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Core Academic Staff
John Applegate, Principal
The Venerable Dr John Applegate was ordained in Manchester Diocese and served for eighteen years in some of the poorest inner urban parishes of Manchester and Salford. John has worked as a hospital chaplain, and supported other clergy and lay ministers as a Team Rector, Area Dean, chair of the diocesan House of Clergy and Archdeacon. John was a member of the General Synod for eight years, an elected member of the Church of England Appointments Committee for five years and is a trustee of Church Army.
John has published research on the quality of life of clergy and their families. In Salford, he developed partnerships with local residents’ groups, housing associations and City Council to found a community development trust that supported people into employment and created opportunities for community regeneration.
John’s doctorate is in Old Testament studies, with a focus on the book of Jeremiah, and he taught part-time in the University of Manchester over fifteen years. He was appointed Principal in 2008 and has seen All Saints develop to become one of the Church’s largest providers of theological education.
John’s other interests include photography, walking, cinema, music and comedy. He doesn’t like satire, but it makes him laugh.
Karl Möller, Vice-Principal
Since moving to the UK in 1994, Dr Karl Möller has worked as Course Co-ordinator for the Open Theological College, Research Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria, Senior Tutor at the Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership and, most recently, Principal of Initial Ministerial Education at Cumbria Christian Learning. He was appointed Vice-Principal at All Saints Centre in 2018.
Karl has a PhD in Old Testament Studies, with a focus on the book of Amos. Over the last twenty years, he has taught widely in Biblical Studies, Judaism, preaching, spirituality and study skills. He has published a range of articles on the Old Testament and co-edited four volumes on biblical interpretation. He is the author of A Prophet in Debate: The Rhetoric of Persuasion in the Book of Amos (2003), Reading Amos as a Book (2014) and The Song of Songs: Beautiful Bodies, Erotic Desire and Intoxicating Pleasure (2018). Prompted by the challenges caused by a growing number of asylum seekers and refugees, Karl has developed a strong interest in biblical-theological perspectives on migration, seeking sanctuary and hospitality, and he is currently working on a book project in that area.
Karl enjoys good literature, cooking and football (German, of course).
Claire Egan, Director of Postgraduate Programmes
Dr Claire Egan leads All Saints’ Postgraduate Programmes and is a member of the Leadership and Course Management teams. She has an MA in Theology (Cambridge) and a PhD (Birmingham) on the Book of Job. Claire’s research interests include questions relating to creation and providence; the relationship between theology, philosophy and physics, particularly questions about God and time; and theologies of nature including eco-theology, which focus on the interrelationships between God, humanity and wider creation. At All Saints she teaches in the areas of Hebrew Bible and Christian Doctrine.
Claire also has a PGCE and her experience before joining All Saints includes teaching Religious Studies and Philosophy, mainly at FE level, and roles in education funding and policy.
As well as spending time with her husband and four children, Claire enjoys seeing things from different perspectives through walking, photography, astronomy and music, especially classical guitar.
Alastair Wehbeh, Derby Link Tutor
Alastair Wehbeh has worked in adult education for over 20 years, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has travelled widely and lived in France, the USA, and South America. Alastair has an MA Applied Linguistics, an MA Biblical Interpretation, and is currently working on a PhD on John’s Gospel.
Alastair moved to the North West from London in 2011. When he’s not working for All Saints he spends time with his family, and enjoys cooking, talking, and listening to jazz. He is a SCUBA diver, enjoys creative writing, and is currently working on a novel about his father’s experiences as an immigrant to the UK from Syria in the late 1950s.
Gemma Culverwell, Academic Registrar
Gemma Culverwell manages and leads All Saints’ Support Team, which delivers a range of professional support and administrative services to the All Saints community, including admissions, academic administration, finance, operational administration, communications and IT.
Gemma is a member of All Saints’ Leadership and Course Management Teams and advises the Board of the Trustees and its sub-committees on matters of compliance, policy and strategic development. She brings a breadth of project management experience and creative problem-solving skills to the role of Academic Registrar, having worked in a range of unusual and multi-faceted roles in Higher Education, Corporate Responsibility, Health & Safety and Human Resources (Policy and Benefits).
When away from All Saints, Gemma enjoys being part of an amazing church family, cooking for friends and dressmaking.
Caroline Hill, Operations and Finance Administrator
Caroline Hill worked for fifteen years in the Financial Services Industry before joining All Saints in 2010. She is now our Operations and Finance Administrator and is based at the Course Office in Warrington.
Caroline’s varied role includes copyright compliance, event management and financial processes. Caroline is also the Mental Health First Aider for All Saints staff after completing a course with MHFA (England).
Hayley Noble, Finance Officer
Hayley Noble joined All Saints in July 2018 as Finance Officer and is based at the Warrington Office. She takes care of all aspects of the accounting and financial planning for All Saints. Hayley has worked in Finance since leaving school in many different roles, most recently in the education sector.
Ian Patrick, IT and VLE Officer
Having worked in IT support at various levels since leaving university, Ian Patrick became All Saints’ IT and VLE officer in June 2018. He is responsible for managing Moodle, All Saints’ online learning environment, and provides support for that and many of the other IT systems, equipment, processes and software used by All Saints staff. Ian has always been comfortable around computers, and enjoys both helping users understand technology and making technology more understandable for those using it.
Leigh Wood, Academic and Admissions Administrator
Leigh Wood joined the All Saints Centre in September 2014. Previously, she worked in various departments of the Civil Service, including HM Customs & Excise, Highways Agency and Department for Work and Pensions.
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 the first points of contact with the course for trainees from their diocese.
Matt Allen, Director of Studies for Ordinands and Readers, Diocese of Blackburn
Revd Matt Allen is the Director of Studies for Ordinands and Readers in the Diocese of Blackburn, where he also oversees curate training (IME2). He was previously the Priest-in-Charge of a parish in Accrington. He is a member of the Young Priest Theologians Network and is currently engaged in doctoral study at the University of Chester. Matt has an interest in preaching and creative worship. He is a member of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland and a contributor to the Methodist ‘Singing the Faith’ resources. Within All Saints, Matt oversees the Worship and Preaching subject area and is part of the All Saints Course Management Team.
Gary O’Neill, Director of Studies for Ordinands, Diocese of Chester
Revd 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. In 2018 he published Straw for the Bricks: Theological Reflection in Practice in partnership with All Saints colleagues. Passionate about liturgy and music, he is a self-supporting minister in his village church and runs the local community choir. Gary leads the tutor teams for modules in worship and a module in pastoral care, and he contributes to others involving theological reflection models. He is a member of the Course Management Team and helps shape the worshiping life of the All Saints community. His golden retriever is named after one of the few female characters in the Lord of the Rings.
Peter Whittington, Director of Studies for Ordinands, Diocese of Liverpool
Revd Peter Whittington 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 for Ordinands in 2016 he served in three parishes in the Diocese, from urban to semi-rural, from Liverpool to Wigan. Peter is module leader for New Testament and has a particular interest in the issue of how we read and find meaning in the biblical text. He is a member of the Course Management Team.
Bob Banton, Director of Studies for Readers, Diocese of Liverpool
Bob Banton works for the Diocese of Liverpool as a Learning Manager with responsibility for Clergy Developmental Reviews and Continuing Ministerial Development. As well as Director of Studies for Readers, he also leads the Readers-post licensing training. In addition to his role with the Diocese, Bob is a Baptist Minister and helps lead a Baptist Church in Huyton on the very edge of Liverpool. In his spare time he enjoys reading and watching Wales play rugby, which helps learn how to deal with both triumph and disaster.
Bob’s previous job was as Principal Lecturer/Head of Department in the Faculty of Health at Liverpool John Moores University where he was involved in the professional education and training of those preparing for careers in Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting and Social Work.
Irene Cowell, Director of Studies for Ordinands and Readers, Diocese of Sodor and Man
Revd Irene Cowell has recently been appointed as Director of Studies for the Diocese of Sodor and Man where she also serves as Vicar of the parish of Arbory and Castletown, a rural and town ministry, and as Diocesan Director for Continuing Ministerial Development. Prior to moving to the Isle of Man in 2018 she served for 23 years in the Diocese of Liverpool in parish ministry and for a time as Acting Director for CME and later as Co-ordinator for Leadership and Management Training for Clergy. Following a period of training with the Episcopal Church in the USA, she developed and implemented the ‘Fresh Start’ programme to enable clergy, lay leaders and their parishes in times of transition. Irene worked as a nurse for 16 years before leaving to train for ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. She was ordained in 1994, and she has a keen interest in Canon Law and Christian Ethics.
Hannah Lewis, Director of Studies for Deaf Students and Disability Advocate
All Saints has worked with a number of deaf students in recent years and the Revd Dr Hannah Lewis has acted as Director of Studies for 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.
Anne Edwards, Manchester and Co-ordinating Chaplain
The Revd Canon Anne Edwards is Co-ordinating Chaplain with All Saints and has been with the Course since its start. Anne is available to support students, their families and staff. Since ordination in 2000, Anne served her curacy in Bury. Her full–time role is currently Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Manager at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. Anne has interests in vocational development and coaching, to name just a couple. Staff and students are invited to get in touch with Anne at any time to talk things through with her.
Judy Cannan, Sodor & Man
Judy Cannan trained as a secondary school teacher and later worked in adult education. Initially, she taught in Crosby, Liverpool and later in Jamaica with Voluntary Service Overseas. Judy was licensed as a Reader with the Diocese of Sodor and Man in 1998. She was a Synod representative, part of the Bishop’s advisory team and on the board of Readers until she left the island. In 2000 she began training in Spiritual Direction, and later in Supervision, at Loyola Hall Liverpool. Judy has worked briefly with Anglican Renewal Ministries in Uganda before moving to Iona where she worked as part of the resident group team. Further training with Llysfasi in Sweden occurred in 2006, after which she felt called to work with the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf as Assistant Retreats Facilitator. During her 5+ years in Cyprus, she was involved in setting up and running a retreat house. Her work today continues to include ongoing Spiritual Direction and Supervision with people overseas, in the UK and on the Isle of Man. Leading Quiet Days, Weeks of Guided Prayer and Individually Guided Retreats both on the island and in the UK continues to be her passion. She works on a regular basis at Penhurst retreat centre in Sussex and is a member of the Liverpool Diocese Spiritual Direction Network.
Harry Wood, Liverpool
Revd Harry Wood trained for ordination with All Saints while in full–time employment and running his own computer–aided design business. As a result, Harry is fully aware of some of the challenges involved in part-time training. Harry is currently vicar of St Thomas Eccleston in St Helens and, while most comfortable in the Anglo Catholic tradition, works alongside colleagues in all the expressions of church represented in the deanery. He has a quite extensive funeral ministry, which has become a very important part of his work as a priest, and he contributes to All Saints’ pastoral practice teaching on funerals. Harry loves music, reading, photography, travel and good coffee. Do get on touch with him if you would like to talk – perhaps in the great coffee shop across the road from St Thomas.