Senior Management Team
Rev. Dr Martin Robinson
Martin was born in India of missionary parents and then brought up in Scotland where his father was a church planter. In his early 20’s Martin trained for the ministry and his first church was inner city Birmingham. After 13 years in local ministry, Martin went to work for the Bible Society in a variety of roles, including Director of Mission and Theology. Martin subsequently became Chief Executive of Together in Mission and more recently Principal of Springdale College. In 2015, Martin led the process of formally merging the two organisations to become ForMission. Martin has written many books on the broad theme of mission, including Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space, and is co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Missional Practice. Martin’s latest book, co-authored with Alan Roxburgh is due to be published in 2018.
Hirpo is originally from Ethiopia and his journey with ForMission College started in 2007 as a student. Hirpo has an MA in Missional Leadership from the University of Wales, Certificates in Business & Management and in Accounting. In the UK, Hirpo worked as accountant prior to joining ForMission. Hirpo is currently the overseer for the churches he has planted in the UK called Emmanuel Christian Fellowship UK Cities (one church in three cities, Leeds, Sheffield and London) and part of the National Leadership Team of the Fellowship of Churches of Christ. Hirpo is a regular speaker for the El Shaddai Amharic TV Network. He regularly undertakes mission trips to Ethiopia as well as other European countries including Germany with Ethiopian communities for leadership training. His first book – The Culturally Intelligent Leader – was published in June 2017.
Tim has a BSocSc in Public Policy from the University of Birmingham, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard University. His research interests are in the areas of faith-based entrepreneurship, missional leadership and the theology of evangelism. He has been involved in church leadership for over 20 years, during which time he has been involved in planting/re-planting five churches. Tim has worked in various roles in charity management, social enterprise consultancy, public policy and enabling local church mission within the United Reformed Church. At ForMission, Tim is responsible for leadership training and the development of new programmes. Tim is part of a multi-cultural church in West London, and serves on the Facilitation Team of the Global Church Planting Network and the Editorial Board of Journal of Missional Practice.
Postgraduate Programme Director
Andy grew up in Chile and started working life as a solicitor. He then spent 3 years as a missionary in Bolivia with his family until they returned to the UK where he embarked on a Masters degree in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission. In 2008, Andy joined the faculty of Redcliffe College lecturing and co-ordinating the programme on justice issues in contemporary mission. In 2015, he joined the staff of ForMission as Postgraduate Programme Director. Andy contributed to and co-edited the book Carnival Kingdom: Biblical justice for global communities, has co-written a newly-published training programme on biblical justice with International Justice Mission and contributed to the Justice Bible, which was published in 2016. He is co-founder, with Carol, of the jusTice initiative and they both write a blog viewable at Justice, Advocacy and Mission.
Rev. Dr Andrew Hardy
Undergraduate Programme Director
Andy is an ordained minister and completed his doctorate in 2009 on ‘A Theology of Spiritual Formation and Prophetic Ministry.’ He also has masters degrees in Counselling and Missiology and Evangelism and is currently undertaking a second doctorate researching the spiritual formation of students undertaking theology for ministry. Andy has written a number of books including ‘Pictures of God: Shaping Missional Church Life’ and co-authored ‘Power and the Powers: The Use and Abuse of Power in its Missional Context’ and ‘Forming Multicultural Partnerships: Church Planting in a Divided Society,’ which have both been written with other members of the ForMission Faculty. Alongside Andy’s role at ForMission, he continues to be involved in leading grassroots missional communities and is the Chair of Trustees of Sawiyan – a local charity that delivers education and community cohesion projects in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham.
Dr Emma Pavey
Student Learning Support Manager
Emma Pavey has a PhD in Linguistics and has taught at universities in the UK, the US and Canada, publishing a textbook with Cambridge University Press. She also spent many years in various roles with Wycliffe Bible Translators, focusing on training. She recently spent nine years living in Canada where, in addition to teaching and becoming a dual citizen, she studied Restorative Justice and gained a ThM in Theology from the Vancouver School of Theology, with a thesis on solitude, community and Trinitarian theology. She also volunteered with A Rocha Canada and was a member of a Mennonite Church Canada congregation where she served in pastoral roles and assisted with leading services, preaching and music. She loves creative pursuits of all kinds and is interested in the intersection of creativity, theopoetics, hospitality and discernment.