The Revd Dr Philip Plyming
Warden, Cranmer Hall
Philip has been Warden of Cranmer Hall since May 2017, 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 Emma Parker
Deputy Warden, Cranmer Hall
Emma first sensed God calling her when she was 16 and in the years that followed alternated between running enthusiastically towards that call and running fearfully away from it! However, she eventually gave in and found herself being ordained in Durham Cathedral in 2009. It was during her curacy in three rural churches that Emma became passionate about serving in very deprived communities and exploring how this impacts upon mission, prayer and vocations. In 2012 she moved to Easington and Easington Colliery and became the Priest-in-Charge. Here she focused on children’s ministry, growing faith, vocations and confidence in the congregations, and helping the church to discern God’s vision for the community. In this time Emma was also a trustee for the Durham-Lesotho LINK, and the Diocesan Young Vocations Champion. She also began a PhD (and hopes to finish this soon!), looking at Paul’s concern over the opinion of ‘outsiders’ and what difference this makes for the church in its behaviour and decision-making.
Emma is now the Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall, and is particularly passionate about enabling people of all ages to grow in holiness, to deepen their roots in Christ’s love, and to continue to discern and develop the gifts that God has given to them. In her spare time, Emma loves walking with her two dogs, playing with her toddler, watching ‘Bob’s Burgers’ with her husband, and she dreams about being a proper gardener one day.
The Revd Dr (Flt Lt) Kate Bruce
RAF Chaplain, Visiting Fellow, St John’s College.
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, Durham University. 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 in 2014.
Kate teaches, researches and writes about preaching, leading courses and day conferences in preaching.
She has been a full time RAF chaplain since May 2018 and enjoys meeting new people and experiencing service life.
In her spare time she enjoys running with her dog and writing. She is currently working on new material for her stand- up comedy act.
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.
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.
Mission Support Partner – Durham Diocese
Rachael grew up in nearby Darlington and joined the Army (as a part-time Reservist at first) aged 17. She went on to serve for 13 years and deploy on three frontline tours of Afghanistan in a full-time capacity as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. She has served in many corners of the world as a cultural specialist/advisor and linguist, and it was whilst on one of these adventures that she came to faith in 2012, in a shipping container, in a war zone.
Since then she has left the Armed Forces to discern a call to ordained ministry. This journey brought her here to study at Cranmer for a while as an under graduate, then she got a job serving the churches of Durham diocese, firstly regarding “how we talk about giving generously” and then, perhaps the trickier role of “how we talk about Jesus”. She loves her new role in evangelism but has recently put that on hold to give motherhood a go.
Her next big adventure will be juggling this new vocation with beginning her training in Ordained Ministry, having recently been given the green light at a Bishop’s Advisory Panel. This has all occurred over the last 6 years so it’s been rather a blur. She’s convinced God must have a very good sense of humour and sense of adventure.
The Revd Anna Brooker
Tutor and East Durham Mission Link, Cranmer Hall
Alongside her role as a part-time tutor at Cranmer, Anna is Priest in Charge of three villages in East Durham, within the East Durham Mission Project, where a number of Cranmer ordinands undertake placements.
Prior to moving north in 2015, she led a church in West London. She continues to reflect, often with students, on the contrasts offered by these very different contexts for mission and ministry.
In her leisure time she enjoys walking, swimming, gardening and theatre.
The Revd Sarah Strand
Tutor, Cranmer Hall
Sarah grew up in Tadcaster, near York. Having attended church as a child, she had a fairly dramatic, healing encounter with Jesus aged 15 and life has never been the same! Sarah studied English Literature at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus in beautiful Falmouth. It was during her time at university that she began to feel God calling her towards ordination. Having graduated, Sarah moved to Durham to train for ordination at Cranmer Hall. At the end of her first year, she married Matt (three weeks after he was ordained deacon at York Minster!). Sarah then made a daily commute to Cranmer from Middlesbrough for her final two years of training whilst Matt was curate at St Barnabas, Linthorpe. Sarah was ordained deacon in 2014 and served her curacy in the small market town of Stokesley, North Yorkshire. Sarah gave birth to her son, Zachary in 2016 during which time the family moved to Redcar for Matt’s first post as Vicar of Kirkleatham. On her return to work, Sarah completed her curacy in the Parish of Coatham and Dormanstown, Redcar. In October 2017, Sarah began her role as part-time Tutor at Cranmer Hall – something she is deeply passionate about. She loves accompanying others on their walk with Jesus, sharing laughter and starting new sewing projects.