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New Leadership Training and Access Officer at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College


Cranmer Hall is pleased to announce that Jamie Daniels has been appointed as Leadership Training and Access Officer at Cranmer Hall within St John’s College Durham.  This new role, made possible by a generous long-term grant from the Relay Trust, will enable Cranmer Hall to scale up its partnerships with local churches and offer training resources which enable local churches to identify and support potential leaders.


Jamie was born and brought up in the North-East and has for the last five years served as Director of North East Youth for Christ during which time he has overseen a substantial development of work with young people across the region.  In 2020 he also planted a new church in Consett, County Durham.  Jamie read for a degree in Theology, Ministry and Mission at Cranmer Hall from 2013-2016, and paved the way for the creation of the now-flourishing Free Church Track.


The role of Leadership Training and Access Officer is part of exciting new chapter at Cranmer Hall. This autumn sees the creation of 30 fully-funded bursaries designed to offer women and men, who live across the region or who can demonstrate a call to serve in the region, the opportunity to access a full-time or part-time course at Cranmer Hall which will equip them theologically and practically for leadership in the local church.


Welcoming Jamie’s appointment, Philip Plyming, Warden of Cranmer Hall, commented, ‘I am thrilled that Jamie will be joining the Cranmer Hall team and helping us strengthen the ways we serve local churches in their leadership development, and enable more people to access quality theological training. Jamie can witness to the way in which accessing theological training at Cranmer Hall equipped him for Christian leadership and service, and his track record at North East Youth for Christ is a testimony to the impact of that.  I know that Jamie is superbly equipped to support local churches in leadership training and enabling women and men from all backgrounds to access courses that will equip them to serve God in the places where they are called.’


Ian Galloway, Director of the Free Church Track, added, ‘Jamie is a wonderful addition to the Cranmer Hall Team.  He embodies what we are here to do: train and equip people to pioneer, grow, and lead flourishing churches across the region. I look forward to working with him to serve the churches of the North to grow hundreds of faithful, resilient, and mission minded leaders.


Jamie Daniels said, ‘Cranmer Hall is an amazing place, one to which I owe a great deal as part of my own formational journey.  It is a real privilege to come back to Durham in a role dedicated to equipping the local Church and building on the strong foundation of leadership development that has come before.  Working with an amazing team of people, I believe that we can help Churches in our region, here in the North East, not only grow in their impact but flourish.  Cranmer Hall is uniquely positioned at the heart of the region, with a reputation of excellence in both academic achievement and missional leadership development. I am excited for all that God is going to do in and through us in the years to come.’


Jamie will be taking up the post on 1 September 2022, subject to the usual checks being completed.

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