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Training and Development Officer
After working with the Church of Scotland for twenty years following ordination in 1983, and five years as full-time ecumenical chaplain at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, Mike moved to Wales in January 2009 to take up the post of Training and Development Officer for the Presbyterian Church of Wales with Northern Presbytery. Whilst with the Church of Scotland, Mike had spells working in broadcasting as a producer of religious programmes for radio, as a college and prison tutor and latterly as a community and NHS healthcare chaplain. A graduate of Edinburgh University where he won the Natural Theology Prize and gained a ‘first’ in Systematic Theology after working with a Carmelite priest on the theology of Gabriel Marcel, Mike returned to Edinburgh to study, where his thesis on “Spirituality and Ethics in the Work of Arthur Koestler, 1937-1959” was awarded a Ph.D. in 1997, before going on to further postgraduate study in the School of Healthcare at Leeds University. Mike has published widely in theological and healthcare journals and has been the editor of the Journal of Chaplaincy in Further Education since its launch. As well as being in charge of a degree programme in Psychological Studies at Grimsby Institute, Mike started the “Starfish Project” in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami, giving students the opportunity to help with partners in India in the regeneration of fishing villages in Tamil Nadu. A frequent visitor to Asia, he was guest preacher at the Christian Medical College, Vellore for the Holy Week services in 2004, which Mike followed up by the publication of the book Black Rooks in Rainy Weather. Mike was co-producer, with Sean Atkinson, of the "All Faiths and None" DVD and writes a weekly blog for the AFAN website. In his spare time he enjoys opera and is a member of Lancashire Cricket Club.