College News

Appointment of Director of Ministerial Formation & Training

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Rev’d Simon Jones to this senior role at Spurgeon’s College. Simon has an MA in New Testament Studies and BA(Hons) first class in Theology. Initially with a background in journalism, since 2003 Simon has been ministry team leader at Bromley Baptist Church and from 2010 an associate (part-time) tutor in New Testament at Spurgeon’s College. Previously he worked for BMS World Mission as Co-ordinator for the South East, and was editor of Christianity magazine and minister of Peckham Park Baptist Church.

Simon brings to the role broad and extensive experience of pastoral ministry, leadership and ministerial formation. To this he adds his academic background and experience as a highly respected associate tutor. Simon has a passion for ministerial formation and in particular equipping students to engage with the reality of ministry today and as it is being shaped by changes in society.

Over the past two years Simon has pioneered work among refugees in Calais and London, with colleagues forming a group called Peaceful Borders, taking a number of students from College to share the work with him and reflect on it as part of their formation. He hopes to continue and even extend this engagement in his new role. Simon also led an employment and regeneration charity in Peckham, exploring how churches can make a significant impact on the communities in which they are situated.

Simon is married to Linda and they live in Peckham. He is due to take up the role on 01 September, on the same date as our new Principal Rev’d Prof Philip McCormack.

On being appointed Simon commented ‘This is an exciting role that will enable me to build on the reputation Spurgeon’s already has in forming ministers and mission practitioners for an increasingly challenging world.  I am looking forward to working with a great team of colleagues to ensure that we can tailor our training to meet the needs of every student who comes to us in a way that will help them to further the work of God’s Kingdom.’