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.

You will find links to:

CMD Staff

The staff of the CMD Department of the diocese work within the Training Team, who are in turn part of the department of Mission and Ministry, under the leadership of the Dean of Mission, Ministry and Education, Rob Merchant. 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 LLMs after that first phase of their ministry.

Our aim is to assist all clergy and LLMs 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. We work closely with Elizabeth Jordan, who has responsibility for LLMs in training and leadership development, including the Chelmsford Christian Leadership Programme, and Caroline Harding the Lay Ministry Adviser.

     Revd Canon Andy Griffiths

      CMD Adviser for the Bradwell Episcopal Area

      Co-ordinator of IME 2 (training curates and other new ministers) and of the Training Team


Andy Griffiths has been coordinator for curate training and Bradwell Area CMD advisor since October 2017.  Previously, he was Director of Studies for a theological college in Hungary, was an incumbent for 12 years (including supervising three curates) and served as Area Dean for 10 years.

He has written on church merger, the Moravian movement, formation, incumbency and the contribution of schools to ministerial formation, is a passionate believer in community organising, and has an interest in new monastic initiatives. His lockdown projects included this set of conversations and this set of podcasts.

Contact details

 Tel: 07976 673087

Revd Jill Mowbray

Revd Jill Mowbray

Barking CMD Adviser, Adviser for Life Long Learning & Adviser with responsibility for Clergy Wellbeing and Ministerial Development Review (MDR)

CMD Adviser for the Barking Area, and responsibility for clergy wellbeing 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

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


Revd Canon Ian Hilton

Colchester Episcopal Area CMD Adviser & and with particular responsibility for post-curacy CMD across the diocese.

Ian took up this post in May 2018. His background is ten years in parish ministry in the Diocese of Southwell (curate, team vicar church planting in an outer estate) and then twenty years as Rector of a parish in Colchester here in Chelmsford Diocese.  During this time he also developed experience as a training incumbent, an Area Dean and held various Diocesan and community responsibilities.

Ian has a particular interest in pioneer ministry in all its forms. He continues to be involved in the development of the Colchester Pioneer Hub and will be seeking to develop support for those on Pioneer training pathways.

Ian loves walking having completed the Coast to Coast, Offa’s Dyke and the Cumbrian Way in recent years.

Contact details

Tel: t: 01245 294453 m: 07813 538926


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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