Revd Mark Powley, Principal
Mark is originally from Bury, Manchester, and worked as a secondary school teacher and youth worker before training for ordination. He has experience of ministry in city centre, urban and suburban parishes, particularly in leading worship, preaching and developing new congregations. Mark has studied Theology at Nottingham University and Oxford University, and is currently completing a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry with Kings College London. His research interests include the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar and the theology of mediation. He is the author of 4Life: God's Values for Living and The Big Story (Cell UK), Consumer Detox (Zondervan), and Vocation and Resurrection: Facing the Challenges in the North (in a forthcoming collection from Sacristy Press). Mark lives with Ailsa and their four children in Leeds where he mostly enjoys spending time with the family and watching movies.
Revd Dr Stephen Spencer, Vice Principal
Stephen studied Theology at Oxford and also completed doctoral research there on Archbishop William Temple. Having worked as a school teacher in Zimbabwe, he trained for ministry in Edinburgh and served in parishes in Harlesden (NW London), Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Caton (Lancashire) and Brighouse. Stephen joined the staff of the Northern Ordination Course in 2003, which became the Yorkshire Ministry Course in 2007. He is the author of William Temple: A Calling to Prophecy (SPCK), the SCM Studyguides to Christian Mission, Anglicanism and Church History and Creative Ideas for Seasonal Retreats (Canterbury Press). Stephen has three children, now grown up, and his wife Sally is a Methodist Minister in Huddersfield. He enjoys walking, cycling, painting and writing introductions to theology.
John Wigfield, Director of Pioneering Ministries
John holds an MPhil in Old Testament (University of Nottingham), and an MA in Aspects of Christian Missiology (Open University) gained at All Nations Christian College. A Lay Reader in the Church of England, he is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Durham. A graduate in French and Linguistics/Phonetics (University of Leeds), he has taught Modern Languages largely in northern, multicultural schools, including in his native Huddersfield, and English in rural Zimbabwe. For nine years, he served in theological education with The South American Mission Society, first in Chile, and then more widely in Latin America as Theological Consultant. His recent article “The Spirit Level and Deuteronomy: Evoking a missiological conversation” (in Northern Gospel, Northern Church, Sacristy, 2016) reflects missiologically on Pickett and Wilkinson’s work in Social Epidemiology. His wife teaches at their local high school, and they have three children at or heading for university. He enjoys the garden, hill-walking, and song-writing.
Revd Linda Boon, Pastoral Tutor
Mrs Alison Kilburn, Administrator
Alison joined the YMC in December 2012 having gained a wealth of administrative and PA experience in the financial, legal and care sectors. She recently completed a Business Management Degree at Leeds University. Alison enjoys walking, mountain biking, gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Mrs Sandra Hawksworth, Academic Registrar
Sandra works as Academic Registrar for YMC and the College of the Resurrection. She also provides additional administrative support for the Yorkshire Theological Education Partnership.