Rev Martin Stokley, Dip. Couns Dip. Theol BSc(Hons) MA MSc DPhil
Tutor in Practical Theology and Director of Lay Training

Martin Stokley was born in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire and became a Christian after attending the Sunday school of the local Methodist church from an early age. Studying at the University of Portsmouth he gained a BSc (Hons) Physics followed by a PhD in Quantum Physics. During his time at university he joined the local Baptist church and began to explore a call to Baptist ministry.

Martin trained for ministry at Spurgeon’s College from 2002 to 2005. During this time he was the Minister in Training at Shrublands Christian Fellowship, Croydon. After leaving college he then spent five years pastoring a Baptist church in Southport, Merseyside.

Martin’s main interest lies in how theology, pastoral care and counselling all interact. In 2010 Martin returned to Spurgeon’s to complete a Masters in Advanced Christian Studies and a counselling diploma. Martin then went on to complete a Masters in Therapeutic Counselling at the University of Greenwich in the summer of 2018. He is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Alongside his work at Spurgeon’s Martin practices as  a counsellor at a local counselling agency.

Martin is a Part-time Lecturer of Spurgeon’s College. In October 2014 he became the Course Director of Equipped to Minister. From September 2018 Martin has been known as the Director of Lay Training at the College.

Martin is married to Helen Stokley who also happens to be the Director of Operations of Spurgeon’s College!