United Reformed Church

Training contacts

There are a number of people you can contact for support and advice about learning and discipleship. There are people who are based in Church House, synods and local churches or who are part of the wider United Reformed Church.

Roles and responsibilities

Having overall responsibility for the management of all congregational training, lay ministry training and continuing ministerial education, they:

  • plan and conduct learning events, including special topic events and Synod Schools
  • support individuals to make learning decisions based on need arising from the context of their place of ministry
  • arrange whatever funding for learning is agreed at Synod and by Assembly Committees
  • support specific lay and ordained ministries including Elders and Interim Moderators
  • support the arrangement of any supervision for specific ministries
  • support training for congregations
  • work with other synod staff for synod development

For training contacts at Church House, email [email protected] or [email protected].

Synod training contacts

This Synod covers Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.

Email: Mrs Lucy Cooke, Learning & Development Officer.

This Synod covers Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, parts of Cheshire and Derbyshire.

Email: Revd Dr Rob Hoch, Training and Learning Mentor

This Synod covers Liverpool, Merseyside, Wirral, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Crewe, and the Isle of Man

Email: Dr Emma Howarth, Training & Development Officer

This Synod covers the whole of Yorkshire.

The Revd Alison Micklem represents Yorkshire on the TD+ Network. Email [email protected] for more information

This Synod covers Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northants, Milton Keynes and parts of Cambridgeshire and Staffordshire.

Email: Derek Graham, Training & Development Officer

This Synod covers Birmingham, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, the Black Country and Shropshire.

Email: The Revd Stuart Scott, Education & Learning Officer (Ministries)

This Synod covers Cambridge, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Email: Jo Clare-Young, Mission and Training Officer

This Synod covers Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Email: Synod Clerk for training advice.

This Synod covers Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands, half of Surrey and small parts of Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire.

Email: The Revd Mary Thomas, Development & Support Officer (South)
Email: The Revd Ray Stanyon, Development & Support Officer (North)

This Synod covers Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Greater London and Hertfordshire.

Email: Revd Dr Julian Templeton, Training and Development Officer.  

This Synod covers Kent, south London and parts of East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey.

Email: The Revd Andy Twilley, Development Officer for Education & Learning

Email: The Revd Jason Askew, Training & Development Officer

Email: Revd Dr John McNeil Scott, Principal of the Scottish College and on the TD+ Network.

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