The Revd Dr Kate Bruce
Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall, Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research
Fellow in Preaching
Kate was ordained in 2001, after seven very happy years as a secondary school English teacher in
Yorkshire. Following a curacy in Ripon, she worked as Associate Priest at St Oswald’s Durham and
was Chaplain to Van Mildert and Trevelyan Colleges.
Following this she was appointed as Chaplain to St John’s College, a post she combined with PhD
research as Fellow in Preaching with CODEC which included teaching preaching and apologetics at
Cranmer Hall. She took up her post as Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics in April 2013 and was
awarded her doctoral thesis on imagination and preaching last year.
Kate is the Fellow in preaching at CODEC, which is a research centre of Durham University, based at
St John’s College, exploring the interfaces between the Bible, theology, the digital environment and
contemporary culture (https://www.dur.ac.uk/codec/).
The Revd Dr Philip Plyming
Warden, Cranmer Hall
Philip has been Warden of Cranmer Hall since May, having trained here between 1998-2001. Since being here for the first time he was a curate in Winchester Diocese and then served for 11 years as Vicar of Claygate in the Diocese of Guildford, a parish church which saw a number of women and men respond to a call to ordained ministry over the years. Philip served for eight years on General Synod and was for five years Area Dean of Emly – a place that doesn’t actually exist! Philip is married to Annabelle and they have two sons at secondary school.
The Revd Lis Goddard
Vicar of St James the Less in Pimlico, Chair of AWESOME
Lis has been Vicar of St James the Less since September 2010. This follows a year spent as Associate
Vicar at St Mary’s Stoke Bishop in Bristol; a short-term appointment to provide consultancy on
leadership structures. She trained for ordination alongside her husband, Andrew, being ordained in
1996 and sharing a curacy with him in Oxfordshire.
Since then, she has also been a university chaplain and worked as Tutor for Ministerial Formation at
Wycliffe Hall and Assistant Minister at St Andrew’s Church in North Oxford. She is the current Chair
of Awesome, a network of ordained women evangelicals. Her first book, The Gender Agenda, co-
written with Clare Hendry, was published in November 2010. She is passionate about seeing people
come to Jesus and grow in faith, and loves spending time with her husband and family.
The Revd Susie Thorp
Chaplain of St John’s College, Durham and Vicar of St Wilfred’s Sunderland
Revd Susie Thorp splits her time between serving as chaplain to St John’s College and being priest in
charge at St Wilfred’s Church, in Doxford, Sunderland.
Susie’s role as chaplain is to be available to both students and staff, to be a friendly face, a listening ear and genuine support. Her role is to support everyone: those with a faith, those without and
those who wish to explore a spiritual dimension to their lives. She is also passionate about linking
the two parts of her job and growing partnerships between Doxford parish and St John’s college.
Susie’s dog, Millie, in many ways also serves as assistant chaplain.
Blogger and Culture Projects Lead at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
Nell is the author of the forthcoming book Musings of a Clergy Child: Growing into a faith of my own
(BRF, June 2017), which is based around her popular blog musingsofaclergychild. As the daughter of two vicars, Nell has grown up in a clergy family, complete with an ‘open home’ policy and multiple moves around the country. She studied at Theology at Durham University from 2013-2016, and is now Culture Projects Lead at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.
The Generous Giving Project Officer, Diocese of Durham.
Rachael has been running the Project in April 2016 after a short stint at Cranmer Hall as an undergraduate the year before. Studying theology and managing a project on discipleship are a big departure from her previous career as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. She served 13 years in the British Army including 3 operational tours of Afghanistan (and she became a Christian during one of these), but gave it up to work out what God might be calling her to. Rachael is a keen rugby player (tight head prop) and weight lifter, loves gardening, blogging, and cooking. Rachael is married to Dickie and they have a five year old cat called Timmy.
The Revds Emily and Mark Hudghton
Curates, Diocese of Durham
Emily and Mark met at York university and during a subsequent year working for their churches married. They both sensed a calling to ordination during their teens but formally began the discernment process during their intern years. They journeyed through the discernment process together, and later trained at Cranmer Hall together – an experience they describe as a joy. Both Emily and Mark are now ordained. Emily is currently serving her curacy at Stockton Parish Church (SPC), Stockton-on-Tees and Mark at St John’s, Shildon. Emily has a fondness for tea and Mark is known for his dashing selection of clergy shirts.