Tutors

Carolyn Sanderson is an authorised preacher in Walton LEP, a former Diocesan Officer, and a published hymnwriter. She has also worked as a counsellor, trainer, adult educator and teacher of English Literature. She has a PhD in Sixteenth Century French Literature.

Gill Barrow-Jones is Rector of the Benefice of Wolverton. She loves being a parish priest and the variety of people, situations and experiences of God that this brings.

John Robertson is the Director of Ecumenical Mission for the Milton Keynes Mission Partnership. Following six years in industry, John trained for the ministry at Cambridge where he graduated with a 1st in Theology and received the prize for Biblical Studies. He has taught in a wide range of settings from parish groups to university programmes. For coMPass he has delivered courses on Understanding Faith, Sharing Faith and with his wife, Sue, Beginning to Pray.

Katharine Crowsley is the pioneer leader of Cook@Chapel Fresh Expression of Church in Hanslope. She is course leader of the Thames Valley Mission Shaped Ministry Course and has recently completed a degree in Pioneer Ministry at Church Mission Society, Oxford.

Keith Straughan  Fr Keith (Revd Prof Keith Straughan to give him his full title) has always been a confused soul. When he was at school, he couldn’t decide whether to read, physics, medicine or theology at university. So, he ended up doing all three! Keith’s first degree in pure physics opened his eyes wide to the wonders and intricacies of creation and the power of mathematics as a language to describe it. The passion for medicine never quite left him, so there followed a Doctorate in radiological imaging when Keith was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to be on the team which commissioned the first clinical MRI scanner in the world. Eventually, theology caught up with him, and that was followed by ordination as an Anglican priest. Before moving to MK, Keith held senior academic and priestly posts at Cambridge University. He previously held faculty posts at Imperial College and several London medical schools, and was the founder of five high-tech start-up companies. He first came to MK to head-up the project to develop the new University for Milton Keynes. Having taken early retirement, Keith now works as Associate Priest in the Walton Churches Partnership. He maintains his scholarly interests in theology and technology and is active as a consultant in higher education and technology. He is the author of 113 papers and 6 patents.

Peter Ballantine – Recently retired from 42 years of ordained ministry, Peter still carries on his teaching and educational ministry.

Sharon Grenham-Thompson originally qualified as a solicitor, and then went on to be ordained in the Anglican Church in 1998. She is currently the Team Leader of the Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership, in the West of Milton Keynes, as well as Assistant Area Dean for the Anglican Deanery of Milton Keynes. Sharon spent a number of years as a full-time prison chaplain, with postings at Oakhill STC and HMP Woodhill in MK, before becoming the Senior Chaplain at HMP Bedford, where she led a large multi-faith team caring for male prisoners. Over the past two decades she has also been a regular contributor to BBC Radio Religion and Ethics, including Radio 2’s ‘Pause For Thought’ and Radio 4’s ‘Daily Service’, ‘Sunday Worship’ and ‘Prayer for the Day.’ In 2010 Sharon won a Jerusalem Award for a radio broadcast about mental health. Her book, ‘Jail Bird’, is available to order from most book outlets, and was featured in national media, as well as at the Cheltenham Literature festival, in 2016. Sharon still writes for ‘Inside Times’, the national newspaper for prisoners.

Tim Norwood is currently the Anglican Area Dean, but has been in and out of Milton Keynes since he was six. He spends a lot of time dealing with organisational issues, but has a passion for building up churches so they can change the world. He has a particular interest in communication and coordinated our Christmas advertising campaigns.

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