South west ministry training course
Ministry Training

Training Team

Christopher Southgate
Christopher Southgate is Principal of the South West Ministry Training Course and Associate Professor in Theology at the University of Exeter. He has previously worked in University and hospital chaplaincy. He has been teaching the science-religion debate, and ecological theology, since 1993. He is the editor of 'God, Humanity and the Cosmos' (3rd edn T&T Clark 2011), one of the standard textbooks in the science-religion field, and co-edited 'Ecological Hermeneutics' (T&T Clark 2010). His 'the Groaning of Creation' (WJK 2008) is a major study of the problem of suffering in evolution, and includes two chapters on environmental issues. With David Horrell and Cherryl Hunt he co-wrote 'Greening Paul' (Baylor, 2010), an intensive study of how key Pauline texts can be read ecotheologically.
More recently Chris has contributed to the forthcoming 'Cambridge Companion to the Problem of Evil', and has given the 2014 Sarum Lectures on the theme of divine glory. Chris is also a much-published poet; his latest collection is ‘Chasing the Raven' (Shoestring 2016).

David Nixon
David Nixon is Dean of Studies of the South West Ministerial Training Course, responsible for academic pathways and the evening-class programme, and also Staff Tutor. He has been an Honorary Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Education (Exeter) since 2003 and also a Teaching Fellow. He has studied modern languages and theology in Durham, Oxford, Rome and Exeter, with a PhD in theology entitled Stories from the Street: Towards a Theology of Homelessness. This has been recently published by Ashgate. He has written extensively about issues of marginalisation; this includes practical work and reflection on inner city regeneration and ministry, as well as sexualities in education and the Church. He was ordained priest in 1992 and has served in Plymouth and Exeter in parishes and chaplaincy.

Kim Mathers
Kim Mathers is Director of Clergy Training Phase 1 and Phase 2. She is responsible for the training and oversight of ordinands and curates. Kim was born and bred in Exeter and studied law at Southampton University gaining an LL.B. She went on to study theology in London and Bristol. Ordained Deacon in Winchester Cathedral in 1989 Kim served her curacy in Bitterne, Southampton and she was among the first women to be priested in 1994. Kim worked in parishes in the diocese of Winchester, Bristol and Rochester before coming to the Diocese of Exeter in 2004. Before joining SWMTC, Kim was Team Rector of a benefice of eleven rural churches in North Devon, during which time she gained valuable experience as a training incumbent for a number of curates and as a home minister to ordinands. Kim was made a Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral in 2013. She lives in Barnstaple with her husband Ken and they have a grown up daughter, Ruth.

Dave Carrington
Dave Carrington is Director of Lay Education at SWMTC. He oversees the Reader training programme and Foundations in Christian Ministry course, and has responsibility for the Diocese of Exeter’s discipleship programme, Exploring Christianity. Dave had a career in science before being ordained. After gaining a degree in Natural Science at Cambridge University he worked for nearly 20 years at the Met Office, in climate research and the development of weather forecasts before moving into professional training where he spent 12 years. He latterly had responsibility for the Met Office’s training college. He left in 2007 to train for ordination, studying theology at Trinity College Bristol. He was a curate in Bovey Tracey and in the Netherexe group of rural parishes near Exeter, and is now part-time Team Vicar in Appledore, Northam and Westward Ho! alongside his SWMTC role. He enjoys writing creative dialogues and stories weaving Scriptural narratives with contemporary and theological issues, for use in teaching and worship. He is married to Dawn and has one son at university.

Sue Sheppard
Sue is SWMTC staff tutor. Sue studied at the University of Exeter gaining a BA (Hons) History: 2:1 in 1980, after which she was awarded a PGCE in secondary education by the University of Durham in 1981 and began a career in teaching. She trained with SWMTC 1995-1998, gaining an MA in theology from the University of Exeter and was ordained Deacon in 1998 and Priest in 1999. Sue became Chaplain of St Peter’s Church of England High School Exeter in 1999, before joining the staff of SWMTC in 2005. After a spell as Acting Principal in 2008 she became Director of the IME1-3 programme. She is also Module Director of the University of Durham (Common Awards) Brief introduction to Church History Module (TMM1147).Sue was made a Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral in 2011. She is also an associate minister in the Netherexe Mission Community, just north of Exeter. Sue is married to Guy and has two grown up children.

Lucy Larkin
Lucy Larkin is SWMTC Staff Tutor for Cornwall. She studied Theology at the University of Birmingham gaining, over the years, a BA, M Phil and PhD, the latter two in the area of Ecotheology. She has published articles and book chapters on this topic. She gained a P.G.C.E from Westminster College in Oxford and taught Religious Education at secondary schools in London and at a sixth form college in Bristol. Lucy has lived a large part of her adult life in Adelaide, South Australia and was ordained deacon in 2008 and priest in 2009 in the Anglican Church of Australia. She served her curacy in Adelaide and was part of the clergy team of St Peter's Cathedral in that city. She also taught ordinands at St Barnabas' Theological College, Adelaide. Lucy now lives in Truro, Cornwall with her husband Jonathan and their three teenage children.


Teaching Staff
We have a number of other specialist teachers who teach on evening classes, at residential weekends, study days and curate events.

Volunteer staff
We are also supported by dedicated volunteer staff who serve as teachers, personal tutors, spouse accompaniers and chaplains. These include:
Chaplain to Ordinands weekends - Revds Juliet Horwood and Michael Sansom
Chaplain to Readers in training and Foundations in Christian Ministry - Revd Sandra Gill

We have speakers for special events and lectures drawn from among theologians, academics, bishops and other college principals, such as the Bishops of Truro and Exeter, Canon Mark Oakley, Revd Canon Dr David Hewlett, Revd Canon Dr David Ison, Elaine Storkey and Dr Sheila Cassidy.
We have co-sponsored theological lectures at Exeter cathedral with speakers including Revd Dr Sam Wells, Dr Paula Gooder and Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally.



Admin
SWMTC Office, Suite 1.3, Renslade House, Bonhay Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3AY


Mrs Laura McLachlan
Programmes Co-ordinator

admin@swmtc.org.uk (01392) 272544

PLEASE CONTACT LAURA WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT SWMTC

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER - If you need to contact us during a residential weekend, the number is 07771 316782

The programmes co-ordinator is normally present in the office most days (Mon to Wed in term time and Mon-Fri in holidays), from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm. She is responsible for all general administration and is always ready to do all she can to answer any questions or concerns.


Dr Cherryl Hunt
Academic Administrator academic@swmtc.org.uk

Cherryl works part time helping to organise the academic aspects of the Course.


Sharon Gove
Finance/Database Administrator, finance@swmtc.org.uk
(01392) 272544

Sharon works part time, normally Thursdays and Fridays, on all financial aspects.


Lucy Wynn
PA to the Principal, principal@swmtc.org.uk
(01392) 272544

Lucy works part time, normally Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and occasionally Fridays, 9:30am to 3pm, in support of the Principal.
SWMTC: Contact: Administrator Laura McLachlan on 01392 272544 admin@swmtc.org.uk
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