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Honorary Tutors

Our honorary tutors live all over the Blackburn and Carlisle dioceses. Each tutor specialises in the teaching of certain modules. Students are allocated to tutors on the basis of where they live and what they will be studying that term.

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The Revd John Armstrong

John ArmstrongJohn has been Team Vicar of St Andrew, Over Hulton, in Manchester Diocese since 2007. He was ordained in 1997 and served a curacy in Leigh, before moving on to be Priest-in-Charge of two parishes in Ramsbottom. Prior to Ordination, he worked in the NHS as a Clinical Scientist (he has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from those days). John trained for the Ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and has since completed an MA in the Theology of Mission.

His passion in ministry is to communicate the gospel and to see people come to faith and live as Christian disciples. John is originally from Workington, Cumbria. He is married to Helen and has three children, David, Mark and Naomi. He enjoys building Airfix Models and supporting Liverpool Football Club.

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Sue Champness

Sue ChampnessSue is a Reader at St John’s, Leyland, and Deputy Warden of Readers in Blackburn diocese. She serves LCTP as a Tutor for LCTP4114 (Short Introduction to Church History) and LCTP4115 (Preaching). She also is a Personal Tutor for the Called to Serve course in Blackburn diocese.

Her other roles outside LCTP include: fulltime wife and mother, vocations adviser, leading toddler group, youth groups and Mum’s Bible study group at St John’s, treasurer for Nefyn camps (Urban Saints).

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The Revd Dr John Darch

John Darch

John is Director of Ordinands and IME 4-7 for Blackburn diocese, a post he has held since 2006. He was ordained in Lichfield diocese in 1982 and served in parishes in Shrewsbury, Chester and Hyde where he was also Rural Dean and a training incumbent.

Before coming to his present post he was on the staff of St John’s College Nottingham, teaching Church History and Liturgy, both of which he has subsequently taught at LCTP. His principal research interests are in modern church history, especially the missionary movement in the nineteenth century.

John has published two books, Saints on Earth (Church House Publishing, 2004) and Missionary Imperialists? (Paternoster, 2009), and a number of articles and book reviews. Married to Madge, he has three adult sons. He assists in the united benefice of Balderstone, Mellor and Samlesbury. In his spare time he can be found walking in the hills of Lancashire and Cumbria.

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The Revd Robert D. J. Dew

Bob DewBob was formerly Continuing Ministerial Education Officer for the Diocese of Carlisle, now Licensed to Officiate and also involved in Ministerial Review. Previously he had served chaplaincies in industry and a number of other institutional settings.

He has a particular interest in theology and ethics and for several years has taught the Christian Living Today module for LCTP.

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Geoffrey Hine

Geoffrey HineGeoffrey is Tutor in Pastoral Care and Practice. He was licensed as a Reader in 1995 and soon became involved in funeral ministry and other pastoral work. He now serves as Hon. Reader CME Officer for Carlisle. His day job is Finance Resources Officer for the diocese with a passion for preaching and teaching on giving, and money as a verb and direct parish support.

Geoffrey is married to Carol and between them they have four children, two grandchildren, two dogs and a large garden to keep them busy. Geoffrey has a passion for cooking and bird watching.

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The Revd Phil Hudd

Phil read Theology at Westminster College, Oxford, in between his responsibilities as College Organ Scholar and playing squash. Having felt a desire to be a priest for many years, he trained for ordination at Westcott House in Cambridge.

As a priest he has only worked in two parishes: six years in Kirkby, north Liverpool, an area of extreme social poverty, and since 1999 in Lancaster, working also as Area Dean between 2004-2010. Phil completed his MA Theology in 2006 and maintains a keen theological mind. He is rigorously liberal and inclusive. He has a particular interest in the way that the church must evolve and develop in order to meet the demands of twenty-first century Britain.

Phil is married to Lindsay, a secondary RE teacher, and has a daughter, Leah, born in 2003, and a son, Arthur, born in 2012. He chooses to spend most of his spare time with his family. He enjoys physical activity and exercise, apart from swimming, and has many interests and activities away from his sphere of work.

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The Revd Canon Geoffrey Ravalde

Geoffrey RavaldeGeoffrey is the Vicar of Wigton and Priest-in-Charge of Thursby. He has been tutor on the LCTP and its predecessors for more than 20 years and over the years has taught New Testament, Doctrine, Ethics and Church History.

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The Revd Norman Robinson

Norman RobinsonNorman Robinson is Priest in Charge of six rural parishes in the Diocese of Carlisle and is a regular honorary tutor for LCTP, tutoring Hermeneutics and Preaching.

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The Revd Canon Dr Peter Shepherd

Peter ShepherdPeter was ordained in 1980 as an SSM. He concluded his teaching career as Head of Canon Slade School (a large CE 11-18 comprehensive) and retired in 2006. His Doctorate explored the ecclesiological implications of the CE’s involvement in the provision of state education.

Since retirement he has tutored Doctrine and Liturgy for LCTP, and is also an IME 4-7 tutor. He has been honorary assistant priest at St Mary Magdalene, Clitheroe, since 1982 and is SSM Officer for the Diocese of Blackburn.

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Sarah Snyder

Sarah SnyderSarah is a theologian specialising in biblical hermeneutics and Christian-Muslim encounter. She works for the Cambridge Interfaith Programme at Cambridge University and sits on the Lambeth advisory group for Islam. She chairs a Bible think tank called the Jubilee Centre (responsible for Cambridge Papers), which researches and applies biblical principles to contemporary issues; and is currently directing a new initiative for Rose Castle, long the home of the Carlisle bishops, to establish an international Christian Centre for Reconciliation. She lives in Bassenthwaite with her husband and four teenagers.

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The Revd Canon Dr Tim Herbert

Tim HerbertTim is married to Pam and they have two grown-up children. After school he read theology at Manchester University, worked for the Walls Meat company as a labourer and trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His curacy was in Maccesfield, after which he was Vicar of Christ Church, Wharton, for eight years. He was then D.D.O. for Canterbury Diocese and Priest-in-charge of Thanington Without. He has been Principal of the LCTP for almost sixteen years, before taking up his current post as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Aspatria, Hayton and Gilcrux.

Tim’s research interest is in doctrine and hermeneutics (especially the theology of identity and disability), and he has published a number of articles and Kenosis and Priesthood: Towards a Protestant Re-Evaluation of the Ordained Ministry (Paternoster, 2008). His hobbies include detective stories, most forms of sport (including playing golf erratically) and cooking.

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The Revd Dr Carol Wilkinson

Carol WilkinsonCarol works full-time for a firm of chartered accountants in Blackpool, as the practice manager and an accountant. Also a Self Supporting Minister in the Blackburn diocese with a General License, ordained in 2006, she holds the degrees of Bachelor of Divinity (External London University) and Doctor of Philosophy (External Manchester University), specialising in pastoral Liturgy. She is treasurer of the Society for Liturgical Study, member of Societas Liturgica, and has taken part in the International Anglican Consultation on the Liturgy.

She is an honorary tutor and member of the LCTP Board of Studies since 2008, teaching liturgy, preaching, and mission and worship. Her specialist areas of interest are: Eucharist, preaching, Daily Office, Lectionaries. She has published ‘The Hallowing of Time’, Vols I, II & III, a one reading/one psalm a day lectionary for the Anglican Communion website. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (detective novels), ecclesiastical needlework and liturgy.