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The Director of Church Society is Lee Gatiss and the Associate Director is Ros Clarke
The Revd Dr 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.
For further information and links to talks, books and articles, please see Lee’s website. He can also be found commenting on each week’s set Bible readings, at Facebook.com/lectionarylee and on our YouTube channel.
Dr 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 is currently working on a Textiles degree from the Open College of the Arts. 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.
Revd Mark Wallace was appointed as a Regional Director in 2019.
His main role is as Priest-in-Charge of St Peter’s in the Colchester Town Centre. He has been in Essex since 2012, having previously served his title post in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Before ordination, he served in a Church Society church on the Isle of Wight, and then went on to study at Oak Hill College between 2005 and 2008.
Mark is married to Lizzie, and they have four sons. In September 2020 he was appointed as Senior Chaplain to the Bishop of Maidstone, alongside his parish responsibilities. So he will be leaving us at the end of September.
Revd 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.
Sophie Barker (on maternity leave)
Marion Mason (for 2020-2021)