Anthony Purvis lives and works at St Michael’s Priory – formerly the Well – in Willen. St Michael’s is part of an Anglican religious order (the Society of the Sacred Mission) whose mission seeks to connect prayer and contemplation to the day-to-day realities of life in and around Milton Keynes. His involvement with the coMPass courses began when they first started in 2014.
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 and as a Priest Associate at St Michael’s Priory. 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.
Steve Chilcraft is the current chair of the Teach Beyond Board of Directors. He is nowadays a freelance Christian worker based in Milton Keynes with multiple interests ranging from local community initiatives to national and international mission. He runs a local Bible School and serves as a trustee of a number of charities. Once described as “God’s Odd Job Man”, during his long career Steve has worked for a number of leading Christian mission agencies running projects in the UK and continental Europe. He is a gifted teacher, writer and creative thinker. He has a passion for evangelical Christians to be activists with an intelligent faith, a good knowledge of the Bible and an openness to God. He worships at Stony Stratford Community Church. He studied at Birmingham Bible Institute and has a MA in Mission. His book, ‘One of Us’, was published in 1993.
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 coordinates our Christmas advertising campaigns…