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Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

In 2010 the Bishop's Council agreed the following purpose for CMD:

The fundamental purpose of Continuing Ministerial Development is to equip and develop the Church’s ministers in order that they may stimulate and enable the whole Church to participate more fully in worship and in the mission of God in the world.

We seek to do this is a number of ways, and details of how we work can be found in these pages.

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CMD Staff

The staff of the CMD Department of the diocese work under the direction of the Canon Dr Roger Matthews, Director for Mission and Ministry. Each of the Episcopal Areas has an Adviser and there is also a CMD Administrator based in our Diocesan Offices who will try to help or redirect you on any CMD matter. We also each have diocesan wide responsibility for the learning of curates and on going training of all clergy and Readers after that first phase of their ministry.

Our aim is to assist all clergy and Readers in the diocese to develop the habit of lifelong learning.  We recently changed the 'E' for Education in our Team's name to 'D' for Development reflecting national changes.

Revd Canon Dr Graham HamborgRevd Canon Dr Graham Hamborg

Ordained Ministry Development Adviser, CMD team leader, adviser for the Bradwell Episcopal Area, director of  curate training program.

Graham was ordained in 1977. After a curacy in Birmingham he was a team vicar in Slough, and then vicar of Twyford, Berkshire. As an incumbent in the Oxford Diocese he served on Diocesan Synod, Bishop’s Council, and the diocesan Board of Training, and was Area Dean of the Sonning Deanery.  He took up his current post in September 2004. He has a specialist interest in Old Testament studies, and has recently completed a part-time PhD on the book of Amos at Nottingham University.

Contact details

The Rectory, Colam Lane, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 4SY

Tel: 01245 227418
E-mail: revghamborg@hotmail.com


Revd Jill Mowbray

Revd Jill Mowbray

Barking CMD Adviser & Adviser for Life Long Learning 

CMD Adviser for the Barking Area, and responsibility for all post-curacy CME across the diocese.

Jill has a background in adult education and lay development, having worked in schools, as a Tutor-Counsellor for the Open University and for ten years in the Stepney Area of London Diocese in Parish Ministry Development. She has been a spiritual director and has interests in groupwork and consultancy to individuals and teams. Jill is part of the Barking Area Staff team, and is the CMD link person with Eastern Region dioceses and London Diocese for all post-curacy CMD.  

Find out more about Continuing Ministerial Development and Jill's role in the Barking Area

Contact details

Tel: 020 8281 2574
Mobile: 07590 929953
E-mail revjillmowbray@googlemail.com


Revd Jill Mowbray

Revd Canon Alex Summers

Barking Assistant CMD Adviser (0.5 with focus on SSM curates, ESL and Advanced study)

Ordained in 2009, Alex has a background in primary school teaching.  Since ordination he has served in Chingford, Walthamstow, and most recently as Area Dean of Waltham Forest. He is also vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Walthamstow.  Alex delights in the variety and rich diversity of ministering in East London. He has a long-standing interest in history, politics and social justice issues with a particular focus on the Middle East.  He has a passion for teaching and accompanying others on their learning journey.   

Contact details

Tel: 020 8509 3895
E-mail asummers@chelmsford.anglican.org


Revd Geoff ReadRevd Geoff Read

Colchester Episcopal Area CMD Adviser & Adviser with responsibility for Clergy Wellbeing and Ministerial Development Review (MDR)

Revd Geoff Read is Colchester Episcopal Area CMD Adviser and supports the formation and development of Mission and Ministry Unit leaders and teams throughout the Diocese. He also has oversight of Diocesan provision of clergy wellbeing initiatives and Ministerial Development Review.

Geoff took up this post in October 2013. His background is over twenty five years in parish ministry in the Diocese of Guildford (curate, team vicar and team rector in a market town and outer estate) and then as Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Basel, Switzerland in the Diocese in Europe. During this time he also developed experience in community development and as a training incumbent.

Geoff’s passion is to help people and groups to develop their full potential in Christ. In this role he supports curates and other clergy in their professional and vocational life-long learning in the Colchester Area.  He has studied and written on clergy wellbeing (“Ministry Burnout”, Grove P120) and recently completed a MA in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry from York St John.

Contact details

The Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AT
Tel: 01245 294 453
E-mail gread@chelmsford.anglican.org


Sue DenhamSue Denham

CMD Administrator

Sue Denham works to support the CMD Advisers, undertaking the administrative and organisational work which goes on behind the scenes. Sue is the person who ensures payment of grants once the CMD Advisers have approved a grant application. If one or all of the Advisers are out of the office teaching on a course, Sue can often give advice.

Contact details

Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1AT
Tel: 01245 294450
E-mail: Sue Denham


For more information please contact Jill Mowbray
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