Revd Dr Ben Aldous
Principal officer for Mission and Evangelism at Churches Together in England, the national ecumenical instrument. Previously an Anglican Priest in Cape Town (2013-2019), Durban (2010-2013) and a church planter in Cambodia (2004-2010). Ben is a missiologist and passionate about intercultural church. He also loves rural context having grown up in Cornwall and coming from a family of farmers. He has written on fresh expressions, ecumenism and speed and power in mission. His book The God Who Walks Slowly is published by SCM Press.
Regional Learning Development Officer for the Methodist Church for the South West, Farmer’s Wife and Mummy to four creative and energetic children. Has a passion for the countryside having been raised on a farm on the edge of Dartmoor, living a life outdoors. Bridget’s passion for life is journeying with individuals and communities, which she actively lives out as a Local Preacher, Parish Councillor, Community Volunteer, Broadcast Contributor and Writer.
Revd Philip Wagstaff
Methodist minister currently Superintendent of the Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Circuit. Philip has been stationed in rural circuits for the majority of his ministry since 1986. Currently Rural Officer for the South East District of the Methodist Church having previously been the Rural Officer for Plymouth and Exeter District. Senior Tutor on the Certificate in Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES) Course.
The Bishop of Hereford
The Rt Reverend Richard Jackson, Bishop of Hereford, was born in in London and joined the Church at 17. He studied agriculture and forestry at Christ Church, Oxford and completed a Master’s degree in soil and water engineering at Cranfield. He then worked as an agronomist, advising Farmers. Bishop Richard trained for the priesthood at Trinity College, Bristol and following several appointments in Sussex, was installed as Bishop of Hereford in March 2020.