More information about the speakers and event leaders taking part in our events programme.
Revd. Dr. Alison Morgan
Alison Morgan is ReSource’s thinker and writer and, from July 2015, Interim Director. She is also the Director of the Rooted in Jesus discipleship programme. A linguist by background, Alison has a PhD in medieval Christian literature from Cambridge. After teaching in various universities, she was ordained in 1996. Author of six books and many course materials, booklets and articles, Alison is best known for The Wild Gospel (Monarch 2004), The Word on the Wind – renewing confidence in the gospel (Monarch 2011), and Following Jesus: the Plural of Disciple is Church (ReSource 2015). Alison is co-author (with Bill Goodman) of ReSource’s Lent course Season of Renewal, (with John Woolmer) of the healing course ‘In His Name’ and with Martin Cavender of our poetry collection Distilling Life. Alison is a member of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists. Alison and Roger live in Wells; they have three grown up children. Further information about Alison can be found on her website.
Revd. Canon Dr. Tim Herbert
Tim was born and grew up in Birkenhead and St. Albans before going to University and training for the ministry. After a curacy in Macclesfield and being a vicar in Cheshire he became Diocesan Director of Ordinands in Canterbury Diocese before moving to Cumbria as Principal of the Ministerial Training Scheme (initially CBTI which became the LCTP). After 16 years he has returned to parish ministry in Aspatria, Hayton and Gilcrux. He is married with two grown up boys.
Ven. Michael Everitt
Michael grew up in the midlands and after training in London, Birmingham and Rome moved to Lancashire. He was married in Carlisle Cathedral. Apart from a secondment for 3 years in the diocese of Blackburn’s link diocese in South Africa, working on community development post apartheid, he has always served in the diocese of Blackburn. Michael was senior chaplain at St Martin’s College, and helped develop the chapels and chaplaincy in Cumbria, an assistant DDO and Rector of a large former pit village on the outskirts of Wigan. Michael has been Archdeacon of Lancaster for 5 years and live in Preston. His hobbies are playing the piano and painting.
Revd. Canon Cameron Butland
Cameron has a lifelong interest in spirituality and relating this to everyday living. He is the author of ‘Work in Worship’, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1994, and the series of annual prayer books, ‘Our Daily Bread’ from 1990 to 2005. As a tutor and leader of contemplative prayer in the traditions of St Anthony of Egypt through to John Main, he has led many groups in exploring spirituality. As a speaker and teacher, Cameron has had a considerable role in education. He is invited to speak regularly on topics relating to spirituality, church history and regularly runs courses on Celtic Spirituality. Cameron was until recently parish priest of Grasmere and Rydal in Cumbria, as well as Chaplain to Rydal Hall. He is now Chaplain and Chief of Staff to the Bishop of Carlisle and Diocesan Spirituality Advisor to the Diocese of Carlisle.
Revd. Canon Michael Manley
Michael is Canon Missioner at Carlisle Cathedral, Rural Dean of Carlisle and Spiritual Director for Cumbria Cursillo. He has mainly served in Urban Parishes apart from a Sabbatical in an isolated multi-benefice in South Australia. He is married with three older boys and a dog. His passion is to help connect our spiritual insight to everyday life, in order to play our part in transforming the people and communities around us.
Robert is an expressive artist, whose paintings have won prestigious national and international awards, helping make him a sought after tutor. His work is exhibited widely through local and National open art exhibitions and galleries including ‘The Pastel Society’, at the Mall Galleries, London, and the Royal Academy, as well in numerous private and public collections internationally. Robert is a professional member of the Society of Artists (SAA) and has articles regularly published in The Artist, International Artist and Paint magazines to name a few.
Fr. Hugh Pollock
Fr. Hugh is parish priest at Kendal Catholic Church, and previously Chaplain at Lancaster Cathedral. He became a priest at the age of forty one , previously he was a solicitor and then a social worker working for St. Martins in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.
Revd. Ray Simpson
Ray Simpson is the Founding Guardian of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda and its principal tutor and liturgist. He has written over thirty books. He writes a daily prayer tweet @praycelticdaily and a weekly blog on www.raysimpson.org . He has lived on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne since 1996.
The Very Revd. John Witcombe
John is Dean of Coventry Cathedral, looking after its famous Cathedral and overseeing its ministry, including the local and international work in reconcilliation. After reading Law at Cambridg, John trained for ministry in ….He has led a number of churches in a wide variety of contexts, served on the staff of St. John’s College, Nottingham teaching spirituality and pastoral care., and worked in vocations and ministerial development. He is married to Ricarda, a hospital chaplain, and they have five children, a cat and several fish. He loves walking, and the Lakes, and to be able to combine prayer, reconcilliation, and a few days in the hills sounds like heaven!
Revd. Canon Alan Bing
Alan is married to Wendy, and have three adult daughters. For the past sixteen years, Alan has been Rector of Ulverston. He enjoys walking with his dog in the hills nearby. He has have a keen interest in Fresh Expressions of Church, and how faith relates to everyday life. He also enjoys a variety of sports, such as fly-fishing, tennis and squash.
Linda Birch & Canon Trevor Pitt
Linda is a professional artist, illustrator, writer and teacher, well known for her many illustrations, books and articles on painting technique. Linda has exhibited widely and now teaches regular adult courses both locally and nationally. Trevor worked in parish ministry and theological education in Yorkshire, Kent and most recently in Durham where he was Principal of the North East Ecumenical Course until he retired in 2010. Linda and Trevor were married in 1981 and live in the Durham Dales.
Abbot Stuart Burns
Stuart was born and brought up in Workington and first discerned his vocation to ordination at Rydal Hall. After training for the ministry at Leeds University and the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, he was ordained in 1969 and served a curacy on a rough estate on the western side of Leeds. During this time he became chaplain to the large “Number One” motorcycle club and worked with the Cyrenians and their hostel for homeless women. Then followed four years on the chaplaincy team at Leeds University, seven years as priest in the Yorkshire Dales and five back in Leeds as vicar of Gipton, one of the city’s ‘urban priority areas’. At the age of 43 he entered the community of Benedictine nuns and monks in Burford, Oxfordshire and in 1996 was elected abbot. In 2008 the community sold its monastery in Burford and bought a derelict farm near Worcester and converted it into a ‘sustainable’ monastery. He is involved in helping some of the emerging communities develop and become acknowledged as Religious Orders.
Revd. Sarah Lunn
I come from the north east of England, and have roots in the Border Riever families. I live in a small village near Appleby and look after 12 rural parishes. In my spare time I rare breed ducks, geese and hens, and Somali cats. I have a holiday after Easter every year to help with lambing .
Joan is currently a spiritual director, with experience of leading quiet days, reteareats and church ‘away days’. Also experience of supporting clergy and others under stess. Worked for many years as a Probation Officer and then a Church and Community Development Officer. She is a member of a small rural Methodist Church, but with an ecumenical background – a context she particularly enjoys.
Revd. Christopher Perrins
Christopher was brought up in Southport, an lived for many years in and around Liverpool. After a career in accountancy he has enjoyed a vocation to the priesthood, exercising this ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool. Having always been interested in art, he first painted an icon not long after ordination, and has since been on various courses, gaining a Diploma in Icon and Wall Painting from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in 2013.
Revd. Shianti Thompson
Shianti is married to John and have 2 grown up children at university she served as vicar of three parishes in South Cumbria, her first post as a vicar, since 2013. She was born and brought up on Merseyside and worked as a Biomedical Scientist till God called her to a new kind of ministry and sent her to train in Durham for 2 years in 2007. She is still amazed that God has called her to the priesthood and by the beauty of the place he called her to serve.
Revd. Susan Holmes
Sue has lived in the north of the Diocese, near Carlisle for over 40 years. Formerly Diocesan Registrr, after retirement she was ordained and worked in the parish of Scotby with Cotehill and Cumwhinton for eight years. In 2014 she was invited to join the Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group and in 2015 has assisted in leading the Nourishing the Soul Course.
Revd. Michael and Rita Williams
Martin and Rita Williams will be joining us to lead our meditations. Rita grew up just down the road in Ambleside and she has a background in teaching. Martin offered for ordained ministry shortly after they married, and the past thirty years have taken them to Cambridge, Buckinghamshire, the Derbyshire Dales and now Cumbria. Leading pilgrim groups to Israel, Greece, Oberammergau and elsewhere has been a joy to them, and they’re looking forward to spending Christmas with the guests and community at Rydal Hall.