Meet our staff members
The Revd Dr David Bryan
B.Sc B.Theol. D.Phil (Oxon) - Principal
David is the leader of the community of learning and formation. Before joining Lindisfarne he was Rector of St Andrew’s, Darlington. He previously taught New Testament Studies at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. His special interest is research about Jesus and his homeland and he published a Lent book entitled ‘Jesus: his home, his journey, his challenge’ (2013). He is passionate about the need for fresh and imaginative approaches to mission and ministry and desperately wants the churches in the region to flourish and grow. David has also written a book on the Old Testament and articles connected to Jesus Studies. Other passions include Liverpool FC, spending time in the Peak District with his family, and the music of U2.
Kirsten leads the business and operational areas of Lindisfarne College of Theology. She combines extensive experience in the international charitable sector with experience running large commercial infrastructure projects. Working with our trustees, colleagues and students she develops our strategic direction and organisational capability. Seeking Jesus’ way is an important part of Kirsten’s life and she enjoys applying her gifts to furthering God’s Kingdom through our work at the college. Out of work she enjoys exploring the extensive mountainous countryside of the North East with her family.
Dr Melody Briggs
BA, MA, MA, PhD (Sheffield) - Director of Studies
Melody is the Director of Studies and is also responsible for teaching Mission Studies and Theology. She has worked in the field of theological education for over twenty years and has taught in a variety of settings, including churches, mission teams, a range of theological colleges and courses, and Durham University’s Community and Youth Work course. She is the Visiting Fellow in Bible and Christian Ministry at St John’s College, Durham and author of the books, ‘How Children Read Biblical Narrative’ (2017) and the Grove Booklet, ‘Interpreting Bible Stories for Children and Young Teens’ (2016). Melody is married, has three mostly grown children, and one lively puppy.
The Revd Dr Jo Logan
BA, MA (Theological Research), PhD (Durham) - Formational and Placement Tutor
Jo teaches New Testament biblical studies and pastoral ministry as well as having some tutorial and placement responsibilities. She was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 2006. Following a curacy in North Yorkshire, she worked as a hospice chaplain before starting a PhD in New Testament biblical studies at Durham University. Her research looks at the contemporary reception of a contentious biblical text about marriage (Ephesians 5:21-33): her broader research interests include biblical interpretation by non-academics and feminist interpretation. She has previously taught Readers in training in Leeds and adult learners in St Albans. Jo is licensed to officiate in Durham diocese and is involved in leading and preaching at St Nic’s in Durham. She is married with a young daughter and enjoys reading (especially Private Eye), box sets (The Bridge) and watching Strictly.
Andrew is Lindisfarne’s Academic Administrator and often first point of contact. He joined Lindisfarne in October 2018, having previously worked at Durham University alongside completing his PhD in Theology, and at the University of St Andrews. Andrew also works as the Parish Administrator for St Giles, Durham, Shadforth and Sherburn in the Diocese of Durham. He is responsible for the administrative support of the BATMM programme, and ensures things happen.
The Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett
BA, MA, PhD - Tutor, Denominational History and Principles
Alan is Clergy Development Advisor for the Diocese of Durham. He is also a Visiting Fellow at St John’s College Durham and a non-residentiary canon of Durham Cathedral. Previously he was vicar of St Giles’ Durham with Sherburn and Shadforth for nine years and before that was Tutor in Anglican Studies, Church History and Spirituality at Cranmer Hall and Director of the postgraduate programmes. He served his curacies in Newcastle. He is the author of Humane Christianity (2004), A Passionate Balance (2007) and Looking through Jesus (forthcoming). He is also Chair of the Lindisfarne Board of Examiners and a Member of the Board of Trustees. Alan is married with two adult children and two not very adult dogs!
The Revd Dr Michael Beck
BD, DMin - Tutor, Introduction to Preaching
Michael has more than 30 years of experience as a parish priest in a wide variety of contexts including locum hospital chaplain, police chaplain, area dean and Durham’s Director of Reader Ministry. He was Reader Formational Tutor with Lindisfarne until retirement in July 2016. Michael’s major academic interest is in preaching (his DMIn is in this area), and also in bereavement studies and music. He is married with one adult son and enjoys reading (especially military history), musical theatre and gardening.
The Revd Andrew Bowsher
BA, PG Cert(s), MA - Tutor, Foundations for Ministry and Mission in Context; Multi Faith Awareness
Andii is currently Chaplain at Northumbria University. Previously he was parish priest in South and West Yorkshire in urban contexts and university chaplain in Bradford. He was also a lecturer in Practical Theology at St John’s Nottingham. When he’s not wrestling his grandsons or amusing his granddaughter, he likes to walk the beach at Cullercoats with his wife or have coffee with her in Jesmond. Currently he’s writing a daily office based on the Lord’s prayer and researching how Christian students transition to university in addition to the ‘day job’ of co-ordinating a team of differing faiths trying to engage a large secular university.
The Revd Canon Richard Bryant
DipMin, MA, MA - Tutor, Old Testament Studies;
Richard was the Principal of the Newcastle Local Ministry Scheme and of the Reader Training Course, a position he held until he became Director of Studies for Lindisfarne RTP in 2009. He retired in 2011 but has continued to tutor, supervise and mark for Lindisfarne, as well as following up interests in working with refugees and asylum seekers, in inter-faith activities and in learning Arabic. Richard did an MA thesis at Durham University investigating the Anger of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel. Richard has two children and five grandchildren. He loves playing with languages, cycling and football.
The Revd Dr Benjamin Carter
BA, MA, MPhil, PhD - Tutor, Denominational History and Principles
Benjamin is the Vicar of the Parishes by the Wall – which cover about 140 square miles of the most famous stretches of Hadrian’s Wall – in the Diocese of Newcastle. Before ordination he taught history and philosophy at the University of Bristol with research focusing on Seventeenth-century intellectual history. This research focused largely on the writings of the Cambridge Platonists, and resulted in a book and several articles on the ethical and political philosophy of Ralph Cudworth. More recently Benjamin’s work has reflected on his experience in ministry which has included an article in the Church Times following the flooding of Haydon Bridge in 2015, and a reflection on Church buildings in the life and mission of the Rural Church. Benjamin is married with two young daughters with whom he enjoys exploring Northumberland. He is also a Member of the Lindisfarne Board of Trustees.
The Revd Dr Andrew Dowsett
BA, PhD - Tutor, Old Testament Studies; Christian Theology, Ritual and Pastoral Care
Since 2013, Andrew has been Minster Priest of Sunderland Minster in Durham Diocese. Prior to that, he served in two contrasting posts in Liverpool Diocese. His academic background is in Biblical & Cultural Studies. Between completing his doctoral thesis on the Bible in Popular Music, and training for ordination in Nottingham, he was for six years on the staff of St Thomas’ in Sheffield. His interests are in biblical literacy in general, and the development of vocation–of the whole people of God–according to the five people-gifts listed in Ephesians 4. Andrew is married to Jo, and they have three children.
BA, MA - Tutor, Environmental Theology; Introduction to Christian Ethics
Jenny is a postgraduate student at Durham University, in the third year of her PhD. She grew up in Newcastle and is delighted to be back in the North East. Previously, she worked in Westminster – as a parliamentary researcher and in social policy. She ended up with a cluster of questions around how we think theologically about our identities as both Christians and citizens and how these can be held together which she’s now exploring through her doctoral studies. She continues to be enthusiastic about all things political and, through the College of St. Hild and St. Bede, is involved in the Tyne and Wear chapter of the community organising group Citizens UK.
The Revd Dr Pat Moran
BA, PGCE, MA, PhD - Tutor, Christian Theology, Ritual and Pastoral Care; Introduction to Worship
Pat is priest in charge of Bywell (Stocksfield) and Mickley in Newcastle Diocese. Pat’s initial degree was in languages, and for much of her professional life she taught Spanish as well as working as a professional translator and teaching translation studies. She has a real heart for adult education and her doctoral research was into adults’ experience of faith formation. She is also passionate about collaborative ministry. Pat trained for ordination with Lindisfarne, and is delighted to return in a teaching role and as a personal tutor. She is married to Julio and they have two adult children.
Tutor, Mission and Apologetics in Contemporary Culture
Jim has been a secondary school teacher of Religious Studies since 1978 and taught in every kind of school imaginable. Since ordination in 1994 he has been attached to St. Michael-le-Belfrey church in York doing a whole variety of roles. He was a Diocesan Adviser for the Decade of Evangelism. In 2006 he started G2 a Fresh Expressions ‘church’ in the local gym which he led for the first three years. It continues to flourish and now has two sites with c.200 attending. In his retirement from teaching he has been chaplain on cruise ships and at various churches in Europe, His wife, Shirley, is a retired research scientist and they have two children.
The Revd Dr Sue Wilson
BPharm, MATm, PhD - Tutor, Spirituality and Discipleship; Introduction to Worship
Sue has been an Associate Tutor for Lindisfarne for a number of years, teaching on various modules and lay discipleship courses. She also acts as Personal Tutor to Independent students on the BATMM programme. Sue retired from full-time parochial ministry in 2013, having served in Jesmond, Willington Quay and Heaton, but remains interested in making connections between church worship, spirituality and everyday life. She enjoys the challenge of leading quiet days and retreats. Other interests are her garden, ‘upcycling’ and knitting for charity.
The Revd Gavin Wort
BATh, PGDip, MA - Tutor, Multi Faith Awareness
Gavin is Coordinating Chaplain at Durham University and Anglican Chaplain to Collingwood, Grey, Trevelyan and Van Mildert Colleges. Previously, he was Vicar of the Parish of the Holy Cross, Fenham in the ethnically and socially diverse West End of Newcastle. Gavin has a passion for interfaith engagement. He’s Vice-Chair of the Newcastle Council of Faiths and involved with various grassroots interfaith initiatives in the North East. Gavin enjoys the opportunity to teach and share with Lindisfarne students exploring Christian engagement with other faiths.