Meet the staff


John Applegate

The Venerable Dr John Applegate is the Course Principal. He has overall responsibility for the course and students. He is based at the All Saints Course Offices on the Warrington campus of Chester University. After ordination in 1984 he spent eighteen years in parish ministry in inner-urban Manchester and Salford before being appointed Archdeacon of Bolton in 2002. He taught Old Testament in the University of Manchester as a part-time lecturer and honorary research fellow for ten years and is a member of General Synod and on the board of the Church Army. John is module leader for the modules on Old Testament, Biblical Texts and Themes and Pioneering Church, as well as teaching on New Testament and Discipleship & Ministry. John is Chair of the All Saints Course Management Team.

Vice Principal

Lee Longden

Revd Dr Lee Longden is Vice Principal and is based at the All Saints Course Offices in Warrington. Following a career as a performer and manager in the entertainment industry, and twenty-five years’ experience as a church musician in parish, university and cathedral settings, Lee was ordained in 2005. He served for ten years in stipendiary parish ministry, working in urban and estate parishes in Manchester Diocese, and was an Associate Diocesan Director of Ordinands. Lee is an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the faculty of theology of North-West University, South Africa, and researches ecclesiology, theological education and professional practice in ministry and education. He is also a Self-Supporting Minister in Manchester Diocese. At All Saints, Lee is module leader for Mission and Leadership modules, and teaches reflective practice. He is Programme Director for all (All Saints) Durham University programmes, oversees a range of areas including quality assurance, staff development and safeguarding, and is a member of the Course Management Team.

Course Administration Team

Gemma Culverwell

Academic Registrar

Gemma Culverwell is the Academic Registrar and is based at the All Saints course offices in Warrington.

Caroline Hill

Administrative Assistant

Leigh Wood

Administrative Assistant

Directors of Studies

Each partner diocese provides a Director of Studies for Readers and Ordinands training with All Saints. As well as being involved in teaching on the course, Directors of Studies are first points of contact with the course for trainees from their diocese.

- Diocese of Blackburn

Matt Allen

Blackburn Diocese Ordinands and Readers

Revd Matt Allen is Director of Studies for Ordinands and Readers in the Diocese of Blackburn.
Matt is also the Minister of Trinity Community Church, an Anglican-Baptist LEP in Christ Church parish in Accrington, where he is Priest-in-Charge.
Matt is interested in preaching, creative worship and hermeneutics and is a member of the 'Young Priest Theologians Network and also of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
He is also a member of the All Saints Course Management Team.

- Diocese of Chester

Liz Shercliff

Chester Diocese Readers

Rev Liz Shercliff is Director of Studies for Readers in the Diocese of Chester and worships at All Saints, Marple, where she leads the Theological Reading Group. Her key interests away from the course are preaching and applying Scripture to the whole of life. She is a member of the Executive of the College of Preachers and an Associate of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity’s Imagine project. She writes regularly in The Preacher magazine. Before being ordained, Liz worked in Further Education. She was a Reader for many years. Liz is module leader for New Testament modules and the Chester post-licensing module, as well as teaching on Old Testament, Biblical Texts & Themes, Discipleship & Ministry and Faith & Belief. She is also a member of the All Saints Course Management Team.

Gary O'Neill

Chester Diocese Ordinands

Rev Gary O'Neill has been Director of Studies for Ordinands in the Diocese of Chester since 2007; before that he spent 15 years in the Anglican Diocese of Manchester and 10 years in the Diocese of Birmingham. His primary area of experience and expertise in adult education has been in training and experiential work, which has led him to a particular interest in the ways in which we do theological reflection - he is also very involved with liturgy and church music. Gary is module leader for Discipleship & Ministry, Faith & Belief and Human Development & Pastoral Care (all of which involve theological reflection), as well as teaching on Worship & Preaching. He is also a member of the All Saints Course Management Team.

- Diocese of Derby

Esther Elliott

Derby Diocese Ordinands and Readers

Canon Dr Esther Elliott is the Director of Studies for Derby Diocese where she has worked since 2010 as the Lay Ministry Officer, Warden of Readers and the Learning and Formation Officer. Esther is also a Reader in a parish in Nottingham City Centre. Her primary areas of interest are doctrine, feminist theology and liturgy. She is a member of the WATCH (women and the church) committee and in 2016 was on secondment with Ministry Division as a project consultant exploring the future of lay ministry. Before working in Derby Esther worked with Church Army designing a training course for pioneer evangelists and for USPG, an Anglican mission Agency, raising awareness of the theology, practical action and needs of the church in other parts of the Anglican Communion.

- Diocese of Liverpool

Peter Whittington

Liverpool Diocese Ordinands

Revd Peter Whittington is Director of Studies for Ordinands in Liverpool Diocese and a member of the All Saints Course Management Team.
Peter moved to Liverpool from the South of England at the time of his Ordination in 1995, and has never looked back.

Prior to being appointed as Director of Studies in 2016 Peter served in three parishes in the Diocese; from urban to semi-rural, from Liverpool to Wigan.

Since being a child Peter has enjoyed reading and studying the Bible with others and his MA dissertation explored how we find meaning from the perspective of both the biblical text and the reader. Currently he is involved in teaching modules concerned with biblical studies.

- Diocese of Manchester

Phil Edwards

Manchester Diocese Readers

Rev Phil Edwards has a half-time post as Reader Training Officer for Manchester Diocese and for the other half of his time he is Co-ordinating Chaplain at The University of Bolton, working with volunteer chaplains of different traditions and faiths. He was Team Vicar of a parish near the centre of Coventry for about 16 years and has a background in physics. He is a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists and has been interested in the science-theology dialogue for many years. Phil teaches on the modules Discipleship & Ministry, Faith & Belief and Guided Study.

Tim Evans

Manchester Diocese Ordinands

Since September 2015 Tim has been the Director of Studies for the Manchester Diocese’s ordinands and a member of the Course Management Team. He currently teaches on the Foundations for Ministry and Mission, Worship, and Local Mission Modules. Prior to joining All Saints he was the Director of Pastoral Studies for the Yorkshire Ministry Course based at Mirfield (2009 – 2015). Before that he was in parish ministry for 22 years in London and the North West, including being Rural Dean of Kendal in the Diocese of Carlisle. He was also a chaplain at Lancaster University (1993 – 1997) and taught on the Carlisle and Blackburn Training Institute (1997 – 2009). During his ordination training in Cambridge he was privileged to spend a year working at Lahore Cathedral, Pakistan, and he maintains his interest in the life of the church there through the Diocese of Manchester’s link with Lahore. He is committed to the value of learning insights from the world church for ministry in an increasingly multi faith society.

- Diocese of Sodor & Man

Margaret Burrow

Isle of Man Ordinands and Readers

Rev Margaret Burrow administers the running of All Saints Course for Ordinands and Readers in training on the Isle of Man. Prior to ordination she taught Maths for over 30 years in Secondary Schools, was a Deputy Head on the Isle of Man and a Reader for 14 years. Her ministry is as SSM in the Parish of the West Coast with responsibility for a small country church. She works out of the Cathedral, is a minor canon and Cathedral Chaplain. She has developed and taught a Diocesan certificate in Christian Studies, which is used as a foundation course for All Saints but is open to all who are interested. Margaret teaches the Worship and Preaching module and New Testament Studies. Her particular interest is in biblical languages and textual studies.

- Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham

Sue Hemsley Halls

Southwell & Nottingham Ordinands

Rev Sue Hemsley Halls is Director of Studies for Ordinands from the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, as well as acting as Vocations Adviser for the Diocese and Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO).

- Deaf Students

Hannah Lewis

All Saints has worked particularly in recent years with a number of deaf students and Rev Dr Hannah Lewis has acted as Director of Studies for some deaf students. Hannah was ordained in Lichfield diocese in 1997 and worked in that diocese for 10 years in a variety of contexts (mostly urban) as stipendiary curate, NSM in a large ecumenical team, tutor on the diocesan OLM course, and planting new Deaf churches in Shropshire. At the end of 2006 she moved north to Liverpool as Team Leader for work among Deaf people, a role which includes running five Deaf churches with a team of various clergy and lay people and providing help and support for the other churches around the diocese which provide services for Deaf people (including Liverpool Anglican cathedral). She is a single mum of one, very lively, daughter. Hannah also has a PhD in pastoral theology from Birmingham university with her specialist topic being Deaf Liberation Theology. This was published (in revised form) in a book of the same name by Ashgate in 2007. She is also particularly interested in the interface between theory and practice in ministry, how we integrate what we learn with what we do. Hannah is a tutor on the Service & Leadership module and module leader for Chaplaincy with the Deaf Community.

See our page on Accessibility under Student Support for more information about All Saints' work with deaf students.