Colin Bennett

Vice-Principal (Development) and Director of Training for the Community and Family Studies Course

Colin became a Christian whilst training as a Youth and Community Worker at Westhill College in Birmingham. Following his training, he worked in Birmingham and Sheffield on a variety of high-profile innercity youth and community work projects.He is a regular writer and speaks on family, youth and community issues.When he is not busy with College life, he enjoys various sports and, along with his whole family, is a keen football supporter.

Articles in Magazines, Books or Professional Journals

Book Reviews International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM) and Journal of Youth and Theology – Dec 07

Research Papers / Activity

Facilitator for Fuller University, USA Research Project at Moorlands Exemplars of Spiritual Thriving in Adolescence- An Exploratory Study – Feb 08


Yvonne Bennett

Learning Support Co-ordinator

Yvonne is part of the Learning Support Team here at Moorlands. She became a Christian whilst at college in her home town of Birmingham where she studied Religious and Theological Studies and gained a teaching degree. Her teaching experience has been mainly in supporting adults and children in the area of literacy and her qualifications include the assessment of dyslexia and the teaching of those with dyslexia. Yvonne also has particular interest in the development of Study Skills.

Yvonne is married to Colin who is also on the staff team at Moorlands and they have three adult children. In her leisure time she enjoys countryside and beach walking, reading, and Zumba classes.


Steve Brady

College Principal

Steve was born and educated in Liverpool where he was converted in his teens. He trained at what is now the London School of Theology where he met Brenda, his wife of over thirty years!  They have two married children, Paul and Ruth, and three grandchildren, Daniel, Annabelle and Joshua.

Steve has held pastorates in Buckinghamshire, Leicester, London and Bournemouth.  He serves as Principal of Moorlands College, which trains men and women for Christian service in the UK and overseas.   He has spoken at conferences and conventions throughout the UK and internationally, serves as a Trustee of the Keswick Convention and is Chair of the Association of Bible College Principals.

He holds a PhD degree in theology and is the author, contributor and editor of over a dozen books, including, King of Heaven, Lord of Earth, All You Need is Christ and The Incredible Journey – Christmas from Genesis to Jesus. A keen sportsman, he hates gardening and has an unrepentant attachment to Everton Football Club!

Articles in Magazines, Books or Professional Journals

Bible Reading Notes for: Daily Bread – 2007 Living Light – 2007/08 Premier Radio – 2008

Published Books

All You Need is Christ, A Study of Galatians Authentic; Stg edition – July 2007
King of Heaven Lord of Earth Colossians Authentic; 2008, ‘The Apostles’ Creed’, a ten part study by Steve and suitable for small groups, has just been released (for details, go to www.nationwidechristiantrust.com )
The Incredible Journey – Christmas from Genesis to Jesus, November 2011


Ian Coffey

Vice-Principal (Strategy), MA Course Leader and Director of Leadership Training

Ian is a Baptist minister who has led churches in suburban, city-centre and international contexts. He has also served as Director with the Saltmine Trust and the Evangelical Alliance. He was a member of the leadership team of Spring Harvest for nine years and served as chair of the Board of Spring Harvest Holidays.

Ian has a strong interest in writing and has published fifteen books and acts as a consultant to Inter-Varsity Press. His Master of Theology degree was awarded for his thesis on how churches grow.

Ian is married to Ruth and they have four adult sons. The Coffeys regularly speak at conferences and church events in the UK and abroad.

Articles in Magazines, Books or Professional Journals

Ian has written for a variety of publications and for ten years was a columnist for the Western Morning News. In 2010 he was commissioned to write the teaching material for Bible Sunday. His most recent paper; ” Preaching Jesus from the Epistles” has been published by Methodist Evangelicals Together.

Published Books

Ian has a number of books currently in print the latest being:

Postcards From The Edge: Finding God in Hard Places (IVP).
Working it Out: God, You and the Work You Do was published in the Faith at Work series (IVP).
Shock and Awe: Tasting God’s Outrageous Grace – BRF, September 2009.



Ruth Coffey

Foundation Course Leader

Ruth is a qualified nurse and has spent a significant period working in the National Health Service at a senior level.

She has been married to Ian for almost forty years and they have four adult sons and two granddaughters.

Throughout their marriage Ruth has actively supported Ian and has been involved in various roles in the different churches where they have served. During their period of leading an International Church in Geneva, Ruth acted as Pastoral Co-ordinator for a congregation with up to 60 nationalities. During this time she developed a pastoral team and established a care plan.

On their return to the UK in 2008, Ruth commenced her MA studies in Applied Theology. Her research topic for the final dissertation was on the pastoral implications of assisted dying. This arose directly from her leadership experience in continental Europe.

Ruth leads the Foundation Course at Moorlands, teaches on Pastoral Care and has an active role as a personal tutor.

She and Ian have an active joint ministry in many parts of the world. To relax Ruth enjoys gardening, entertaining, walking and going to the gym. But best of all she enjoys being a grandma!


Andy du Feu

Director of Youth and Community Work

Andy grew up in Rugby (the home of the sport), until at 17 he spent three years working with urban young people in Camden, NJ, USA. He is a qualified youth worker, and has worked in Local Authority, Voluntary, and Church settings. Andy became a pastor at 24 years old, leading a church in Oxfordshire. This presented fresh challenges, and he and his wife, Vanessa, invested heavily in growing a rural church and building a thriving youth ministry. During this time Andy completed his MA in Applied Theology (Christian Leadership) at Moorlands.

Andy is compelled by the vision of 2 Timothy 2:2 – passing on the baton of life-changing investment found in Christ to others in such a way that they will pass it on themselves. Outside of College, Andy has contributed to various publications, and speaks at youth events and churches with his own high-octane and dynamic flavour.


Helen Hender

Placements Manager and Lecturer

Helen grew up in Poole and became a Christian in her early twenties whilst working on board Cruise Liners in the Caribbean. Helen was baptised at Lansdowne Baptist Church (by Steve Brady) and spent a year working for Youth with a Mission. She went on to qualify in Youth and Community Work and complete an MA at Moorlands.

Helen has worked in the Voluntary and Statutory Youth Sector in Bournemouth for the past 25 years. Her roles have included Youth and Community Worker for Springbourne Christian Centre, Personal Adviser and Team Manager for the Bournemouth Connexions Service and Interim Manager for Bournemouth Council’s Integrated Youth Services. Helen currently works part time for Moorlands, heading up the Placements Team and lecturing on the Youth and Community Courses, and shares her working week with Bournemouth Council for Voluntary Services where she is a Youth Development Worker for the Voluntary and Community sector.


Chris Jack

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Chris has been lecturing since 1997 at London School of Theology, where he more recently served as Acting Principal. He was previously the Principal of Romsey House Theological Training College, in Cambridge, having spent time prior to that in pastoral ministry and as a missionary in France. As Chair of the International Trustees of the European Christian Mission, Chris maintains a keen interest and active involvement in mission in Europe. His love of France is almost matched by his love of football and opera (not usually both together!). Chris is married to Babs and they have two grown up children.


Ian Kirby

Vice-Principal (Academic), Director of Cross Cultural Training, Assistant Director of Studies and MA Course Leader

Ian was converted as an 11-year-old at a Christian rock concert. After school he did a gap year with Operation Mobilization in Ireland, and during that time he felt a call to serve God in the Muslim world. To qualify him to gain entry into countries not sympathetic to Christian faith but needing his skills, he studied computer science, eventually gaining a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. After his initial theological training, he spent ten years in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. He was involved in many things apart from teaching computing, including leading a rapidly growing church congregation, working as a teacher and Dean of Students at the United Theological Seminary, and lecturing on Islam and Christianity (to Muslims) in a secular university. He also completed a research masters degree in theology, looking at the impact of cultural values on how we do church.

Ian is married to Fay and they have three children. He spends his evenings encouraging the completion of homework or playing music (he is rumoured to be teaching himself to play the piano badly). He and his wife enjoy running in the New Forest.

His academic interests include Islam, contextualization and mentoring.


Book review – Journal of Youth and Theology – March 2008


Sandra Lewis

Learning Support

Sandra was educated at Burlington Grammar School before attending Maria Grey Training College where she studied Biology and Education. She obtained a Teaching Certificate (Infant & Juniors) and taught in a variety of schools, both full and part-time.

She taught all ages, from 3-11 years and particularly enjoyed working with children with Special Needs. When at home with her family she helped in local schools with Reading Support and general classroom tasks. She obtained her Threshold Standards Award before leaving teaching.

She then studied for 3 years at Moorlands College, taking many of the degree modules and gained the Moorlands Certificate. Her huband, Edward, also studied at this time and is now employed here.

They have a grown up son living in London. Her hobbies include gardening, walking, swimming, reading, visiting historical houses and travel.


Alistair McKitterick

Lecturer in Biblical and Theological Studies

Alistair teaches in the areas of biblical interpretation (hermeneutics), the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the book of Revelation, systematic theology, introductory Hebrew, Old Testament theology, Christian spirituality, and issues in Applied Theology. He is also responsible for the first-year double module of Effective Christian Communication and Service.

Alistair grew up in Scotland and Canada and was involved with Scripture Union from an early age. After studying Physics at Manchester University, he went with Elim Missions to teach Maths and Science in Emmanuel School in Katerere, Zimbabwe. He worked in industry as an energy consultant before going on to study Theology at London Bible College. He lectured in doctrine, biblical studies and ethics at CFN UK Bible Training Centre before joining Moorlands College. He is married and lives in Chichester with his young family and enjoys squash, hill walking and occasionally playing bass guitar.

Articles in Magazines, Books or Professional Journals

‘The Language of Genesis’, in Norman Nevin (ed.) Must Christianity Embrace Evolution?, Nottingham: IVP, 2009


Third Way, Journal of Youth and Theology, Journal of Adult Theological Education


Catherine McLellan

Learning Support Tutor

Catherine grew up in Glasgow and became a Christian in her late teens. She has a Diploma in Education and has taught in a number of primary schools around the UK. During the 1990s, Catherine, with her husband and two daughters, spent six years with United Missions in Nepal. Catherine helped teach English to Nepalis and also taught at The British School in Kathmandu. On her return to the UK she taught in Oxfordshire and helped to coordinate Special Education Needs. She also completed a counselling diploma, and with ITN in Bournemouth completed a TESOL certificate, and is now part of the Learning Support Team at Moorlands.

Catherine has been married to David for over thirty years and they have two adult daughters.


David McLellan

Business Manager

David manages a team of skilled and talented people who keep the College running, covering finances, personnel, I.T., health and safety, catering and looking after the college premises and our beautiful 14 acre site. He became a Christian in his late teens in Glasgow. David worked in the steel and oil industries before serving in Nepal for six years with United Mission to Nepal. Immediately prior to joining Moorlands in 2011, he worked with BMS World Mission, and has qualifications in maths, finance and business management. David has a passion for cycling and playing badminton. He is married to Catherine and they have two adult daughters.


Helen Morris


Helen Morris joined the academic staff team in the summer of 2015. Having spent four years in Thailand as part of a YWAM (Youth With A Mission) team, formed in response to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, Helen sensed God leading her into theological teaching. In addition to having previously taught Sports Science in Loughborough, she felt led to pursue teaching what she is most passionate about: Jesus and his Church. That meant going back to study, first a BA, then an MA, and now completing her PhD.

Helen is now worshipping and serving at the vibrant congregation at Coastline Vineyard church in Bournemouth. She is also a keen hockey player, having previously won British titles with the Loughborough Ladies 1st XI, and is enjoying playing at her new Club, Bournemouth Ladies.


Sharon Prior

Moorlands Midlands Senior Tutor

Sharon Prior is an experienced lecturer, trainer, leadership coach and mentor. Since her early days teaching at Moorlands College between 1992 and 2003 Sharon has had a vision to see people transformed by Christ to be all that they can be.

Since 2003 Sharon has been Senior Tutor at Moorlands Midlands, leading the teaching team to deliver our BA in Applied Theology course, Elivate and our short courses. She is fuelled by a passion to see people make a difference where they are.

Sharon now has over 25 years of experience as a trainer and facilitator. She has been involved in senior management at the NHS and in the voluntary sector.

When Sharon is not working for Moorlands College she is either helping to lead Beauchief Baptist Church near Sheffield or is teaching with Catalyst Training.

In Sharon’s spare time she is a trustee for Sophia Network and enjoys reading, walking, cooking and catering for youth camps.


Chris Sinkinson

Lecturer in Old Testament and Apologetics

Chris became a Christian when he was a teenager. He has a BA in English and Philosophy, an MA in Biblical Studies and a PhD in Theology from Bristol University. He has been involved in Christian ministry with UCCF in Bath and in a local church pastoral leadership. He is one of the pastors of Alderholt Chapel. Chris has had two seasons involvement in the Bethsaida archaeological dig in Galilee and regularly leads student tours to Israel and to the British Museum. He writes a monthly apologetics column for Evangelicals Now and book reviews for various publications. Married to Ros, much of his spare time is spent with their two boys enjoying walking, cycling and swimming.

Articles in Magazines, Books or Professional Journals

“Are there many paths to God?” Christianity Magazine, Premier:  London, July 2014
“Growing A Rural Ministry”, Evangelicals Now, February, 2014
“A Theologian explains why he is not an Atheist”, in David J.Randall (ed.), “Why I am Not an Atheist: Facing the Inadequacies of Unbelief”, Ross-Shire: Christian Focus, 2013
“One Light, Many Lamps: In Conversation with John Hick”, Reform, February 2013
“Youth and Old Age: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8” in Going the Distance, ed. Elizabeth McQuiod, Nottingham: IVP, 2013
“A Different Kind of Treasure: Matthew 6:19-24” in Creation, Chaos and Christ, Milton Keynes: Authentic Media, 2008
“Exclusivism” in New Dictionary of Apologetics ed. Campbell Campbell-Jack and Gavin McGrath, Leicester: IVP, 2006
“John Hick: Religion for the Modern World?” in Getting Your Bearings: Engaging with Contemporary Theologians, ed. Philip Duce and Daniel Strange, Leicester: Apollos, 2003
“Confessing Christ in a Pluralist Culture” in Grace and Truth in the Secular Age ed. Timothy Bradshaw, Grand Rapids: Eerdmanns, 1998

Published Books

Backchat: Answering Christianity’s Critics, Ross-Shire: Christian Focus, 2014
Time Travel to the Old Testament, Nottingham: IVP, 2013
Confident Christianity, Nottingham: IVP, 2012
The Universe of Faiths, Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2001
Reconstructing Theology, edited with Tony Gray, Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000
“The Lord of the Kings: 1 Kings 8:6-21” in Really? Searching for Reality in a Confusing World, ed. Elizabeth McQuoid, Nottingham: IVP, 2015


Andy Thomas

Moorlands South West Lead Tutor

Since the summer of 2013 Andy has been Lead Tutor at Moorlands South West. He also leads the Training Team at South West Youth Ministries (SWYM), who we work alongside in the South West to deliver our BA (hons) in Applied Theology and BA (hons) in Applied Theology Youth & Community Work (JNC). His passion for engaging in the interface between theory and practice is lived out as a part-time church and youth worker at King Street Chapel in Tiverton.

Andy is husband to Roz and is Dad to three kids – Jonah, Luke and Isla. He is a big sports enthusiast, including rugby and fishing.



Thomas, AJ. 2010. Empowered individual or community ministries? A practical theological study of a South African Pentecostal situation regarding HIV/AIDS. Theologia Viatorum, 34(1): 1-27.

Thomas, AJ. 2009. Oral history interviewing and its value in practical theological hermeneutics: an example from a study on a Pentecostal congregation.Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, 35(2): 267-285.

Thomas, AJ. 2008. Empirical theology, African Pentecostals and an “Evangelical-Charismatic hermeneutic”. Practical Theology in South Africa, 23(3): 46-66.


Tony Thomson

Librarian, Director of Learning Support and Disability Advisor

Tony came to faith in his twenties. He has a BA in History of Ideas and Religious Studies from Middlesex University which was followed up by an MA in Library and Information Studies at Loughborough University. Tony and his wife, Angela, completed a CDTS (Discipleship Training Course) with YWAM. Tony is currently working towards a Masters in education with a special needs focus, an area which is of particular interest to him. Tony relaxes by walking (especially in the Lake District) and reading.