MA Faculty

MA Faculty

Andy Kingston-Smith
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 MA degree in Global Issues in Contemporary Mission. He joined the faculty of Redcliffe College in Gloucester in 2008 as Lecturer in Justice & Mission and developed a new MA programme on justice issues in contemporary mission with his wife, Carol, which started in 2012. He joined the staff of ForMission in 2015 as Programme Director to spearhead the newly validated MA programme. He is co-founder, with Carol, of the jusTice initiative and they both write a blog viewable at Justice, Advocacy & Mission. 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 a new Justice Bible being published in 2016. He and Carol have 4 children.

 

Andrew Simpkins
MA Tutor

Andrew has an MA in Philosophy and Politics from Oxford University and successfully completed the previous MA in Missional Leadership course in 2011 since when he has been a tutor on the programme. His professional career was spent in management consultancy where he worked for many blue-chip organisations and major government departments. He was Senior Pastor at Solihull Christian Fellowship for 15 years and is currently leading a church plant in a new residential development on the edge of Birmingham.

 

 

Ewen Robertson
MA Tutor

Ewen did his first degree, in history, at Reading University, and then worked full time with Campus Crusade for Christ (now called Agape in the UK) for two years amongst university students. Later he trained as a careers adviser and then worked for 10 years in a Careers Company in Essex, initially as a careers adviser but from 1994-98 as Staff Development Manager for the organisation. Since 1998 he has been involved with Global Horizons, a trust overseeing a group of churches in the UK and USA and involved in global mission, outworking his dual passions for education/training with overseas mission. From 2001 to 2004 he was on the leadership team of New Life Church Dunstable and also worked as a part-time adult careers adviser and careers adviser at Cranfield and Luton Universities. From 2004 to 2009 he was Principal and Director of Training for the Bible College of Wales in Swansea and from 2009 to 2013, Director of Development for Trinity School of Ministry. Over the past 12 years he has made several trips to India, predominantly to teach and train church leaders and Bible college students. He has also been involved in similar work in South Africa, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Mongolia. His ministry has been enhanced by part-time study at Regents Theological College from 2004-2006 to obtain a MTh in Applied Theology and through undertaking part-time doctoral studies in the fields of theology and missiology, with the University of Wales from 2009 to 2014. He was awarded his PhD in 2014. Ewen enjoys playing tennis, jogging, fell walking, cooking, gardening, fine art appreciation and listening to a wide variety of music. He also enjoys films and the theatre.

 

Sam Ewell
MA Tutor

Sam Ewell is a U.S. national and permanent resident of Brazil, where he lived from 2003-2010 with his wife (Rosalee) and three children (James, Isabella, and Katharine). Since 2010, the Ewells have resided in Birmingham, UK, where Sam has recently completed his doctoral research on Christian mission from the perspective of Ivan Illich. Sam’s teaching role in the MA flows out of his role as a community minister with the Newbigin House based in the Winson Green parish, where he combines community ministry with regenerative urban agriculture to cultivate discipleship, community resilience, and neighbourhood transformation.

 

Mary Publicover
JMP editor/ Librarian/ MA tutor

Mary is managing editor of Journal of Missional Practice, an international journal which responds to Newbigin’s challenging question: ‘Can the West be converted?’ She has been based in hospitals for most of her working life. Her work as medical librarian involved helping clinicians to find and understand clinical research. She was involved in some research herself in this context, exploring ways to bridge the gap between established clinical practice and innovation. She has served as an elder at Pavilion Christian Community for more than twenty years and has completed the MA in Missional Leadership. Mary is a companion of the Northumbria Community.

 

Carol Kingston-Smith
MA Tutor

Carol works as a freelance writer, speaker and mentor. Following a childhood in Brazil (Wycliffe Bible Translators), various short term mission trips in Europe (Operation Mobilisation), a brief career in public health nursing (inner city Manchester) and a term of mission service in Bolivia (Latin Link), Carol completed her Masters at Redcliffe College with a special focus on liberation theology. She joined the Redcliffe faculty (2008-2013) and taught various discipleship and contextual mission modules on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and innovated and established the Justice, advocacy and reconciliation masters stream there. Together with Andy she developed and delivered a course on the biblical theology of justice in India in partnership with International Justice Mission and co-edited the book Carnival Kingdom: Biblical justice for Global communities (2013). Carol has contributed articles to various journals and co-writes a blog justice, advocacy and mission . She is currently a trustee for Faith2Share, a collaborative global missions network and has 4 teenage and young adult children, enjoys walking, reading, films and nature.

 

John Baxter-Brown
MA Tutor

John Baxter-Brown, or JBB as he is usually known, works part-time as Senior Advisor in Evangelism for the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, and lectures and tutors in mission and evangelism at universities and colleges. He has previously worked as Consultant to the World Council of Churches (on evangelism), World Vision International (on Church Partnerships) and Compassion International (on children and youth in mission). Throughout his ministry he has worked in evangelism, youth and children’s work, theological education and training, and ecumenism, at local church through to global levels. He has edited and authored numerous books, chapters, journals and articles. JBB gained his bachelors from London Bible College (now London School of Theology), and earned his M.Th from Oxford University. He is married with two teenage daughters and two dogs and lives in Wiltshire.


Emma Pavey
MA Tutor

Emma 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.

 

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