Our Vision

Hearts on Fire with a Vision for growth

Who We Are

Mandy Ford, Director of Discipleship & Ministry

Peter Graystone, Lay Training Officer

Paula Thorvaldsen, SPA Training Coordinator

Zoe Skilton, Discipleship & Ministry Administrator

Richard Nicholl, Administrator

Mandy has particular responsibility for training of curates and continuing professional development of the clergy. She is the link member of the department for the SPA Council.

Peter has particular responsibility for the Bishop’s Certificate course, coordinating our Deepening Discipleship programme, and is the link member of the department for the Board of Readers.

Paula oversees the training and development of SPAs (Southwark Pastoral Auxiliaries) as they prepare for a ministry in giving pastoral support within and beyond churches in the Diocese.

Zoe is our administrator and the first point of call for booking courses and receiving assignments for those doing assessed work on courses.

In addition to our core staff the work of the Department is supported by a network of tutors, mentors, advisers and coaches.  They represent a wealth of talent and specialisms in ministry development amongst lay and ordained people in our Diocese. Events in our Deepening Discipleship programme that focus on spiritual formation also draw on experienced retreat leaders and spiritual directors.