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Professor David F. Ford OBE

is Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College.

                                               David Ford - speaker at ministers conference


Alongside continuing work on Christian theology and on inter-faith relations, Professor Ford’s current research includes work on: the Gospel of John; theology, modernity and the arts; religion-related violence; contemporary worldviews; and higher education.

Professor Ford chairs the Theological Reference Group for a Church of England initiative launched in 2016, the Foundation for Educational Leadership; co-chairs Global Covenant Partners, which serves the Global Covenant of Religions, an international initiative in response to religion-related violence; co-chairs the Rose Castle Foundation, a centre for reconciliation, inter-faith engagement and conservation based in Rose Castle in Cumbria; and co-chairs Faith in Leadership, which offers leadership training to emerging and established leaders from several religious traditions. He currently serves on boards of Kalam Research and Media (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Tripoli and Tunis); the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton; the Institute for Comparative Scripture and Interreligious Dialogue in Minzu University, Beijing; the Elijah Interfaith Institute, Jerusalem; the Religious Literacy Leadership in Higher Education project in Goldsmiths, University of London; the Westminster Abbey Institute; the Cambridge Muslim College; and Lyn’s House, Cambridge (a L’Arche-inspired house of hospitality and friendship for those with and without learning disabilities, founded by his wife Deborah). 


The Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston


According to the Birmingham Diocesan website, Anne describes herself as both ‘contemplative’ and a ‘want-to-make-it-happen’ person who finds walking and being outdoors ‘inspiring and refreshing’, and is keen on environmental issues. Her other interests include reading, the arts and real ale pubs.

When she became Bishop of Aston, Anne said: " I hope to contribute my experience and practice in mission in a whole variety of contexts, in walking alongside the many clergy and lay people of the Diocese, who are doing all sorts of wonderful and exciting things—helping to focus in together on God’s priorities and God’s call. A lot of that is about encouragement and in the realising and releasing of gifts. Each step of my journey has been enormously exciting and stretching and now I take a rather large *gulp* as I look towards this next step in ministry to which I believe God is calling me."


Fr Damian Feeney 


Fr Damian Feeney comes from Thornton Cleveleys in Lancashire, and was educated locally and at Durham University. After eight years teaching music he trained for the priesthood at Chichester Theological College. He has served in parishes in Harrogate and in the Preston area, as well as undertaking church planting and mission work nationally. He was a member of the working party which produced the report Mission-shaped Church. From 2009 to 2015 he served as Vice-Principal and Director of Pastoral Studies at St. Stephen’s House, Oxford. 

Since May 2015 he has served as Parish Priest at Holy Trinity Ettingshall, in Wolverhampton, and as Mission Advisor to the Catholic parishes of the Diocese of Lichfield. He is a member of the General Synod. 

He is married to Fiona, a Primary School Head Teacher based in Wolverhampton, and they have three grown up children.


Rt Revd Donald Allister

                                             Rt Revd Donald Allister


It goes without saying that our own bishop and host of the conference will be setting the scene for us, discussing what it means to be 'Sent by Jesus'.  Bishop Donald will be present for the whole conference.





             With grateful thanks to Ecclesiastical Insurance, Carter Jonas, Church Edit
and Hunt and Coombs for supporting the 2017 Diocese of Peterborough’s Ministers Conference