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Our council and staff

Church Society is a voluntary association of members who wish to maintain the worship and doctrine of the church according to biblical standards. The Society depends financially on its members and supporting churches. It is controlled by a Council, elected at the annual general meeting.

The current members of the Council are:

Revd Nigel Atkinson – Nigel is Vicar of Knutsford & Toft, and author of the book Richard Hooker and Authority.

Revd Dr Mark Burkill – Mark is Vicar of Christ Church, Leyton and has been a Church Society Trust director for a number of years. He has written a few items for the Latimer Trust of which he is Chairman.

Revd Dr Andrew Cinnamond – Andrew is originally from Northern Ireland, trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and is now a team vicar in the Cotswolds. He has a PhD in Elizabethan Church History and is the author of What Matters in Reforming the Church?

Revd George Crowder – George is Vicar in Over (Chester Diocese), and a regional leader for ReNew.

Revd Paul Darlington – Paul is Vicar of Oswestry Holy Trinity, a Church Society Trust director, and a trustee of Fellowship of Word and Spirit. He is the author of our booklet, Evangelical Ministry in a Non-Evangelical Parish.

Revd Dr James Hughes – James is Vicar of Duffield and Little Eaton in Derbyshire and has served on the FWS Council for more than 15 years, he has been on Chester Diocesan Synod, taught on SNWTP, and done research on NT ecclesiology.

Mrs Rebecca Hunt – Rebecca is a barrister, law lecturer, and CEEC member in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire.

Revd Chris Kilgour – Chris is Vicar of Northaw and Cuffley in Hertfordshire. He trained at Oak Hill and was curate in Chalk, near Gravesend. Before that, he spent a dozen years working in software development.

Revd Canon Angus MacLeay – Angus is Rector St Nicholas Sevenoaks. He has written several short commentaries for preachers for the Proclamation Trust. He has has been a member of General Synod since 1995.

Revd Dr Rob Munro – Rob is Rector of St.Mary’s, Cheadle and Chair of the Fellowship of Word & Spirit and on the Council of the Latimer Trust. He is a member of General Synod and chairs the House of Clergy for Chester Diocese.

Mrs Amanda Robbie – Amanda is an author, blogger, mother and vicar’s wife in the multicultural inner city parish of Holy Trinity, West Bromwich. Amanda blogs and tweets as @thevicarswife and is on the CEEC.

Revd Mike Smith – Mike is Vicar of St John’s, Hartford (Chester Diocese), and a member of Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod.

Revd James Taylor – James is married to Christine, and is a minister in Jersey. James spent five years on the ministry staff team at St Helen’s Bishopsgate before undergraduate and postgraduate theological study at Oak Hill College and a curacy at St Luke, Hampstead.

Revd Andrew Towner – Andrew is Vicar of Houghton and Kingmoor in Carlisle Diocese. Trustee of Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance, Chair of Diocesan Board of Education and ReNew Carlisle Diocese.

Revd Robin Weekes – Vicar of Emmanuel Wimbledon since 2013.


The following have also been co-opted as Council members:

Mr Mark Cawson – Mark is the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Church Society. He is a barrister (QC) in Manchester, a member of St John’s, Knutsford, and a trustee of the North West Partnership.

Mr Jake Eggertsen – Jake is a member of the JAEC Committee, and an Ordinand at Oak Hill College, London.

Revd Dick Farr – Dick is Chairman of the Church Society Trust. He trained at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and is now Associate Vicar of St John’s, Tunbridge Wells, having previously been incumbent of Henham, Elsenham, and Ugley.

Revd William Taylor – William is Chairman of ReNew. Served in the British Army before being ordained. Rector of St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate in London. Author of several books including: Understanding the Times, Partnership, The Word One to One, Revolutionary Sex, and Revolutionary Work, and editor of the Read Mark Learn series: John, Romans and Luke (Vol 1 & 2).

Revd Dr Jason Ward – Jason is vicar of St Mary’s, Chaddesden, Derby. Before that, he was Associate Minister at St. Peter’s Harold Wood. He has served on Church Society for two years.

Our officers are:

President: the Rt Revd Rod Thomas.

Vice Presidents: the Rt Revd Wallace Benn, Mr Vijay Menon, Revd David Phillips, Mrs Alison Ruoff, Canon Michael Walters.

Honorary Treasurer: Revd Ash Carter


Our members of staff are:

Revd Dr Lee Gatiss – Lee is the Director of Church Society. See his profile page.

Dr Ros Clarke – Ros is the Associate Director of Church Society.

David Meager (Administrator)

Sophie Barker (Finance Assistant)