The School has four 'core' staff members. Their biographies and responsibilities are set out below.
The School also benefits from the expertise of a range of occasional and volunteer staff, who lead academic modules and teach on seminar days, and/or tutor groups of students in their localities.
The Revd Dr Sally Myers
Principal, Lincoln School of Theology
In my early career I trained and worked as a buyer, enjoying travel to Europe and the Far East, before setting up my own manufacturing business. I was in business for 14 years. I then spent some 18 months first as a Lay Hospital Chaplain, and then as a Mental Health Chaplain, before ordination. I served my title at St Wulfram’s, the Parish Church of Grantham, before taking up my first full-time post in theological education in 2008. I have a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (University of Leicester), an MA in Theology and Pastoral Ministry (University of Nottingham) and a PGCE in Continuing Education with Qualified Teacher Status (De Montfort University). My doctoral thesis (University of Cambridge) and ongoing research interests concern how we represent our faith to ourselves, and each other, and how those representations, and therefore our self-understanding, attitudes and behaviour can change over time in response to learning and new insights. I have a deep-rooted passion for learning, as facilitating liberation from all that binds, nurturing a creative and just peace, and, simply for fun. I also pray. Although I am not always sure what that means, I will keep trying to get better at it.
I am responsible for the spiritual, academic and formational integrity and flourishing of the staff and students of the Lincoln School of Theology, and of the School as a whole. I chair the Management Committee of the School and its various sub-committees. I also represent the diocese on the Governing Council of Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.
Administrator, Lincoln School of Theology
I started working for the Lincoln School of Theology as Assistant Librarian in May 2015 whilst completing my Reader Training. In July 2015 I became the School's Administrator. I was licensed as a Reader in October 2015. I have a degree from Durham University in Classics. Previously I have worked as a civil servant. I have also been a volunteer literacy tutor at Lincoln College and have volunteered in local school libraries.
My main role is to provide administrative support for the Lincoln School of Theology and to be a point of contact for staff, students and visitors. I am secretary to the School’s various committees and sub-committees (including the TEI Management Committee for the Durham Common Awards) and also the Examination Board. I also liaise with the Durham University Common Awards Team on administrative matters. I share in aspects of student administration, and am involved in the processing of module assignments. I also oversee the practical arrangements (room bookings, etc) for seminar days and residential weekends. I work part-time for the Lincoln School of Theology, three days a week.
Director of Ordinand Formation, Lincoln School of Theology
Before I was ordained I spent eight years as a professional bassoonist. I won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music and while still there became a founder member of the prize-winning Elysian Wind Quintet; as a freelance I worked with several orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Glyndebourne and Welsh Opera, before becoming Principal Bassoon in the Hallé Orchestra. After several years' resistance I eventually yielded to the call to ordination and studied for three years at Lincoln Theological College. Ordained in the Diocese of Chester, I served as curate near Manchester, then as vicar in a large suburban parish nearby, where I was also chaplain at St Ann’s Hospice. During this time I became interested in spiritual direction and retreat work, with particular reference to the spirituality of Ignatius Loyola, and took part in the Llys Fasi Spirituality Workshop led by Gerard Hughes SJ. I then moved to Devon, becoming a member of the Exeter Diocesan Prayer School team and rural dean, as well as priest in a rural benefice and then an urban parish. In 2002 I took part in the three-month course in Apostolic Spirituality at St Beuno’s. This life-changing experience prepared me for the post of Spirituality Adviser in the Diocese of Guildford, part of the Mission, Evangelism and Parish Development team. After some years in the Diocese of Guildford I took a year off and wrote a book, Too Much Religion is Bad for your Faith. My five-week prayer workshop, 'Closer to God', has been used by several thousand participants. Finally, I became a parish priest in Leicestershire, where I was chaplain to the Leicester Ordinands from the Lincoln School of Theology. During over 30 years in ordained ministry I have also served as a spiritual director, mainly to clergy, and a retreat leader. I moved to Lincoln in 2012.
At the Lincoln School of Theology, I am responsible for the Ordinands’ Formation programme, including parish and other placements; I also oversee the liturgy modules as well as the worship programme and spirituality. In addition, I serve on several of the School's committees.
VLE Administrator and Librarian, Lincoln School of Theology
I first worked with computers in manufacturing in the 1970s when each computer was the size of a large room, working in the oil-field sector for many years, including running my own controls engineering company. Academically, I gained a First-class honours degree in 1998 with the Open University, cross-faculty, covering both technology and social science disciplines, studying part-time alongside work. I also gained a Diploma in Systems Practice and went on to tutor with the Open University (OU) in 1999, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2004. I have tutored on numerous different OU modules in three faculties; Maths, Computing and IT and Social Science. I have worked as a consultant, participating in research on key skills and writing material for the level one Social Science modules, particularly focused on assignments, online activities and the tutor guides. Over the past 15 years, I have also worked as a Regional Adviser, a Learning Adviser at Residential Schools, a Champion of Online Working and as a specialist tutor of individuals with additional requirements, all within the OU. I retired from the OU in September 2015 and am now currently studying for an MA in Theology, Media and Communications with the University of Chester. More practically, I was a volunteer chaplain at St Barnabas Hospice until last year.
A previous student of Lincoln School of Theology, I was ordained deacon in 2011 and priested in 2012, and I now minister in the Saxilby and Stow Groups, where I work for part of the week as an OLM parish curate.
I work for the Lincoln School of Theology as Librarian for the School's collection of printed material and our Virtual Learning Environment. I specialise in Study Skills tuition, act as a second marker for student work and present Study Skills sessions to individuals and groups. Responsible to the Principal and working with the rest of the core staff, there are many such interesting areas to be explored further in future, as technology becomes integrated into teaching and learning. Working with such variety and a lovely mix of people, technology and books is an exciting and enjoyable challenge.
Please feel free to contact me about Study Skills and the LST Library.