Senior Management Team

Senior Management Team


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Rev. Dr Martin Robinson

Principal

Martin was born in India of missionary parents and then brought up in Scotland where his father was a church planter. In his early 20s 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. In his role as Director of Mission and Theology and since then, Martin has written many books on the broad theme of mission, including Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space.

Stewart Keiller

Commercial Director

Stewart start his life wanting to be an actor and singer! He then had a successful career in the recruitment industry with his own companies. In 2003 he was asked to join the leadership team of Bath City Church where he stayed as the Senior Leader for the next 12 years. He joined the board of Together In Mission and then Springdale College. He has a BA (Hons) and graduated with the MA in Missional Leadership from Springdale. He joined the ForMission team in 2015 to spearhead the rebrand and now is responsible for the the commercial activities of the college.

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Dr Justin Thacker

Academic Dean

Justin’s first career was as a medical doctor, training in paediatrics. He worked in Kenya as a paediatrician before becoming a healthcare manager and embarking on theological studies. He was formerly the Head of International Operations for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Head of Theology for the Evangelical Alliance, Executive Director of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission and Lecturer and Academic Dean at Cliff College, Derbyshire. He combines his work as Academic Dean at ForMission with a part-time post as lecturer in public theology at Cliff College, Derbyshire. His most recent book is Global Poverty: a theological guide, published by SCM.

His main research interests are Theology and International Development, and Public Theology. He is married with three children.

Andy Kingston-Smith

Postgraduate Programme Director

Andy started 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. He then joined the faculty of Redcliffe College lecturing and co-ordinating the Justice stream of contemporary mission. He joined the staff of ForMission in 2015 as programme director to spearhead the new MA programme. He is also the founder of www.justice-initiative.com

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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. He joined the team here at Springdale College: Together in Mission in September 2010.

Hirpo Kumbi

Campus Director, North Campus (Leeds), Module Leader for RM200: Reverse Mission

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. He is passionate about mission, in particular church planting, and training leaders for mission. 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). This informs his role with the Fellowship of Churches of Christ in their National Leadership Team. Hirpo is a regular speaker for a TV channel known as 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.

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Tim Reith

Campus Director, Midlands and London Campus, Module Leader MS100

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. Alongside practical church planting ministry, Tim has worked in various roles in charity management, social enterprise consultancy, public policy and enabling local church mission within the United Reformed Church. He is married with five children.

 

 

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