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Lee Gatiss has been Director of Church Society since January 2013. He is married to Kerry and they have three children.
Lee is on the editorial board of The Global Anglican, a trustee of the annual St Antholin Lecture, and a member of the Latimer Trust Theological Workgroup. He is on the Church of England Evangelical Council, and the council of Affinity. He serves as a member of the editorial board of Studies in Puritanism and Piety, and is also a lecturer in church history at Union School of Theology.
Lee read modern history at New College, Oxford. After working for St Ebbe’s, Oxford, he was a student on the Cornhill Training Course in London, with a placement doing student work at All Soul’s, Langham Place.From there he went on to read theological and pastoral studies at Oak Hill College in London.
After ordination, Lee served as Curate of St Botolph’s, Barton Seagrave, and St Edmund’s, Warkton, a Church Society Trust parish. He was then for five years the Associate Minister of St Helen’s, Bishopsgate, with responsibility for the Sunday morning congregation and midweek groups, as well as leading the church family staff team, and Reform London.
While in London he also completed a ThM in historical and systematic theology with Westminster Theological Seminary in the USA. He then spent three years researching 17th century biblical interpretation for a PhD at Peterhouse and Tyndale House, Cambridge, where he was awarded the Lightfoot Scholarship.
Ros Clarke has been Associate Director of Church Society since 2017.
She previously worked for the Diocese of Lichfield where she pioneered the role of Online Pastor. She has previously worked for Tyndale House in Cambridge, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Castle Church in Stafford, and many years ago was a maths teacher in Kent. Ros has a degree in Physics from Oxford University, as well as a Masters in Theology from Oak Hill College. Her PhD from Highland Theological College was on canonical interpretations of the Song of Songs. She is a regular contributor to Crossway magazine and has published a number of other articles and essays, including the introduction to Song of Songs in the NIV Proclamation Bible.
Ros hosts the Church Society podcast, edits Crossway magazine, is Assistant Editor of The Global Anglican, oversees all the Church Society social media accounts, and is the Course Leader of the Priscilla Programme, an online training course for women, run in partnership between Church Society and Union School of Theology.
In her spare time, Ros enjoys art, especially textiles, and is a sporadic gardener. Ros lives in a tiny house near Stafford, converted from a sixteenth-century sheep shed, and she is very glad that it has twenty-first century plumbing.
George Crowder was appointed as a Regional Director in 2019.
After four years at Oak Hill Theological College he spent three and half years as a Curate in St John’s, Hartford. He became Vicar of St John’s, Over, in February 2011. George is married to Kath, and they have four children. He is responsible for the North and parts of the Midlands.
Tony Cannon was appointed as a Regional Director in 2020.
Tony has ministered in churches in Shropshire, the Cotswolds and Surrey before retiring in 2017. Tony is married to Lynnie and they live in East Sussex. He is responsible for the South and East of England.
Chris Moore was appointed as a Regional Director in 2020.
Chris is rector of a rural, multi-parish benefice in the Diocese of Hereford, where he has been since 2011. He is married to Mary, and they have five sons. His doctoral research examined the Old Testament roots of Christology in the Gospels of Mark and John. Chris is responsible for the Southwest and the West Midlands.
Kirsten Birkett was appointed as Theological Consultant to Church Society in 2020.
Kirsty Birkett worked as a lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College for 14 years, teaching Pastoral Care and Counselling, Church History, Ethics, Philosophy, and Doctrine. More recently she has been Associate Minister at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Hadley Wood. Kirsty has a particular responsibility for helping Church Society respond helping us respond to the Living in Love and Faith resources published by the Church of England in November 2020.
Sophie Barker (on maternity leave)
Marion Mason (for 2020-2021)