Ministry Development Team

The Ministry Development Team is committed to transforming the Church's ministry by equipping those within and beyond the church to be effective partners, leaders and servants in the mission of God.

We do this through equipping and training those in lay ministries and those preparing to be, or part of ordained ministries (Presbyters and Deacons).

The Revd Paul Wood

Paul leads the team, and coordinates the regular gathering of Ministry Development Specialists from across the regions.  He is the network's link with the Queen's Foundation and leads on new work for the team.  Paul oversees planning and delivery of Superintendents' Induction and Conferences and works closely with the Conference Office in areas of Candidating for Ministry and Oversight.  Paul has a passion for developing quality worship and church leadership.  He is jointly responsible for the coordination of worship at the Methodist Conference.


The Revd Dr Philip Richter

Ministry Development Officer
Philip was the lead officer constructing Worship: Leading and Preaching (the new Local Preachers and Worship Leaders Training Course) before moving his attentions onto the support and development of Lay Pastors.   He is the Connexional Team link the Higher Education Chaplaincies and a number of ecumenical groups.  Philip has a passion for linking Spirituality and Photography.


Bob Bartindale

Ministry Development Officer for Worship and Local Preachers
Bob is the lead officer for Worship Leaders and Local Preachers.  Bob joined the Ministry Development team in September 2016 having served for 7 years as a Lay Pastor.  His brief is to encourage and support all those across the Connexion who communicate the love of God through worship and preaching.  An engineer by profession, Bob loves the great outdoors, especially if it involves boots or bikes.


The Revd Ian Bell

Ian is an honorary member of the team as his main role is co-ordinator of Venture FX and Methodist Pioneering Pathways.  Ian is based at Cliff College.

Click here for information on support for candidates including the next Candidates Portfolio Day. 


Regional Learning Development Officers

The Ministry Development Team work collaboratively with the Learning Development Officers in each of the DMLN regions.  You can find out who is your regional officer (with a Ministry Development Specialism) below:

Scotland & Shetland

Gary Williams



North East

The Revd Martin Ramsden


Yorkshire Plus

The Revd Graham Jones


North West & Mann  

Jasmine Devadason


East Central

Adam Sanders   


Cymru Wales

Amy Adams


Bristol and West Midlands

The Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal


Bristol and West Midlands

Anthony Reddie



The Revd Jonathan Mead


East of England

The Revd Chrissie Howe


Southern & Islands

The Revd Adrian Roux  


South West

Please contact


Not sure which region you are in?  See here /learning/network-regions/which-region-am-i-in


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