Sarum Formation in Ministry Team Changes

As the new year gets underway, we are delighted to welcome new candidates for ordained and lay ministry and to announce some staff changes in the Sarum Formation for Ministry team.

Canon Kim Stephens has started work as our Chaplain and looks forward to connecting with the students and our formation work in the coming months.

Dr Beth Dodd is moving from a full time to a three-day per week post. Beth’s core role will be as Programme Leader for Postgraduate Programmes in Theology, Ministry and Mission. She will continue to teach and act as personal tutor to students.

Commenting on this move Beth said, ‘I am looking forward to focussing my energies on developing the postgraduate work of the Centre for Formation in Ministry. This includes managing postgraduate diploma and MA pathways in Theology Ministry and Mission for ordination training, curacy and independent students, and teaching on modules in Christian doctrine, research methods and dissertations.’

Dr Jill Hopkinson will take on the half-time role as Director of Studies for Sarum’s Formation in Ministry programmes.

Commenting on this new role Jill said, ‘It is an exciting prospect to take on the role of Director of Studies. ‘It will be good to work with colleagues in new ways on teaching and supporting our students, and taking forward curriculum development. This role is complimentary to my existing work as Tutor in Rural Ministry and I am looking forward to combining the two roles.’

Sarum College Principal James Woodward says, ‘The Ministry team look forward to working with students this year amidst the challenges and opportunities that the pandemic offer us. We are ambitious in our desire to nurture, build and deepen the quality of formation for lay and ordained ministry in equipping a new generation for mission and ministry.’

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