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Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham Consortium

The Reverend Dr David Goodhew

The Revered Dr David Goodhew is the project leader for the Durham Consortium and also leading the sub-strand on team ministries and united/grouped benefices. David joined the staff of Cranmer Hall, Durham in 2008 as the Director of Ministerial Practice. He has a DPhil from Oxford University and has edited Church Growth in Britain, 1980 to the Present Day, (Ashgate 2012) - the leading academic study of British church growth. He has also published widely in the fields of church growth in Africa, modern British church history and South African history. Prior to Cranmer, David was Vicar of St Oswald’s Church, Fulford, York for seven years. There he led the planting of a new congregation as well as actively promoting more traditional forms of church. Before York, David was Fellow and Chaplain of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. 

The Reverend Canon John Holmes

Canon John Holmes is a Mission Consultant, formerly Canon Missioner of Wakefield Cathedral and a highly experienced parish priest within the Catholic tradition of the Church of England. He has written a number of studies to aid church growth in ordinary parishes, such as Vulnerable Evangelism (Grove Books 2003) and Challenging Questions for churches wanting to grow (Grove Books 2009). Canaon Holmes is leading the Cathedrals sub-strand of the research.


The Reverend Canon Dr George Lings

The Reverend Canan Dr George Lings is the Director of the Sheffield Centre, the Church Army's Research Unit. He is leading the Fresh Expressions (church planting) sub-strand of the research. He has researched widely into church plants and fresh expressions of church himself and overseen the Church of England's largest research project on this area, disseminated in the series of studies, Encounters on the Edge.