Ekklesia was originally set up to operate 'virtually', with its freelance / volunteer staff operating from different locations. We have now established a modest, flexible office and meeting base through our partners in London, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church. We also work in collaboration with associates in Scotland (where we share office space) and elsewhere in England and Wales. Ekklesia's model of operation is co-operative. Thanks to support from Andrews Charitable Trust we have been able to establish a part-time staff team for the first time. There is also a range of other associates, consultants and contributors. If you want to contact any of the staff individually by email you can do so by firstname.secondname(at)ekklesia.co.uk To find out more about Ekklesia, see our values statement. Ekklesia founder Jonathan Bartley stepped down as co-director on 1 June 2016.
Simon Barrow - Director
Simon Barrow is a practical theologian, commentator, journalist, NGO consultant, adult educator and trainer. He was for several years a regular columnist with Third way, the magazine of Christian cultural comment. He contributes to the Scotsman, the Guardian, Mennonite Weekly Review, the Baptist Times, The Times, Political Theology, openDemocracy's Our Kingdom project, and a wide range of other media outlets. He is a partner of the Critical Religion project based at the University of Stirling, and a member of the executive committee for the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh. From 2000-2005 Simon was global mission secretary for the official ecumenical body Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), which he also served as assistant general secretary until 2003. He was formerly adviser in adult education and training for Southwark Anglican Diocese (1991-1996) and has worked in current affairs journalism, theological education, international ecumenism, development studies, and as the convenor of a national network of Christian social action groups. Simon has written and co-edited a number of books, including Fear or Freedom? Why a Warring Church Must Change (Shoving Leopard: 2008), Consuming Passion: Why the Killing of Jesus Really Matters (DLT: 2005), Christian Mission in Western Society: Precedents, Perspectives, Prospects (CTBI: 2001) and Expanding Horizons: Learning to be the Church in the World (SBCS: 1995). His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Theological Education, Mozaik (WSCF), the International Review of Mission (World Council of Churches), Christian, Crucible, Pro Mundi Vita, the International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, Movement and others. Living in Edinburgh, Simon is an associate of the Iona Community and a member of the congregation at St James, Leith. An Episcopalian shaped by Mennonite/Anabaptist theology and Catholic spirituality, his research and academic interests include peacemaking, communications, political theology, and the conversation between postmodern faith and other viewpoints - including secular and non-religious ones. He has been a media advisor for Just Festival in Edinburgh, a recent (2009 - 2013) trustee and company director of the Mennonite Trust, a publishing consultant, and coordinator of the Anabaptist Theology Forum. He is currently a member of the Accord Coalition for inclusive education's steering committee, active in the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Scottish TUC, and on the board of the Dumbarton FC supporters' trust provident society. Simon can be found on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/simonbarrow
Jill Segger - Associate Director
Jill Segger is a freelance writer who contributes to the Church Times, The Catholic Herald, Tribune, and The Friend, among other publications. She is an active member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), a local councillor and activist on political and labour movement issues, and has a particular interest in how spirituality influences our social choices. Jill joined Ekklesia in March 2009 as a copy editor and general editorial adviser. She became an associate director in 2010 and contributes regularly to our news briefing service. Jill is also a musician and composer. For more on her writing and editing services, see: http://www.journalistdirectory.com/journalist/TQig/Jill-Segger. You can follow Jill on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/quakerpen
Virginia Moffatt - Chief Operating Officer
Virginia Moffatt began her working life living with adults with learning disabilities in the L'Arche London Community. Over the last thirty years, she has worked for a number of voluntary and statutory organisations as a support worker, information worker, contract manager and commissioning manager. Most recently, she worked at Oxfordshire County Council as quality and contracts manager for adult and children's services. Her peace work includes being on the support group for 1999 Jubilee Ploughshares action; supporting the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT)and Pax Christi; campaigning against wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and regularly contributing to Peace News. In recent years she has also worked for alternatives to an austerity-based economy and society, particularly in the area of welfare reform, collaborating with the Spartacus Network, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), Black Triangle, WoW Petition, Centre for Welfare Reform, and End Hunger Fast. In 2012 she co-wrote a play, "Atos Stories", which was performed by the inclusive theatre company,Act Up! Newham in 2013. She has a Masters Degree in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the LSE and a Diploma in Creative Writing from the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford. Her debut collection of flash fiction has just been published by Gumbo Press. Virginia lives in Oxford, with her husband, Chris Cole, director of Drone Wars UK. They have three children who are attend their local secondary school. As a family they are committed to working for peace and justice, and are active members of their local parish, Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Cowley. You can follow Virginia on twitter at: https://twitter.com/run_Ekklesia.
OTHER RECENT STAFF
Jake Cunliffe - Administration and Development Adviser
Jake Cunliffe is a former recruitment consultant, with a particular concerns for the role of ethics in professional vocations. He also works on a voluntary basis for the Turing Trust, a charity that funds educational development in rural Ghana. Jake holds an honours degree in history from the University of Newcastle. His dissertation looked at the religious and political assimilation of the St Thomas Christians of India into the Portuguese empire. He will has recently completed an MSc in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include the role of Christianity in politics in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa, ecumenism, New Testament theology and the early church in a contemporary context.
Lizzie Clifford - Researcher
Lizzie Clifford has worked with Ekklesia, alongside tutoring in English and RE and working freelance for an academic publishing company. She has a first class undergraduate degree in English and a postgraduate degree in Theology from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include theolinguistics and the relationship between theology and the arts. Over the past two years she has been taking forward Ekklesia's work in the area of religious broadcasting.
Kate Guthrie - Researcher
Kate Guthrie is a graduate with a first class honours degree from Cambridge University, and a long-standing interest in social justice issues. She was the lead researcher for Ekklesia's headline 'Re-imagining Remembrance' report (2009) and has been helping with the future events planning service. She also works for Hope’s Place, a Bristol-based charity, as a Mental Health Work Developer, finding ways to equip the church to respond to and engage with the growing challenge of mental illness. She is co-authoring ‘Sex and Relationships Matter’, an innovative resource for schools with a holistic approach to the pedagogy of relationships. Kate is part of a non-denominational church.
Jordan Tchilingirian (until 2009)
Jordan Tchilingirian is a research sociologist who has been an intern, researcher and associate director at Ekklesia. He is now undertaking fill-time, independent doctoral research on public intellectual activity. Ekklesia also has a network of Associates and Consultants with which it works.
Jonathan Bartley - Co-Director (until 2016)
Jonathan Bartley is a regular writer, public speaker and commentator on television, radio and in the papers. In particular he has been a contributor to BBC Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day' and a columnist for the Church Times and the Guardian's Comment is Free. He has also been a regular panellist on BBC1's 'The Big Questions'. In June 2016 he announced he was standing with Caroline Lucas MP to be co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, and at the same time resigned as co-director of Ekklesia.
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