This is the blog for the Free Church Missional Leadership Track at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham University. We are devoted to the ongoing discussions concerning missional leadership in the North East of England. Our list of Contributors will be growing as the Leadership Track takes shape next year. For now, the primary contributors will include Andy Byers, Calvin Samuel, and Roy Searle.

Please note: The views of each contributor are their own, and they may not always agree with one another on all issues involved—this Leadership Track is truly a collaborative venture! And the blog is a platform for healthy, robust discussions that will hopefully move us forward in the work and life of the Gospel.


Andy Byers

Andy serves as Free Church Tutor and Teaching Fellow at Cranmer Hall and as Chaplain to St Mary’s College, also a part of Durham University. He is the author of TheoMedia: The Media of God in the Digital Age (Cascade/Lutterworth: 2013/14) and Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint (IVP, 2011). He blogs at Hopeful Realism.

Andy holds degrees from Duke University (Th.M.), Beeson Divinity School (M.Div.), and recently completed his PhD in the Department of Theology at Durham. His thesis, “Johannine Theosis: The Fourth Gospel’s Narrative Ecclesiology of Participation and Deification,” explores the vision of Christian community in John’s Gospel. Alongside his academic work, Andy has spent twelve years in pastoral ministry.

He and his wife, Miranda, enjoy daily adventures with their four small children.




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