Meet the tutors
Our tutors come from a variety of Christian backgrounds and are all trained and experienced spiritual directors. Many of them have taught on the courses for several years.
Our Current Team
Mary-Jane was brought up in Guernsey and, after a number of years as a French teacher, got married and now has two grown-up children. After being a full-time Mum, Mary-Jane has had various roles, some voluntary others not - such as CAB adviser, GP receptionist, another spell as a teacher, on the leadership team of a Fresh Expression of church, on the Ely Diocese Vocations team.
Having come to an active faith as a student, church life has been important ever since, and for many years she was an Authorised Lay Minister offering pastoral care in the church and village of Histon with a particular emphasis on listening. After receiving spiritual direction for several years, and gaining some insight into what it entails, she then trained on the CCSD course in 2013/14 and has been part of the tutor team since 2014/15. She has provided spiritual direction since then.
Helen has been practicing spiritual direction since training with CCSD in the 1990s, and joined the tutor team several years ago. She is admitted as a Reader (Licensed Lay Minister) with the Church of England, but relinquished her license early in 2018 following a sabbatical review. She enjoys teaching, encouraging and affirming others in their journey of life and faith, especially in smaller groups and rural settings.
Formerly, she worked in both local government and charity sectors, in a range of roles that included administration, civic and charity governance, customer and public relations, and volunteer and staff management. She now enjoys gardening - she has a lot of it to do - and solitude in the great outdoors. She is married to Stephen and lives in a rural hamlet near Ely.
Jeremy was the headteacher of three primary schools during a career of over thirty years in the state sector, before joining the Diocese of Ely as an Assistant Director of Education where for over five years he was responsible for the spiritual and emotional well-being of headteachers in church schools.
Jeremy is married with six children and three grandchildren (so far!) and has been actively involved in church life since childhood. Since retirement Jeremy sees individual directees as well leading quiet days and serving in his church.
Having retired as a Baptist minister Paul Hills now primarily maintains a ministry of mentoring and spiritual direction. He held pastorates in Stoke-on-Trent, Bristol, Chippenham (Wilts) and Winchester. He then became a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association. This brought him into fruitful contact with the Anglican dioceses, Methodist Districts, Roman Catholic dioceses and the United Reformed Church Province in East Anglia. Having studied and taught in the sciences prior to ordination, he continues an interest in the relationship between Christianity and the scientific endeavour. He now lives near Ely where he volunteers as a Day Chaplain at the Cathedral. He also spends as much time as possible enjoying his grandchildren!
Having recently completed the course and also recently retired, Trevor joined our team last year and is looking forward to sharing in this important work
Rejoining the team after a break of several years Nicky brings a wealth of experience