Harrogate School of Theology and Mission was established in 2013. The organising team is drawn from a wide spectrum of denominations and traditions. Our aim is to develop excellent theological and biblical education that is open to all. We hope to build and deepen faith and understanding, equipping people for a life of discipleship and mission.

Each year we organise four lectures with outstanding and nationally recognised speakers who have a passion for communicating their topics in an open and accessible way. Our aim is to enable people to think about their faith and apply what they learn to their lives. Previous speakers include Rowan Williams, Paula Gooder, Tom Wright, Elaine Storkey, David Wilkinson and Richard Bauckham.

In addition we hold four facilitated discussion seminars based on high quality talks on DVDs focusing on key aspects of biblical studies. We are currently using Bibletrack DVDs .

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Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds

“Harrogate School of Theology and Mission is a valuable resource for all those in this part of Yorkshire who want to think more deeply about Christianity and its biblical roots. Over a number of years it has built up an enviable reputation and has provided excellent opportunities to reflect on how Christian faith and conviction can shape individual lives and church communities, and so become a transformative influence in our local communities. I hope that it will also be of value to those who are seeking to find out more about the Christian faith. Having been invited to participate in its lecture series soon after I became Bishop of Leeds, I strongly commend it.”

Meet the Team

Linda Boon

Linda is currently Associate Vicar (SSM) within the United Benefice of Bishop Thornton, Burnt Yates, Markington, Ripley and South Stainley. Her whole career has been within education – first as a secondary school teacher, then 20 years in adult and community education, nine years in police education and for the last three years she has been Pastoral Tutor at St Hild College, a theological training institution for trainee vicars/ministers. She hopes to continue her involvement in education until she drops because the Christian faith is a continual process of ‘renewing of your mind’ through lifelong learning.

Alan Garrow

Alan Garrow is Vicar of St Peter’s Harrogate and an Honorary Academic in the Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. He has published widely in the field of New Testament studies and has a particular interest in how the New Testament texts were used in early Christian worship

Tim Hurren

Served on the clergy team at St Peter’’s, Harrogate from 2002 to 2018 but previously had a variety of secular occupations including financial services, management training, environmental action and conference centre management. Wide and varied experience of involvement in the voluntary sector and politics over many decades.

Stella Pilling

Stella Pilling worships at St Peter’s, Harrogate, where she was a member of the choir for many years. A qualified librarian, linguist and proof-reader, she is fascinated by words and languages.

Geoffrey Turner

Geoffrey Turner is an associate minister at Christ Church, Harrogate. He has been Vicar of various Anglican parishes from urban priority areas to leafy suburbs. Before that he was an industrial chemist and has a PhD in Chemical Spectroscopy.

David Bolton

David hails from Northern Ireland and is a man on a spiritual journey. Growing up in the ‘troubles’ he saw the best and worst of human nature displayed around him on a regular basis. After those turbulent times he met his wife-to-be in London and eloped with her to Ghent (Belgium) to study academically and pursue deeper thoughts. He completed a PhD at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) on the theological question of supersessionism between Christianity and Judaism. He is currently the pastor at Mowbray Community Church, Harrogate, where he has a passion for exploring the endless riches of God’s grace and serving the town in practical ways.

Brian Hunt

Ordained in Bradford in 1980, Brian has been Minister of St Paul’s United Reformed Church, Harrogate since 2002 when he left Northern Ireland, where for seventeen years he had been Minister of three Presbyterian congregations in rural Co Fermanagh on the border with the Republic of Ireland. He studied at Oxford and Durham where he specialised in Semitic languages, including Syriac and Aramaic. He took the opportunity of working for a Master’s degree from Queen’s University, Belfast, to research anti-clericalism.

Tim and Ruth Cundy

Ruth and Tim Cundy are long-time members of St Mark’s, Harrogate where they are both Readers. Ruth has retired from teaching music and has a heart for worship that embraces a breadth of traditions. Tim, formerly a maths teacher, has practical responsibilities in building maintenance.

Maggie Gee

Maggie is Senior Pastor at Harrogate Vineyard Church, and also Head of Religious Studies at St Aidan’s CE High School. She began her teaching career at Harrogate (Granby) High School after completing her Theology degree from Leeds University. She is married to Nik and they have three wonderful daughters.

Susan Hunter

Susan recently relocated from Winchester, where she was Hampshire Hub Director for Westminster Theological Centre, and was on the staff team at Christ Church.  She has a heart for nurturing intimacy in gathered worship, and seeing people dig deeper into the treasure of God’s Word.  Originally from the Lake District, Susan loves to head back to old stomping grounds such as Borrowdale.  Susan has studied Performing Arts in Popular Music, speaks conversational Spanish and worships at Harrogate Vineyard Church.