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Rev. Dr Martin Robinson

Martin was born in India of missionary parents and then brought up in Scotland where his father was a church planter. In his early 20’s Martin trained for the ministry and his first church was inner city Birmingham. That multi-ethnic congregation engaged in church planting and Martin together with his wife Lynda went to lead one of those church plants. After 13 years in local ministry, Martin went to work for the Bible Society in a variety of roles. In his role as Director of Mission and Theology and since then, Martin has written many books on the broad theme of mission, including Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space. Martin has a blog called Café Vista which you can follow here

Robert Stradling
Vice Principal

Bob qualified as an accountant before moving into the world of Higher Education. He has worked at Sunderland University and Durham University and is still a Visting Fellow at Durham Business School. His most recent appointment before joining Springdale College:Together in Mission in September 2010 was as the Head of School for Business and Creative Industries at Inverness College UHI. Whilst in Sunderland he was part of the leadership team at a Baptist Church in the city centre. He graduated with an MA in Missional Leadership in 2009.

Dr. Richard Roberts
MA Programme Director

Richard has 25 years experience of rural church leadership and he and his wife are currently church planting in Dorset. He started working life as a GP and then moved into psychotherapy, which he practiced part-time,  alongside leading a church, until 2000. Richard has had many years experience of training people in the church, the NHS and in other contexts. He has an MA in Theology and an MSc in Counselling, Supervision and Training.

Rev. Dr Andrew Hardy
Undergraduate Programme Leader

Andy is an ordained minister and completed his doctorate in 2009 on “A Theology of Spiritual Formation and Prophetic Ministry.” He also has masters degrees in Counselling and Missiology and Evangelism. He joined the team here at Springdale College: Together in Mission in September 2010.

Rev. Dan Yarnell
Lecturer, Undergraduate Year 3 Leader

Dan lectures at Springdale College: Together in Mission as well as being the National Coordinator of the Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Great Britain and Ireland. He has a Masters degree in New Testament Theology from Lincoln Christian College, Illinois.

David Gidney
Lecturer, Undergraduate Year 1 Leader

Dave has been a church planter, city missionary, pastored three churches, been head of Old Testament at a Bible College, been an itinerant, and then a church based children’s worker, and has been involved in training children’s workers nationally. As a father of three, and grandparent too, Dave has written several books in the areas of family, parenting, and the Bible.

Dave Gidney
Andy Vail
Lecturer, Undergraduate Year 2 Leader

Andy lectures in Church History at Springdale College: Together in Mission as well as being the National Administrator of the Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Great Britain and Ireland. He has a BA (Hons) degree in Modern History from the University of East Anglia and is currently completing a PhD in Church History at the University of Birmingham.

Andy Vail
Ash Barker
Visiting Lecturer

We are delighted to announce that Dr Ash Barker will be joining the faculty here at Springdale College in August 2014 to help set up a new centre focusing on Urban Life and Ministry. Ash and Anji Barker and their children have lived in Klong Toey, the largest slum in Bangkok since early 2002 as part of their ministry with Urban Neighbours Of Hope ( Ash is the founding director of UNOH and more recently has become the Convener of the ‘International Society for Urban Mission’ ( An inspiring speaker and lecturer, Ash is the author of seven books including ‘Make Poverty Personal’ and ‘Slum Life Rising’. He completed his PhD addressing a Christian response to the rise of slums. The Barkers will continue to live on faith support and if you would like to join with them in prayer or financially please go to Ash’s website

Ash Barker