Our People

Our People

SWMTC employs a highly talented staff of academics, experienced practitioners and creative thinkers. See also below for information about SWMTC governance and trustees.

Staff

Joint Principal:
Canon Dr Jonathan Rowe

Dr Jonathan Rowe is Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Truro and a Lay Canon of Truro Cathedral. Jonathan has long and wide experience of theological education in both the UK and Spain, including previously working for SWMTC. Jonathan teaches Old Testament, Ethics and Christian Mission, having published books and articles in these fields.

Joint Principal:
Revd Preb Philip Sourbut

Revd Prebendary Philip Sourbut is Director of Mission and Ministry for the Diocese of Exeter. Philip has long experience in Parish Ministry and was previously Director of Phase 2 training at SWMTC as well as a staff tutor. He has a particular interest in how we nurture the practice of preaching.

Vice Principal:
Revd Dr Dominic Cyrus

After gaining a BSc in civil engineering and working as a site engineer, Dominic followed his passion for theology and ministry. He completed his second BA in ‘Bible and Theology’ and MA in ‘Theology and Hermeneutics’. Dominic trained for ordained ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge whilst completing a PhD in Systematic Theology at King’s College, London. He served his curacy in a deprived Black Country parish in the West Midlands. He has significant experience in teaching theology and giving seminars and papers at various levels and contexts in the UK and Europe.

Academic Registrar:
Dr Cherryl Hunt

The Academic Registrar oversees SWMTC’s academic programmes and is the person to contact if you have any questions about studying with us.

Cherryl Hunt has PhDs in cell biology and theology. As well as being part-time Academic Registrar for SWMTC she pursues research interests into how ordinary modern Christians might better engage their ancient scriptures. Her other interests and teaching (for the University of Exeter as well as SWMTC) include the letters of Paul, and how the Bible is used in ethical debate, especially around scientific topics such as the environment, the status of the early human embryo, genetic modification, and human enhancement.

Director of Clergy Training:
Revd Preb Kim Mathers

The Director of Clergy Training is responsible for the training and oversight of ordinands and curates. Kim covers Phase 1 training across SWMTC and Phase 2 in the Diocese of Exeter.

Kim Mathers studied law at Southampton University then theology in London and Bristol. She was among the first women to be priested in 1994, and 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.

Director of Lay Education:
Revd David Carrington

The Director of Lay Education oversees the Reader Training programme and Foundations in Christian Ministry course.

David Carrington had a career in science before being ordained. After gaining a degree in Natural Science at Cambridge University he worked at the Met Office in climate research and the development of weather forecasts for about 7 years then in professional training for 12 years. 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, was Team Vicar in Appledore, Northam and Westward Ho!, and is now part-time Team Vicar for Escot, Feniton and Payhembury in the Otter Vale team alongside his SWMTC role.

Staff Tutor for Devon:
Revd Preb Sue Sheppard​

Staff Tutors have day-to-day oversight of students and candidates living in their geographical areas, and lead their tutor group.

Sue Sheppard has a BA in History from the University of Exeter and a PGCE from Durham University. She trained with SWMTC 1995-1998, gaining an MA in Theology from the University of Exeter. She was ordained Priest in 1999, and became chaplain of St Peter’s Church of England High School in Exeter. She joined the staff of SWMTC in 2005. After a spell as Acting Principal in 2008, she was appointed Director of the Initial Ministerial Education Phases 1-3 programme. She is also Director of the Durham University (Common Awards) Module, Brief Introduction to Church History, and an associate minister in the Netherexe Mission Community.

Staff Tutor for Cornwall:
Revd Dr Lucy Larkin

Staff Tutors have day-to-day oversight of students and candidates living in their geographical areas, and lead their tutor group. Lucy is also responsible for Phase 2 of clergy training in the Diocese of Truro.

Lucy Larkin has a BA in Theology and MPhil and PhD in Ecotheology from the University of Birmingham. She gained a PGCE from Westminster College in Oxford, and has taught Religious Education in London and Bristol. Lucy was ordained Priest in 2009 in the Anglican Church of Australia. She served her curacy, was on the clergy team of St Peter’s Cathedral, and taught ordinands at St Barnabas’ Theological College, all in Adelaide. Lucy now lives in Truro, Cornwall. She has published articles and book chapters on Ecotheology.

Programmes Coordinator and Administrator:
Belinda Speed-Andrews

The Programmes Coordinator and Administrator has day-to-day oversight of SWMTC’s administration, including residential weekends, courses, meetings, catering and booking of venues.

Belinda trained with SWMTC and was ordained in September 2017. She is now a Self-Supporting Curate with the Two Rivers Mission Community in North Devon. She originally trained as a Flautist at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow in the early 1980s. She then moved to West Malaysia, where she taught English as a Second Language for 23 years. She returned to the UK in 2007, working in the retail and holiday sector alongside training for Ordination, before moving to her current role with SWMTC.

Academic Administrator:
Chris Halls

The Academic Administrator works with the Academic Registrar to ensure SWMTC’s programmes are well organised and student records are up-to-date.

Chris Halls holds an MA and M.Th. in Practical Theology and Missional Leadership. As well as his role as Academic Administrator, he has teaching responsibilities at SWMTC. He is currently Exeter campus leader and Theology tutor for Formission College and a chaplain on the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy team at the University of Exeter. Chris has lectured in Biblical studies in Nairobi and been Principal of Christian Schools in Niagara Falls and Vancouver as well as serving as Associate Minister of Highfield Church, Southampton.

Chaplains

Chaplains to Ordinand weekends: Revd Juliet Horwood and Revd Canon Michael Sansom

Chaplain to Readers in Training and Foundations in Christian Ministry: Revd Sandra Gill

Other staff

We have a number of other specialist staff who teach on evening classes, at residential weekends, study days and curate events. We are also supported by dedicated volunteer staff who serve as teachers, personal tutors, and spouse accompaniers.

Governance

The South West Ministry Training Course is a company limited by guarantee (company number 3070559 and registered charity number 1056606).

Trustees:

  • The Rt Revd Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans (Chair)
  • The Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
  • The Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth
  • The Ven Dr Mark Butchers, Archdeacon of Barnstaple
  • Revd Hilary Dawson
  • Revd Canon Graham Thompson, Chair of Plymouth & Exeter District of the Methodist Church

Special advisors to the trustees:

  • Prof Grace Davie
  • Revd Prof Andrew Lewis