Winchester

Programme Teaching Staff


The Revd Canon Mark Collinson 

Mark became Canon Principal in 2015 and heads up the School of Mission in the Diocese of Winchester. His main role is to assist in developing the vision and mission of the Diocese, by supporting and enabling the delivery of the strategic priorities of the Diocese. Also as a Cathedral Canon this role embodies a significant connection between Diocese and Cathedral, creating and supporting a genuine mission partnership and strengthen existing links, developing discipleship and ministry training and resources.

After an initial career in banking and international finance and management consultancy, Mark completed an MA in Theological and Religious Studies at Cambridge. He has been in ordained ministry since 1998. From 2001 – 2015, Mark was chaplain at Christ Church in Amsterdam and Area Dean of the Netherlands from 2011. He is co-author of The Mission and Identity of Anglican Churches in the Benelux (2006), Ora & Labora, Antwerpen. He holds a research degree in Anglican ecclesiology (VU Amsterdam 2010) and is completing a doctorate on missional ecclesiology. Mark is married to Sue and has two teenage children, he is passionate about coffee and the game of squash!


The Revd Paul Dunthorne

Paul is Programme Leader for the Winchester School of Mission Programme, and as Mission and Training Adviser in the Diocese of Winchester is responsible for Initial Ministerial Education both before and after ordination.After working as a lawyer in the City of London, Paul trained for ordination at Durham, where he later wrote his MA Thesis entitled: ‘The Priority of the Gospel: Church Planting in the Church of England examined in the Light of Anglican Tradition and the Ministry of the Apostle Paul’ (studied under James Dunn and Stephen Barton).He brings to the role over 25 years of experience both of parish ministry and theological education, having taught New Testament and Homiletics on the West of England Ministerial Training Course (WEMTC) and also having served as a governor both of WEMTC and Ripon College, Cuddesdon.Paul is married to Julia, and they have four adult children.He enjoys travelling, walking and photography.


The Revd Phil Dykes 

Phil provides theological training and resource in evangelism and fresh expressions of church, to equip and encourage churches to grow in number, depth and engagement, to provide and support the work of mission action planning at parish and deanery level, and to encourage new discipleship and mission initiatives.He has been ordained since 1991, and worked in three different dioceses across different social and ecumenical contexts.


The Revd Dr Marcus Throup

Marcus is Vocations Adviser and DDO in the Diocese of Winchester and Research Fellow of the University of Winchester. Marcus studied Theology at the universities of Oxford and Nottingham and has a background in mission and theological education. He spent 15 years in Brazil with CMS, training people for ministry and serving for a decade as a priest, first in a slum district and later in a Cathedral context. Marcus has taught at St John’s college, Nottingham and his PhD is on high Christology in the gospel of Mark. In 2015 he completed a new Portuguese translation of Augustine’s Confessions. He is co-author of the chapter on Brazilian Anglicanism in the Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion and has published several books and articles in Portuguese and English. Marcus is married to Tamara and has two children, he loves good beer and fishing.


The Revd Betty Hayes

Betty is Local Training Coordinator. Holding a Graduate Diploma in Theology, Betty has been teaching preaching, discipleship and leadership in a parish context for over ten years. Betty has many years of experience as a part-time student and is currently studying and training for ordination, equipping her to understand the particular challenges of our study programme for students and tutors alike.

Associate Tutors


The Revd David Deboys

David is Team Vicar in the Southampton City Centre Parish. He studied Theology (majoring in Patristics) in Belfast [BD], before research in the Septuagint in Oxford [MLitt]. Prior to ordination he was Librarian of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He trained in the ecumenical setting of the Cambridge Theological Federation. He has led rural, suburban and inner city parishes. He was Director of the Focus Christian Institute in Cambridge, which was the main provider of adult Christian education in the Diocese of Ely for over thirty years. A founder member of Praxis in East Anglia and then a national council member, David served as Secretary of the Funeral Rites Group of the Liturgical Commission when the Common Worship funeral resources were being prepared. He has taught Liturgy across six dioceses, including the West of England Ministerial Course. He was Worship Officer of the Diocese of Gloucester. He has taught First Testament at tertiary level for many years. He has strong interests in the Orthodox tradition. He is committed to inter faith dialogue and is honoured to be on the Southampton Council of Faiths.


The Revd Sheena Williams

Sheena was ordained in Winchester in 2010, having trained at STETS from 2007. Prior to ordination, she was a solicitor and Notary Public in Glasgow but then took an extended career break to look after her two children. She served her title as curate in the Parish of Swaythling in Southampton, ministered as Associate Priest in the Parish of Chandler’s Ford and is now priest in charge of the Parish of North Stoneham and Bassett in Southampton Deanery.Her academic interests lie in the area of Practical Theology and the intersection between ministry and theology. She holds an LLB in Law and French Law, a Diploma in Legal Practice, an MA in Theology for Mission and Ministry and is a Doctorate in Theology at the University of Winchester. She tutors in reflective practice and liturgy.


Dr Michael Cranston

Michael has been a LLM (Reader) for over 45 years and a diocesan tutor for 30 years. He has the Archbishops Diploma for Readers, a MA in Religious Studies from Southampton University and a doctorate in Theology from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, USA.


The Revd Dr Chris Steed

Chris holds a doctorate in theology and another in social sciences. He worked in Whitehall for 12 years, had 10 years in sector ministry (education and mission management) and 22 years as a parish priest and counsellor involving a range of social innovation projects. Chris’ publications include, ‘A Question of Worth’ (2016), ‘Smart Leaders, Wise Leaders’ (2017), ‘We count, we matter: voice, choice and the death of distance’ (2017) and ‘A Question of Inequality’ (2018).


The Revd Sally Dakin

Sally is Spirituality Adviser for the Diocese of Winchester and has an MA in Christian Spirituality; she also has a PGCE in Teaching in Higher Education, and has worked with learning groups for 30 years. She also assists as a parish priest.


The Revd Dr Chris Knights

Chris holds a PhD in Biblical Studies. Ordained in 1989, Chris has served in urban, suburban, ex-mining and rural parishes. He was also a Rector in the Scottish Borders and a Church-based Community Worker near Edinburgh and currently ministers in an estate Parish in Southampton. Chris was on the staff of Chichester Theological College, and has tutored for training schemes in North-East England and for the Scottish Episcopal Church. He writes for The Expository Times and has a particular interest in applying the Rule of St Benedict to urban church ministry.


Mrs Susan Brakewell

Susan is an LLM, holds a MBA in Education Management (Leicester) and a Certificate in Theology and Ministry (Winchester). Her background is in HE/FE, with an emphasis on adult returners.