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 has 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.
Director of Business and Finance
Julian leads the business and operational areas of Lindisfarne College of Theology. He is a Reader in Durham Diocese (East & West Rainton) and an Alumnus of Lindisfarne, having gained his BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission in 2016. He trained as an accountant and has run his own Direct Marketing Company for 25 years. He and his wife Vanessa have two boys, a horse and two cats. Julian plays the piano, the organ and the piano accordion. Family activities include hill walking, running, caravanning and Scottish Dancing.
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.
Dr Caleb Gordon
BA, MA, PhD (Manchester) - Postgraduate Director of Studies
Caleb’s academic background is in history, philosophy, and theology, and his current research investigates the potential application of aesthetic approaches to environmental ethics and theology. This research is motivated by an interest in the ways that environments can facilitate different experiences, and whether certain possibilities of experience ought to be prioritised on ethical or theological grounds. Caleb is also very interested in the ways that the Church develops, teaches, and discusses environmental theology. Originally from Alaska, he currently lives in Newcastle with his wife, Hannah.
The Revd Dr Julia Candy
BA, BA, PhD - Interim Pastoral Theology Tutor
Julia was ordained priest in 2011 in Durham. After her curacy she has served as both a parish priest and healthcare chaplain. Prior to ordination, Julia was a university lecturer in Psychology. Her PhD examined the role of political conflict and socio-economic status upon children’s development of national identity and sectarian attitudes. Currently her main areas of interest are psychology of religion (particularly exploring the prevalence of stigmatising attitudes towards mental health and disability within the Church), philosophy of religion, liberation theology, and interfaith dialogue. Julia is an avid reader, particularly Russian and French literature, loves attending the theatre and visiting art galleries. She regards herself to be the Pet Shop Boys’ biggest fan. She is married and has a young son.
B.Ed - Interim Pastoral Theology Tutor
Alison oversees the Durham Diocesan Pastoral Ministry and Authorised Lay Ministry of the Word courses, and is involved with setting up chaplaincy placements. She has taught across the ages, always responsible for RE and latterly for Personal, Health and Social Education and was Acting Head for a time. Alison also supervised a 6th form Community Service Programme and accompanied groups on field trips to the Cotswolds (hence her enthusiasm for residentials!).
After retirement from teaching, Alison trained with Lindisfarne to become a Licensed Lay Minister (formerly Reader) and went on to qualify with a BA in Theology, Mission and Ministry. A life-changing experience during this time was the pilgrimage to Israel with the Ordinands. She is fully committed to the LCT approach – local, contextualised learning, which, among other advantages, enables those who cannot commit to full-time training to fulfil their call to ministry. As a Personal Tutor, Alison finds it a great privilege to accompany students along their formational pathway. More widely, she loves to encourage people to share stories about their lives, their experiences and their encounters with God.
Married with two grown-up children and a young grandson, Alison likes to keep active (especially walking in the Lake District). A keen musician, she has been a member of a variety of choirs and chamber groups. She regularly visits her 98-year-old father, who lives nearby in a care home.
Jenny is LCT’s Academic Administrator. She is the first port of call for all student enquiries and information about the BATMM and MATMM programmes.
Tutors and Chaplains
The Revd Rebecca Amoroso
BA, BA, MA - Tutor, Spirituality and Discipleship
Rebecca is the Hill Colleges’ Chaplain at Durham University, based at Collingwood, Grey, Trevelyan and Van Mildert Colleges. Before this, she was Community Chaplain at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS, and Anglican Chaplain for HMP Durham and HMPYOI Deerbolt. Prior to ordination, Rebecca was an English teacher in Spain, Germany, and at home in the North East. She loves poetry and old manuscripts. Rebecca’s particular interests include Anglican Religious Communities and Interfaith Dialogue. She is an animal lover, and a beekeeper.
Dr Val Barron
BA, MSc, PhD - Tutor, Church and Community
Val’s career has been shaped by asking questions around wellbeing which has resulted in an upstream trajectory from nursing to health promotion to community development and finally to community organising.
Val has worked for the last eight years as a community practitioner in Durham Diocese. Living and working in marginalised communities led Val to explore how Christian communities in the North East can better respond to and challenge the high levels of poverty in the region.
As a William Temple Scholar, Val was given the opportunity to carry out research exploring the role of social enterprises in Christian social action.
Val is an active member of Tyne and Wear Citizens and leads the Living Wage action team, believing that this is one way that we can tackle poverty locally.
The Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett
BA, MA, PhD - Tutor, Denominational History and Principles; Mission and Ecclesiology
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; Theology, Ritual & Pastoral Care
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.
Dr Jeremy Bonner
BA, MA, PhD - Tutor, Introduction to Christian Doctrine & History; Advanced Topic in Church History
Jeremy is a church historian with interests in global Anglicanism and the Vatican II-era Roman Catholic Church and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of The Road to Renewal: Victor Joseph Reed and Oklahoma Catholicism, 1905-1971 (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2008) and Called Out of Darkness Into Marvelous Light: A History of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, 1750-2006 (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009) and co-editor of Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013) and Costly Communion: Ecumenical Initiative and Sacramental Strife in the Anglican Communion (Leiden: Brill, 2019). Born in Durham City and once again a resident after a twenty-year sojourn (1992-2012) in the United States, Jeremy shares responsibility with his wife for an extremely unscrupulous dachshund.
The Revd Andrew Bowsher
BA, PG Cert(s), MA - Tutor, Developing Mission and Ministry
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 Dr Richard Briggs
DipHE, MA, PhD - Tutor, Introduction to an Old Testament Book
Richard is the Prior of the Community of St Cuthbert, a dispersed community of Christian disciples based at St Nic’s church in Durham market square, and serving the wider diocese and county of Durham. Before this he taught the Old Testament for 18 years at Cranmer Hall in Durham, and has written several books on various Old Testament topics. He was ordained in the C of E in 2015. He is married to Melody, who works at LCT. When not working he devotes unreasonable time and energy to his love of classic Dr Who – with Jon Pertwee of course being the best doctor.
Mike is one of the chaplains for Lindisfarne CT, and a Reader for almost 40 years. He trained in Liverpool Diocese and served in two parishes there before moving to Durham 16 years ago where he is part of the ministry at St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross on the edge of the City of Durham. Professionally, Mike was a Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in road safety. In retirement, as well as serving in St John’s as Reader and churchwarden, and as chaplain to Lindisfarne, Mike offers spiritual direction through St Antony’s Priory, is a trustee of the Institution of Civil Engineers Benevolent Fund, and volunteers at Locomotion, the railway museum in Shildon. He is married to Nicky and has two growing up children, a cat and a dog (that seems to be important!) He enjoys reading, walking, anything to do with railways, and escaping into the garage to work on his models of the Somerset & Dorset Railway. In ministry there is nothing better than listening to people telling their stories – ‘I get to see a bigger Jesus!’
BA, GradDip, MTS, PhD Candidate (Durham) - Tutor, Introduction to Christian Ethics; Advanced Topic in Christian Ethics: Political Theologies
Caleb is from New Zealand and is currently a postgraduate researcher working towards a PhD in theology at Durham University. His research is an analysis of methods in evangelical theological ethics, with a specific focus on gender and sexuality. Caleb’s education includes a Master’s in theological ethics at the University of Notre Dame in the US, a BA(Hons) in sociology in New Zealand, and several years of community development as part of Stillwaters Community in New Zealand. Caleb is married to Hilary and they live in Newcastle.
The Revd Matthew Hunter
BA, MA, MA, MTh - Tutor, Introduction to an Old Testament Book, Introduction to the Bible
Matthew was ordained in 2012 following training at Ripon College Cuddesdon. After a curacy at Halifax Minster, he moved to be the Associate Priest at Hexham Abbey. He has stayed in the Diocese of Newcastle and is currently Priest-in-Charge of St John’s, Whorlton in the Newcastle West deanery.
Matthew’s undergraduate studies were primarily in biblical studies, and graduate work has focussed on narrative theology, and hermeneutics. Stories have always been and remain a touchstone, from childhood to the present (though there’s more TV than novels these days).
Originally from Darlington, Matthew met his wife working at Hexham Abbey and, having also married there, they now have a young daughter.
BA, MA, PhD Candidate (Durham) - Tutor, New Testament Greek; Biblical Hebrew
Brandon is finishing up his PhD in Theology & Religion at the University of Durham, UK. His dissertation is entitled Sanctioning Sacrilege
B.Sc MDiv, PhD Candidate (Durham) - Tutor, New Testament Studies
Chris teaches Greek at Cranmer Hall, and New Testament at Lindisfarne College. He is currently a PhD researcher at Durham University in the New Testament department. Chris earned his Master of Divinity from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and his Bachelor of Science in Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Chris has been ministering professionally for over ten years within local church contexts. Chris is a minister under care of the Presbyterian Church in America, where he will be ordained upon his return. Chris’s research interests include the Gospels, New Testament reception history, Johannine theology, biblical narrative, communication theory, and pastoral theology. You can reach Chris at christopher.m.jameson@durham.
MTheol, MLitt, PhD Candidate (Durham) - Tutor, Introduction to Worship; Research & Reflection; Words and Music in Worship
Andrew is a Senior Research Administrator in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University. His research focuses on the intersection between theology and the arts in the modern church with a particular emphasis on improvised music. His broader research includes the relationship between music and worship, jazz religious cultures, and contemporary music theology. Andrew is a member of the International Network for Music Theology.
Andrew has held various roles at Lindisfarne and is currently a Personal Tutor and an Associate Tutor and on the MA programme. Before joining LCT, he was an Associate Tutor in Theology and Religion and Music at Durham University and worked for St Giles Church in Durham Diocese. Andrew is married to Jennifer and they have two young children.
Dr Ce Pacitti
BA, PhD, BA - Chaplain
Ce is the North Shields chaplain. Licensed as a Reader to Gosforth Parish Church of St. Nicholas in 2015, she now works for the Diocese of Newcastle as Continuing Ministerial Formation Officer with responsibility for the training and support of licensed Clergy and Readers. Her background is in Higher Education, particularly adult education and lifelong learning, and she is passionate about the opportunities opened up when we are brave enough to say Yes to God. Ce also leads on Reader Recruitment and Selection for the Newcastle Diocese and enjoys conversations with enquirers exploring their vocations. Ce lives in Newcastle with her husband Michael and their two cats, Daisy and Weasel. She enjoys reading, particularly detective fiction, films and painting.
BA, PGCE, MLitt, MA - Tutor, Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission
Duncan has over 20 years experience of leading and supporting churches around North East England, providing coaching, help and support to clergy, lay leaders and community groups to develop outreach, mission, church planting and community transformation. Since 2018 he has been based with the Mission, Discipleship & Ministry team at Durham Diocese, providing training and encouragement to the churches of Durham, and working to develop Diocesan strategy. In his spare time Duncan is an enthusiastic (but slow) runner, and is to be found most Saturdays getting muddy on the sidelines of a junior football match.
BA, PGDip (Adult Education), MA - Learning Support Lead
Tracy is the Learning Support Lead for Lindisfarne. She has a creative arts background, working in education for many years as course tutor and programme leader in Theatre and Media Studies. Mostly working with adults returning to education and also with students with learning disabilities, Tracy has always been interested in inclusion and has worked on a number of projects to try and encourage wider participation amongst those for whom written language is particularly difficult. She has been an actor, director, teacher, writer and parish priest. Lately she has been discovering and exploring visual arts in printing and mixed media and discovering connections between art-making, writing and faith.
BA, PGCE - 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.