Trustees

Fiona MacMillan - elected committee member

After ten years managing innovative health projects, Fiona studied at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, becoming one its first Fellows. She has been ill since 1997 and combines these experiences in her writing and work on disability, lived experience and questions of social justice. Fiona chairs the Disability Advisory Group at St Martin-in-the-Fields and leads on the annual conference on Disability & Church, in partnership with Inclusive Church. She is a storyteller in the Inclusive Church resource book on Disability and was recently elected an independent Trustee. Part of St Martin's since childhood, Fiona grew up working in a soup kitchen and a folk club, lived in a hostel for homeless men, sang with South African township choirs and now knits hats for people seeking refuge or asylum.

Elected as Trustee July 2016

Tim Goode - Elected Committee Member

The Rev’d Timothy Goode is Team Vicar of St Luke’s Whyteleafe and St Peter and St Paul’s Chaldon and Disability Advisor for Southwark Diocese

Tim initially studied music at University and taught for 16 years. Leaving teaching Tim was ordained in 2009.
Since 2012 he has been the Team Vicar of St Luke’s Whyteleafe and St Peter and St Paul’s Chaldon, part of the Caterham Team Ministry, leading two congregations with a catholic tradition and a mission focus. Since 2013 he has been the Disability Advisor for  Southwark Diocese. Tim was elected to the General Synod of the Church of England in 2015.

Elected as Trustee July 2016

Stephen France - representing WATCH

Rector of Christ Church, Brondesbury (London Diocese); Willesden Area Director of Ordinands; Vice- Chair of WATCH.

For the past 15 years I have campaigned nationally for equality for women at all levels within the church.  I was elected to serve as a member of the General Synod from 2010 and took part in those crucial debates to enable women bishops to take their place in the church.  

As a former private secretary to Government ministers I have tried to use my experience of understanding organisations to elicit change in the church.  During my time in the dioceses of Derby, Chichester and London I have been on most types of committee.  I have always spoken up and out for what I believe even when sometimes this has come at a high personal cost.  I believe we have to take every opportunity to make a difference.

Michael Roper - representing One Body One Faith

Originally from North Carolina, Michael came to Britain in 1996 in order to do a year’s voluntary work.  Brought up as a Southern Baptist, he left that church and was baptised and confirmed in the Episcopal Church at sixteen.  There he found a real welcome and inclusiveness, though as an openly gay man, his calling to ordained ministry was put on hold.  He worked as a full-time volunteer for LGCM during its 25th anniversary year with Richard Kirker.  Thanks to that experience and the encouragement he received from lesbian and gay clergy, he decided to pursue his vocation in the Church of England.  He was selected for training for ministry (College of the Resurrection, Mirfield) and was ordained in Southwark in 2003.  He was curate with the Rev’d Canon Peggy Jackson in the Mortlake with East Sheen Team Ministry before taking up the post as Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul’s, Egham Hythe.  Since January 2016 he has been the Interim Minister of St. Barnabas, Epsom.  Michael was elected as a trustee of OneBodyOneFaith at their AGM in 2016.  Michael is passionate about sharing the Gospel with the marginalised and excluded. 

Jonathan Draper - representing Modern Church

The Very Rev'd Dr Jonathan Draper is Dean Emeritus of Exeter Cathedral and the General Secretary of Modern Church. Jonathan was born in Boston MA in the USA and came to the UK in 1976 to undertake doctoral work at Durham University, and never left. He trained for ordination in the Church of England at Ripon College Cuddesdon, served a curacy in Manchester and went back to Cuddesdon to teach doctrine. While at Cuddesdon Jonathan was also a member of the Theology Faculty in the University of Oxford. From Cuddesdon Jonathan went to be Vicar of Putney in the Diocese of Southwark: an inclusive parish before the term was popular. In 2000 Jonathan and his family moved from Putney to York where he was Canon Theologian at York Minster for 12 years before moving to Exeter to take up the post of Dean in 2012. Jonathan is interested in all things theological (which means all things) and is never surprised to see the Spirit of God at work outside the structures of the church.

Dianna Gwilliams - Chair

Dianna Gwilliams is currently Dean of Guildford Cathedral. Dianna was born in Colorado USA and grew up in California. She read physics and chemistry at university and came to the UK to work as a sound engineer for just six months. Thirty five years later she is still here. Following twelve years as an engineer she was ordained in Southwark Diocese where she served her curacy and then as incumbent for 14 years. Dianna contributed to Gender: The Inclusive Church Resource.

Elected as Trustee: July 2016

Simon Sarmiento - General Secretary

Simon is a retired software consultant and is now a part-time freelance journalist, focused mainly on Anglican news. With two others, he founded the Thinking Anglicans website in 2003. He has written also for Anglicans Online, the Church Times, The Tablet, and for Comment is Free. He has been a  consultant on technology to Church House Publishing.  He has been an enthusiastic supporter of Inclusive Church since its foundation. Simon contributed to Sexuality: The Inclusive Church Resource.

Elected as Trustee: July 2016

David Hancock - Treasurer

David is a "lay person" who got to know IC by attending the conferences in 2007 and 2009. He was impressed by IC's commitment to end discrimination. He retired from about 40 years running probation services in London, Birmingham and Nottingham in 2005; and being IC treasurer gives him something useful and interesting to do. He lives near Nottingham and frequently visits children and grand-children in London and Birmingham. While not a qualified accountant, he has a wide experience in managing statutory and voluntary bodies. He was treasurer of an august body 'The Association of Chief Officers of Probation' in the 1990s, and is well used to trying to make a little go a long way! He loves cycling, and is also a bell-ringer at his parish church at Radcliffe-on-Trent. He's so impressed by the number of people who support IC by regular donation - it is clear that IC would not exist were it not for the strength of the member support.

Elected as Trustee: July 2016

Anthony Freeman

Anthony is an honorary assistant priest at St Paul's, Chichester. Ordained in 1972, he was dismissed by his bishop in 1994 for publicly espousing a nonrealist view of God. From then until retirement in 2011 he worked in academic publishing. He served a number of years as assistant editor of the journal Modern Believing and also served as the nominated Modern Church representative trustee of Inclusive Church. As a member of the Sea of Faith and the Progressive Christianity Networks he seeks to promote an open and inclusive theology across the churches.

Elected as Trustee July 2017

Sally Barnes - elected committee member

Sally joined IC with her late husband when it was formed as they both agreed thoroughly with its aims to make the Church more inclusive. She has worked against prejudice all her life as a teacher, headteacher, Early Years Inspector and layperson in the Church. She has witnessed the damage to individuals and groups that discrimination of any kind causes and the waste to the Church and Society this brings. She believes firmly in the Gospel of Inclusion and the importance of accepting the vocations and gifts individuals have to offer. She is an executive member of IC representing the London branch of Women and the Church (WATCH).

Elected as Trustee: July 2016

Alex Gowing Cumber - elected committee member

Alex is a Church of England priest who has taken medical retirement from parish ministry. He describes himself as a liberal catholic - or just a friend of Jesus who seeks to be inclusive. He enjoys visiting and helping churches and groups. Recently he has been exploring his artistic skills in photography and painting as well as developing a love of Nigerian football! Alex enjoys woodland conservation work, pipe smoking, opera, ballet and musical theatre. He has also become something of a disability activist.

Elected as Trustee: July 2016

Dan Barnes Davies - elected committee member

Dan will be ordained deacon in the Diocese of Chelmsford in September 2017.
He grew up in Good Easter, Essex among five Wheaten terriers and countless puppies, and read Philosophy at Southampton, where he had became an Anglican thanks to the chaplain and chaplaincy. He is particularly interested in addressing the institutional exclusion of young people from church/the church/churches.

Elected as Trustee: July 2015


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