Meet the tutors
Our tutors come from a variety of Christian backgrounds and are all trained and experienced spiritual directors. Many of them have taught on the courses for several years.
Our Current Team
Mary-Jane was brought up in Guernsey and, after a number of years as a French teacher, got married and now has two grown-up children. After being a full-time Mum, Mary-Jane has had various roles, some voluntary others not - such as CAB adviser, GP receptionist, another spell as a teacher, on the leadership team of a Fresh Expression of church, on the Ely Diocese Vocations team.
Having come to an active faith as a student, church life has been important ever since, and currently she is an Authorised Lay Minister offering pastoral care in the church and village of Histon with a particular emphasis on listening. After receiving spiritual direction for several years, and gaining some insight into what it entails, she then trained on the CCSD course in 2013/14 and has been part of the tutor team since 2014/15. She has provided spiritual direction since then.
Helen has been practicing spiritual direction since training with CCSD in the 1990s, and joined the tutor team several years ago. She is admitted as a Reader (Licensed Lay Minister) with the Church of England, but relinquished her license early in 2018 following a sabbatical review. She enjoys teaching, encouraging and affirming others in their journey of life and faith, especially in smaller groups and rural settings.
Formerly, she worked in both local government and charity sectors, in a range of roles that included administration, civic and charity governance, customer and public relations, and volunteer and staff management. She now enjoys gardening - she has a lot of it to do - and solitude in the great outdoors. She is married to Stephen and lives in a rural hamlet near Ely.
Ian comes originally from the north of Scotland. His Christian experience developed while at university in Aberdeen, where he and his wife, Janice, met. Following some years working in human resources, Ian trained in Oxford for Baptist ministry and had two local church pastorates. He then joined the staff of Spurgeon's College, London, teaching church history and spirituality.
For five years Ian and Janice lived in Prague, assisting with training younger leaders in mainland Europe. They have two married daughters, who live in Czech Republic and Sweden, and three grand-children. For the last ten years they have lived in Cambridge. Ian was one of the ministers at an ecumenical church and was a part-time chaplain at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He is an honorary team chaplain at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and is involved in spiritual direction and Ignatian guided prayer.
Jeremy was the headteacher of three primary schools during a career of over thirty years in the state sector, before joining the Diocese of Ely as an Assistant Director of Education where for over five years he was responsible for the spiritual and emotional well-being of headteachers in church schools.
Jeremy is married with six children and three grandchildren (so far!) and has been actively involved in church life since childhood. Since retirement Jeremy sees individual directees as well leading quiet days and serving in his church.
Lynne joined our team in September 2017 having undertaken the course herself in 2013.
Paul maintains a ministry of mentoring and spiritual direction having recently retired from being the Regional Minister/Team Leader of the Eastern Baptist Association. In addition he co-chairs the Vellore Link Support Group of the Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council and is a trustee of Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy. His work with the EBA took him to churches across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and also included support of chaplains in various situations.
Paul was born in East London and spent his early life in Dagenham where he came to faith through the ministry of the Parish Church where he also met his wife Sue. He studied at Keele and Bristol Universities gaining a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology and a master’s in Biblical Hermeneutics. In between these two periods of study he taught at the Sixth Form College in Stoke-on-Trent as well as pastoring a local church part-time.
He has held pastorates in Stoke-on-Trent, Bristol, Chippenham (Wilts) and Winchester. He trained for ministry at Bristol Baptist College. On the ecumenical front he worked with the Anglican Dioceses, Methodist Districts, Roman Catholic Diocese and the United Reformed Church Province in East Anglia. As a result of this he was made an Ecumenical Canon of St.Edmundsbury Cathedral and is still an Etheldreda Canon Emeritus of Ely Cathedral where he volunteers as a Day Chaplain. He also spends as much time as possible with Sue enjoying his grandchildren!