In the 1980s he was active in the peace movement, becoming Chair of first Christian CND and then, for two years, CND as a whole. He later became Managing Director of Traidcraft; and followed this with five years part-time work for the FA Premier League, helping to improve communication between clubs and supporters. He is a co-founder of SANA, a small joint Christian Muslim development agency in Bosnia where he has worked for several weeks a year since 1994.
Paul has in the past been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's "Thought for the Day". He writes and tell stories, one book of which, "September 11th and Beyond", has been published. He also writes plays for performance locally in West Bridgford, Nottingham, where he has lived for most of the last 40 years.
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