Nominated by the Board of Trustees
Appointed at the AGM April 2014
Bishop Angaelos is General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom. Born in Cairo, but being educated and living in Australia, he returned to Egypt in 1990 to join the monastery and was consecrated a monk by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III; he served as Papal Secretary until 1995, when he was delegated by His Holiness to serve as a parish priest in the United Kingdom. In 1999 His Grace was consecrated General Bishop in the United Kingdom, whereupon his ministry has continued to expand. Bishop Angaelos is active ecumenically at local, national and international levels, as well as in the area of inter-religious relations. Currently His Grace holds numerous offices including: President of the Council of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, co-founder and Co-Chair of the Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum, Co-Chair of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum and delegate of the Coptic Orthodox Church to the World Council of Churches.
On the inter-religious front, Bishop Angaelos is moderator of the Churches’ Inter-Religious Network for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and a Scholar-Consultant for the Christian-Muslim Forum. His Grace is a patron of a wide variety of Christian and religious organizations. Bishop Angaelos also oversees a dynamic UK-based and international youth ministry and travels extensively around the world lecturing at conventions and conferences.
Nominated by the Board of Trustees
Born in 1941. Educated at English College Valladolid Spain and Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge. Ordained priest 1964. Financial Secretary for Diocese of Southwark from 1968 to 1998. Part of Millennium team at Church House 1998-2000. Parish Priest St. Mary’s Blackheath 2000 to date.
Trustee and Administrator of a number of charities, Chair of Governors of two schools, Member of Scrutiny Committees of two London Boroughs and Chair of the Historic Churches Committee for South of England.
Nominated by Action for Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS)
Alan Anderson is a cradle Methodist who was born and brought up in Glasgow. Initially trained as a Librarian he then taught as a Tutor Librarian in his home city before returning to university to read theology and training for ministry in the Methodist Church at the ecumenical Queens College in Birmingham. After serving in three English circuits he returned to Scotland as Chair of the Methodist Synod. During his time as Chair he was also at times Chair of Glasgow Churches Together and a vice-convenor of ACTS.
He then taught in Greenock while also pursuing ministry on a non-stipendiary basis in Glasgow. His final years of circuit ministry were as Superintendent of the Glasgow (later Strathclyde) Circuit. He is currently secretary of the Methodist Church in Scotland’s Ecumenical Forum, a member of the ACTS Ecumenical Development Group and a Board Member of Interfaith Scotland.
Nominated by Cytûn, Churches Together in Wales
Patrick is a lay member of the Roman Catholic Church. He is retired from a professional life as a Consultant Surgeon, Medical Director and most recently working in the Wales Clinical Governance Support and Development Unit. He is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cytûn, Churches Together in Wales. He is a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory.
Co-opted – nominated by the Board of Trustees
Kathy Galloway is a practical theologian, campaigner and writer. The major focus of her work has always been peacemaking and social justice issues, especially relating to poverty and gender. She is a minister of the Church of Scotland, and was Head of Christian Aid Scotland from 2009-March 2016. She was formerly Warden of Iona Abbey, and Leader of the Iona Community from 2002-9, the first woman to be elected to the post. She has also worked for Church Action on Poverty as their Link worker for Scotland. She is the author of a dozen books on justice issues, spirituality and poetry and her writings have been widely anthologised.
She is a patron of the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, which she started in 1981, and has been a consultant for, among others, the World Council of Churches, the Lambeth Conference and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. She has travelled widely and spent six weeks travelling in the USA in 2001 as an International Peacemaker with the Presbyterian Church, USA. She was one of 1000 women worldwide who were collectively nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, and she has an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University.
Nominated by the Baptist Union of Great Britain
Ruth grew up within the Baptist community in Scotland. She pursued a call to ministry within the Baptist Union of Great Britain, completing her training in London and was ordained in 1988. Her first ministerial role was in Bunyan Meeting Free Church in Bedford, a church associated with both the Baptist Union and the Congregational Federation. From there, she moved to teach history and doctrine at Bristol Baptist College, teaching a joint degree with Trinity College, (Anglican) and Wesley College (Methodist). She taught there for 11 years, and then moved to her current position as co-minister at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London.
She has served the BU at various ecumenical committees and conferences, including the WCC gathering in Crete in 2009. As well as this involvement, she has served on the Board of Trustees for the International Baptist Theological Seminary for 11 years, chairing it for 7 years.
She has written on Reformation history, on Baptist history and identity and on the nature of ministry. She is married to Ian, and when they can actually meet, they enjoy going to the theatre. Ruth also does cross stitch and furnishes dolls houses – the smaller the better.
Nominated by the Church of England
The Rt. Rev. David Hamid (born 18 June 1955) has been the Anglican Suffragan Bishop in Europe since 2002.
Born in Scotland, to Scottish and Burmese parents, Hamid holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. He was educated at Nelson High School, Ontario, McMaster University and Trinity College Toronto. After ordination he was curate at St Christopher’s, Burlington, Ontario, and then rector of St John’s in the same city. Following this he was mission co-ordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Anglican Church of Canada and then (his last post before his ordination to the episcopate), the Director of Ecumenical Affairs and Studies of the Anglican Communion. He is married to Dr Colleen Hamid, a medical researcher, and has two sons, Jonathan and Michael.
Co-opted – nominated by the Board of Trustees
Dr Elizabeth Harris is Associate Professor in Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University, specialising in Buddhist Studies, Buddhist-Christian Studies and Inter Faith Studies. Immediately prior to this, Dr Harris served the Methodist Church in Britain for eleven years as their Executive Secretary for Inter Faith Relations and, before this, was a Research Fellow at Westminster College, Oxford.
Her doctorate in Buddhist Studies was completed in 1993 in Sri Lanka, where she worked as Research Assistant to Dr Aloysius Pieris sj. Dr Harris is currently President of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies and is involved locally in interfaith relations as a co-opted member of the Merseyside Council of Faiths. She is Moderator of the CTBI Inter Faith Theology Advisory Group and a member of the Methodist URC Inter Faith Relations Reference Group.
Dr Harris’ publications include: What Buddhists Believe (Oneworld, 1998); Theravāda Buddhism and the British Encounter: religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka (Routledge, 2006); Buddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Reflection (Epworth, 2010).
Nominated by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales
Bishop Paul is auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and a member of the Bishops’ Conference Department for Dialogue and Unity. Within the department he has specific responsibility for engagement with the Ecumenical Instruments, and therefore ideally placed to act as a Trustee of CTBI.
Nominated by ICC
Gillian was born and educated in Cork, Ireland and has a degree in English Language and Literature from Trinity College, Dublin University. She is interim Vice President of the World Methodist Council and a member of the European Methodist Council. She is exLay Leader of the Conference of the Methodist Church in Ireland and has been Director of the Glenstal Ecumenical Conference and President of the Irish Council of Churches. She has a life-long involvement in things ecumenical, both in Ireland and further afield. For seven years she was Moderator of the Church Representatives’ Meeting of CTBI.
Nominated by Methodist Church in Britain
Rachel Lampard was elected Vice-President of the Methodist Conference for 2016/17. She has spent the year leading and representing the Church and speaking about the theme of Holiness and Justice.
She also works as Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), an ecumenical collaboration between the Methodist Church, Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. JPIT helps the Churches to campaign and speak out on issues of poverty, climate change and peace.
Rachel served for 9 years as a Commissioner with the Gambling Commission, the body with responsibility for regulating the gambling industry in the public interest. She focused particularly on how people are protected from the harm that gambling can cause, and was responsible for overseeing a number of reviews which led to changes in requirements of the gambling industry. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE for services to gambling regulation, and now serves on the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, advising the Commission.
Rachel is married with three children and together they enjoy walking up mountains, cycling (on the flat) and Lego. They attend Winchester Road Methodist Church in East London, where Rachel and her husband led the Biscuit Club junior church for teenagers.
Nominated by the Church of Ireland
Born in 1956, educated at Queen’s University Belfast and ordained in 1997. After a curacy in County Antrim he held incumbencies in Ballyrashane and Belfast. He was appointed by the House of Bishops on 30 May 2011; and consecrated on 23 September that year.
Nominated by the Church of Scotland
Graham McGeoch is a minister of the Church of Scotland. He has worked with the church in Africa, Europe and Latin America. From 2006-2013, he served on the WCC Central and Executive Committees. He is currently a parish minister in central Edinburgh and was recently appointed to the board of the Edinburgh Interfaith Association. He is committed to ecumenism and interfaith dialogue and co-operation at grassroots level.
Nominated by the United Reformed Church
Sarah Moore has been a minister of the United Reformed Church since 2005. She currently serves as President of the Cumbria Area of the United Reformed Church and is closely involved in the leadership of the God for All project, the outworking of a covenant signed by the Anglican Diocese of Carlisle, Cumbria Methodist District and United Reformed Church North Western Synod committing to work closely together in mission, ministry and strategic use of church buildings. Sarah is a trustee of Churches Together in Cumbria and has previously served as a local denominational ecumenical officer, on the Churches Together in England Enabling Group and the United Reformed Church Ecumenical & International Committee.
Sarah is part of the UK delegation to the World Council of Churches Central Committee following the Busan Assembly in 2013. She is also a member of the board of the Young Clergy Women Project, an international and ecumenical professional network for women in ministry aged under forty.
Sarah is also a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor working on a part time and voluntary basis at her local branch of Mind.
Nominated by the Salvation Army
Jonathan was born in Cornwall, but spent most of his childhood in Ghana, Pakistan and India with his Salvation Army officer parents.
He gained a BA in Economics at Leicester before entering The Salvation Army’s officer training college in 1984. Following his commissioning and ordination in 1986 he led corps (churches) for the next 19 years in South London (Caterham and Plumstead) and South Wales (Cwmbran and Cardiff).
In 2005 Jonathan moved to Nottingham to become the Director for Evangelism (mission enabler) in the East Midlands Division, and a year later became the Divisional Commander (regional leader) of the same division. A move to International Headquarters followed in 2010, where he became the Under Secretary for Europe and completed his MTh in Applied Theology through Spurgeon’s Baptist College. In 2014 he moved to Edinburgh to become the Assistant to the Secretary for Scotland, taking responsibility for ecumenical work and public affairs at a national level in Scotland. During this time he has been a trustee of the national ecumenical instrument, Action of Churches Together in Scotland.
Jonathan is married to Jayne, who is also a Salvation Army officer. They have four children: Daniel, a professional musician working in Brazil; Sonia, a web designer in Winchester; Joanna a chemistry Masters student in London; and Rebecca a media assistant in London. Jonathan’s interests are running, reading, cycling, chess and Chelsea FC!
Nominated by CTE
Janet Scott recently retired after teaching Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge and serving as the Director of the Centre for Ecumenical Studies in the Cambridge Theological Federation. Her ecumenical work includes serving as the Clerk of the Committee for Christian and Interfaith Relations of Britain Yearly Meeting, and as a Director of Churches Together in England.
Janet is also a member of the CTBI Faith and Order Reference Group.
Co-opted by the Trustees
Jamaican by birth, Pat grew up in Brixton in South London. She is a lay member of Brixton Baptist Church (Kenyon) where she came to faith at the age of 16. Having initially trained in art and design Pat later gained a degree in Psychology followed by a Diploma in Youth and Community Studies. After working in interior design for a time she responded to her calling to youth work, this included a significant period as Principle Youth Officer for a local authority. Later she became a part time tutor and lecturer on the Youth Work and Ministry course at Oasis College. She has served as a Youth Court Magistrate since 1986.
Reflecting her professional life, Pat’s work in her local church has been in children and youth ministry. She has served on the Baptist Union Council as a Member and Trustee and has held the role of Moderator for the Union’s Racial Justice Working Group for a number of years.
Ecumenically Pat has had an active involvement in the Council of European Churches Assemblies and with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe where she served as Deputy Moderator for two terms.
She has two grown up adoptive daughters and has guardianship of her grandson. When she finds the time, Pat enjoys gardening which she finds very therapeutic.