Waverley Abbey College Tutors

College Principal

Bob Stradling

BA (Hons), MA, Cert HE (Higher Education), FHEA

Bob has a long and varied career in leadership within a range of Higher Education settings; Principal Lecturer and Head of Department at Sunderland University Business School, Senior Teaching Fellow and Deputy Head of Distance Learning at Durham University Business School, Head of the School of Business and Creative Industries at Inverness College UHI, and Vice Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Springdale College/ForMission before taking up his position here at Waverley Abbey College.

He brings a strong commitment to widening participation in Higher Education especially among groups that have traditionally been under represented and a belief that new ways of training people for ministry are required as the challenges faced by the church are changing.

Counselling Faculty

Heather Churchill

MTh. (Middx); BA (Hons. Brunel) – Registered Member, MBACP (Senior Accredited) Counsellor/Psychotherapist; Registered Member, ACC (Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor)

Heather has many years of experience as a Trainer, Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Supervisor. She has co-authored two books: Insight into Helping Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Insight into Shame and has published a number of articles in the Accord journal of the Association of Christian Counsellors.  In her private clinical practice, Heather specialises in counselling adults who have experienced abuse in childhood. She is currently conducting a reflexive audit on the work she has undertaken in developing Higher Education counselling training within a Christian paradigm.

Dr Janet Penny

BA (Hons), MSc, PGPDip, C. Psychol., AFBPsS; HCPC Registered Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Janet is Deputy Head of Counselling Training. As well as having a private clinical practice, Janet is a research supervisor for doctoral candidates at the Metanoia Institute and London School of Theology. Her own doctoral research was on power dynamics and the development of intra-cultural competence within Christian counselling. She has many years’ experience teaching in higher education focusing on the integration of faith and psychology in Christian counselling, and research methodology.

Shannon Hood

Dip Couns, Dip Man, Dip Sec. & Risk Man, B Eng (Hons), B Th, PG Dip Min, PG Dip Couns & Psych, M Ed, M Comm, M Couns, PhD (Cand)

Shannon is based in Melbourne, Australia is a Level 4 member of the Australian Counselling Association and a member of their College of Supervisors. He is the founding member of the ACA’s College of Christian Counsellors. He has held senior roles in multiple Australian tertiary education institutions and has a private practice specialising in the Supervision of Christian Counsellors. He is currently completing his PhD on the use of Spiritual and Religious Interventions in Professional Counselling and is a member of the editorial board for the Waverley Abbey Journal.

Sara Lister

RN, BSc(Hons) Nursing ; MSc Nursing Studies , Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, MA Integrative Psychotherapy from Christian Perspective.  Registered member of the BACP and Registered Nurse

Sara is the Programme Leader for MA Counselling. Sara is also part of the team at The Royal Marsden Hospital, providing psychological support for the patients and is also managerially responsible for the psychological support team, the chaplains and staff counselling service.

Her academic interests include the impact of the clinical work on those in the caring profession and strategies for self-care; the psychological support of those with life limiting illness; and spiritualty.

Phil Shepherd

BSc (Hons.) in Pure Maths; Advanced Diploma in Counselling; MA (Distinction) in Counselling Studies; Certificate in Supervision. Accredited member of ACC and Registered member of BACP

Phil is part of the training team on BA year 4 and teaches the Spirituality Module; he is also a tutor and leader of Year 1 of the MA Counselling programme.

In his spare time he runs a small private counselling practice in North Wales and works for a local business counselling agency.  His particular interest is in Mindfulness and also diversity issues in counselling.

Dr Owen Ashley

BSc (Hons), MA (Couns), PhD, MBACP Reg. (Snr. Accred), PG Cert HE, ACC (Accred) – Counsellor & Supervisor

Dr Owen Ashley worked as a counsellor in General Medical Practice for many years and currently has a private counselling practice. Owen has undertaken a PhD, researching CWR’s Waverley Counselling Model. As a practising Counsellor/Psychotherapist for 30 years, he has 20 years’ experience as a Counselling Trainer and Supervisor.  Stress management and Christian Theology/Spirituality are particular areas of interest.

Owen’s PhD evaluated CWR’s Waverley Integrative Framework of Christian Counselling. He leads Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Counselling programme and the MA in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Sharon Mclean

MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Sharon started her counselling journey in 2002 working in pastoral care in her local church in Tooting then received her Diploma in Counselling and Supervision. Sharon has a private practice and practices in community agencies offering individual, couples, family counselling and Supervision. Sharon is a Year 1 Tutor on the day course Dip HE in Counselling BA Year 1. She is also a trainer in pastoral care and runs a Pastors Supervision Support Network.

Debbie Quick

MA Integrative Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Theology and Counselling, Dip in Counselling Supervision, Cert in Couples Counselling

Debbie is the Year Leader for BA Counselling Year 2 weekend programme. She has been counselling since 2006 and is a registered and accredited counsellor with ACC and BACP.  From her private practice in Bromley, Debbie currently counsels individuals and couples, and supervises other counsellors and is currently completing a Diploma in Transformational Coaching.

Anna Clarkstone 

BA (Hons) Counselling

Anna has been the year leader for the BA Year 3 programme at Waverley Abbey College for seven years, as well as lecturing in Gestalt theory and the Enneagram.  She is accredited with the BACP and ACC and runs a private practice in Bournemouth, Dorset.   Anna began her studies at Waverley Abbey College in 2002. Recent studies include a Diploma in Supervision, a certificate in online counselling and current studies on the Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy MA (year 2).

Ellen Yun

 MA Integrative Psychotherapy, Dip, PGDip, BA (Hons)

Ellen has diverse experience of supporting, empowering and advocating for people in different settings.  She is passionate about developing and supporting people to explore and reach their potential. Ellen brings over 12 years’ experience of counselling children, young people and adults and currently has a private practice offering counselling and supervision.

Donna Maddox

BA (Hons) in Theology and Counselling, Certificate in Counselling Supervision. Advanced Cert in Lifespan Integration Therapy

Donna is the lead tutor on BA Counselling Year 1 and Year 2 weekend programme, and leader for Year 2 one-day a week programme.

Donna also runs a small private practice seeing both clients and supervisees. Her key area of interest is trauma, abuse and dissociation.  Registered member of both BACP and ACC and an accredited registered member of the NCS.

Sally Berry 

MA Oxon, MA in Relational Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Sally is the Year Leader for Years 4 and 5 of the BA (Hons) Counselling programme. She is particularly passionate about the Person-Centred Approach and Internal Family Systems.

She has worked as a counsellor for ‘Release Counselling’, part of the YMCA St. Paul’s Group for the past 11 years.

Nina Smith

HE Dip Counselling, Masters in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy (MATCP), Dip Gen Nurse, B Soc Sci, Business & Administration (BA Hons)

A tutor on year 1 of the MA Counselling programme, Nina also runs a general private practice in Bath, with a focus on trauma, spiritual abuse and recovery from coercive control. She is a qualified practicing supervisor and volunteers with OMF to assist with debrief counselling.

Northern Hub

Liz Mole

MA Relational Counselling and Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Counselling

Liz is the Northern Hub lead tutor for the Diploma of Higher Education. She has been counselling since 2010 and has her own practice in Bradford working within a church context and with private clients. Liz is a registered counsellor with the ACC. She counsels individuals, often long-term, to facilitate working with more complex issues. Liz has offered supervision since completing the MA in 2017.

Spiritual Formation Faculty

David Wise

MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation, BA (Hons) Theology

David believes that every person has been created by God with potential. His passion is to help people realise more of their potential, to become more of the person that God has created them to be. David has served as a Baptist pastor in churches in and around London for 37 years (until August 2019). For more than 20 years he has been mentoring Christian Leaders and he is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council as a Senior Practitioner. Between 2011 and 2018 David also worked as a part-time tutor and module leader on Masters programmes in Missional Leadership. In September 2018 he joined the faculty at Waverley Abbey College as the Programme Leader for Spiritual Formation. David is currently researching the creation of genuinely multi-ethnic local church congregations for a Doctorate in Practical Theology.

Dr Ian Stackhouse

PhD, MA Theology, BA (Hons) History and Politics, PG Certificate-Education, Cambridge Diploma of Religion

Dr Ian Stackhouse has been the Senior Minister of Millmead Guildford Baptist Church since 2004 and has been in pastoral ministry overall for nearly thirty years. He is married to Susanna and they have four sons who are at various stages of young adult life.

Ian has thus far authored four books – the Gospel Driven Church being his PhD thesis – and has contributed various other chapters and articles.

As part of leading Millmead he has occasion to travel in the UK and overseas, ministering in churches, seminaries, conferences and retreats.

Dr Owen Ashley

 BSc (Hons), MA (Couns), PhD, MBACP Reg. (Snr. Accred), PG Cert HE, ACC (Accred) – Counsellor & Supervisor

Dr Owen Ashley worked as a counsellor in General Medical Practice for many years and currently has a private counselling practice. Owen has undertaken a PhD, researching CWR’s Waverley Counselling Model.

Owen has been a practising Counsellor/Psychotherapist for 30 years and has 20 years’ experience as a Counselling Trainer and Supervisor.  Stress management and Christian Theology/Spirituality are particular areas of interest.

Owen’s PhD evaluated CWR’s Waverley Integrative Framework of Christian Counselling. He leads Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Counselling programme and the MA in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Owen worked as a counsellor in General Medical Practice for many years where he also ran stress management and assertiveness training groups.

Jennifer Campbell

BA (English), HED (Education), DipTh, BD (Biblical Studies), MPhil (Systematic Theology) 

Jennifer has dual citizenship of South Africa and UK, having studied, worked and lectured in both countries in diverse church (Evangelical Anglican) and college appointments (Methodist, Reformed, Charismatic, Ecumenical).

Jenny has mobilised visionary leadership in local congregations and communities as a speaker, team builder and spiritual director (see www.eaglesinflight.net).

Chris Duffett

MA Evangelism Studies, BA (Hons) Art and Theology

Chris has a wealth of experience in Chaplaincy having served as Peterborough’s City Centre Chaplain for 10 years and is currently one of the Bardsey Island Chaplains.

Chris is also a tutor with The Light College lecturing on Theology, Culture and the arts and lecturer at Cliff College on Pioneering and Fresh Expressions.

Former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and an author of 4 books, his latest a novel on the life of his hero Philip the evangelist.

He is an evangelist and artist and founder of The Light College and Collective.

Andrew Gregg

PG Dip and MSc in Microelectronics and Microcomputer Applications

Andrew has extensive experience in Chaplaincy. He worked with Work Place Chaplaincy in Scotland for seven years, before becoming its National Director in 2020. As Chaplain and Training and Vocation Director, he worked closely with the Baptist College piloting a module in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care. He oversaw a chaplaincy placement module for the Scottish Episcopal Church and URC placement students. Andrew coordinated a Street Pastors initiative in Scotland working with police, NHS, drug and alcohol charities and businesses. He was a trustee of Love Inverness, which managed Street Pastors.

Andrew has undertaken mission trips to Albania working closely with a charity to support food and education programmes for children in remote areas.

Chris Blakeley

MA (Cantab) English, MBA (London), MSc Organisational Psychology, MCIPD.

A tutor on the Spiritual Direction Module, Chris is a Benedictine Oblate and provides Spiritual Direction and Retreats – largely supporting people in Leadership and Church Ministry in deepening their contemplative practice.

He also runs a Leadership Development Consultancy, Waverley Learning, supporting Leaders in Church, Secular and Not-For-Profit organisations.

Chris founded the Crossroads Retreats Charity which provides support to people in times of major transition or loss. He has just co-authored a book on ‘Leading with Love’ which will be published in 2021.

Alison Cansdale

MA in Christian Mentoring (Missiology)

Alison is an accredited Senior Practitioner Mentor/Coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, (EMCC). She is also a qualified Therapeutic Coach (FTCT) and a qualified Pastoral Supervisor, providing individual and group supervision. She is a member of the Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education (APSE). She lectures in Christian mentoring and coaching at theological colleges, ranging from Certificate to Master’s degree level.

Usha Reifsnider  

MA Practical Theology

Usha is a British Gujarati Christ follower from the West Midlands and is the Framework, Skills and Ethics module leader.

Usha serves as a mission partner with Go To Nations (formerly Calvary International) and as a diaspora mission consultant in North America and Europe. Currently researching anthropological aspects of diaspora and migration for her PhD at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Usha is a member of the Centre for Majority World Mission and serves on the leadership team for Lausanne Europe 20/21.

Public Leadership Faculty

Dr Joanna Williamson

PhD Intercultural Education (current), DMin Global Leadership, MA Theology, Politics and Faith based Organisations

Joanna is a co-founded of One Rock International which provides training, mentoring and spiritual formation to marketplace leaders around the world.

Joanna has a passion for study and is currently enrolled on PhD in Intercultural Education. Her study interests span a wide field including narrative theology, the four Gospels, spiritual formation, apologetics, political and public theology, Christian biography and global leadership trends. Joanna has been influenced by life and writings of Dallas Willard, a philosopher and church reformer, and serves on the board of Renovare Britain and Ireland as well as Santus in Germany.

Publications: Lessons from the Life of Hudson Taylor and a biography of Amy Carmichael. Currently researching Spiritual Formation and Leadership for future publication.

Integrating Faith and Leadership Faculty

Clare Williams

BA Oxon; MA Leadership; Cert Theological Studies

Clare is Programme Leader for the Integrating Leadership & Faith certificate and diploma. She has an MA in Leadership and is currently completing her second masters in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity at Birkbeck, University of London. Clare is a trained Christian apologist, and she enjoys helping people to share their faith.