The Team



I am the Principal at St Padarn’s, which means I lead the community, I set its direction and structures, and I am its primary ‘public face’ to the Church in Wales, and the wider community. I have a particular passion for the community’s spirituality, and its focus on formation and mission. I have an academic expertise in New Testament, which I love to teach, alongside broader issues in leadership and ministry. Most recently I was the vicar of deprived urban community near Liverpool.

Contact: jeremy.duff@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Susan Blagden

St Padarn’s Tutor in Bangor
Susan takes a primary role in teaching Pastoral Theology. She is a member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology having obtained her MA in Pastoral Theology in 2005. Her pastoral skills were honed through years of being on the front line as a hospital chaplain in a major trauma centre, as well as through training/supervising ordinands and chaplaincy volunteers. Susan is working with 3D Coaching towards accreditation as a coach. She provides Coaching in Transition, Action Learning Sets, and Transforming Conversations. These skills are equipping people to be more effective in ministry. Susan is an Oblate of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage, a trained Spiritual Director and part of the Diocesan College of Spiritual Direction.  This links very directly with her oversight of the Formational Cells within St Padarn's.

Contact: susan.blagden@stpadarns.ac.uk

Patricia Coward

Contact: patricia.coward@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Julie Davies

St Padarn’s Tutor in Llandaff

Contact: julie.davies@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Lyn Davies

Lyn Davies is Programme Administrator at St Padarn’s and works closely with the Director of Formation for Licenced Ministry. A post she has held since June 2014. Prior to that Lyn worked for the Department for Work and Pensions and latterly the Cabinet Office in a career that spanned more than 25 years. She received her BA in English from the University of Glamorgan whilst working and raising a young family. When not glued to a computer screen you can find her in one of her volunteer roles at Llandaff Cathedral or local athletics club. Lyn enjoys walking and baking and spending time with her family.

Contact: lyn.davies@stpadarns.ac.uk

Kathryn Delderfield

Director of Operations

Contact: kathryndelderfield@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Librarian and Information Officer

I have supported those training for ministry in the Church in Wales through library and information services since 1999, in a role that has developed and changed along with the needs of those using the information services. After a degree in Theology (1988), from what was then St David’s University College, Lampeter (now UW Trinity St David’s), I completed a post graduate qualification in teaching (P.G.C.E. 4-12 yrs) (1989), and spent the next 5 years as a classroom teacher, first in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and then as a supply teacher in various schools in and around Mold in North Wales. Later I completed a Masters in Library and Information Services at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (2007), via distance learning.

Contact: anna.williams@stpadarns.ac.uk

Tina Franklin

I have worked at St Michaels College/St Padarns Institute for 17 years.  I started working originally on the Housekeeping Team, then transferring to reception and as administrator for the MTh in Chaplaincy Studies along with what was then SWOC (South Wales Ordination Course).  Further down the line I became the administrator for the MTh in Chaplaincy Studies and the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies.  Since last year, I am also now the Administration for Postgraduate Studies, Chaplaincy and Research.  

Contact: tina.franklin@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Mark Griffiths

Tutor in Missional Research
Mark was Head of Children and Family Ministry for 13 years and then went on to develop “Where Adventure Begins” and “Family Time”, initiatives to help parents communicate faith to their children. He has worked for several local churches holding positions from children’s pastor and associate pastor to senior minister. He has written 8 books primarily on family ministry and its links to church growth and has spoken at many of the countries theological colleges. He has worked with a wide mix of denominations and has spoken at many churches and conferences nationally and internationally. His PhD is in church growth and child evangelism.

Contact: markgriffiths@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Richard Hainsworth

St Padarn’s Tutor in St Asaph
I was born near Hull in 1979, moving to Wales (near Pennant Melangell) at the age of 12, and educated at Llanfyllin High School, Jesus College Cambridge (MA in Science and Theology) and St Michael's College Llandaff.  I completed a PhD on the work of American Eco-feminist Sallie McFague in 2013. I have worked as a carer for adults with learning difficulties and as a pastoral assistant and then Lay Chaplain to St Asaph Cathedral. I was ordained in 2006 and served my Curacy in the Newtown group of Parishes, then becoming firstly Curate in Charge (2008) and then Vicar (2009) of St Margaret's Wrexham, and also St James in 2012. I have been Vicar of Northop and Northop Hall since 2014 I am married to Laura, a teacher, and our first child, Jacob, was born in 2014. I am also a photographer, and my images have been published, exhibited or awarded in over 30 countries.

Contact: richard.hainsworth@stpadarns.ac.uk

Dr Jordan Hillebert

Tutor of Theology and Residentiary Tutor
I am the Tutor in Residence and Tutor in Theology at St Padarn’s. As well as teaching and supervising in the areas of Christian theology and ethics, I oversee the training and formation of all full-time candidates for ordained ministry at the St Michael’s Centre. My research interests lie broadly in the areas of systematic theology and modern Christian thought, with recent publications devoted in particular to the theology of Henri de Lubac (1896-1991). An ordained priest in the Church in Wales, I serve as Assistant Curate in the parish of Christ Church, Roath Park.  

Contact: jordan.hillebert@stpadarns.ac.uk

Rhiannon Johnson

St Padarn’s Tutor in St David’s

Contact: rhiannon.johnson@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Gareth Longden

Gareth is the Registrar at St Padarn’s and works with our university partners to ensure the quality and standards of our programmes. Gareth has previously worked at the University of Trinity St David and Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden. His research interests are in organised non-belief, secularism, and the psychological characteristics of religious and irreligious communities.  

Contact: gareth.longden@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Glen Lunn

St Padarn’s Tutor in St Asaph
I share the role of St Padarn’s tutor for St Asaph. Originally from Australia, I read maths and physics then theology at Murdoch university. Together with my wife, and eventually four children, I have spent 12 years working alongside churches in poorer parts of Africa undertaking developmental work and training. Most recently our family’s spent 5 year involved in ministerial training at the United Church of Zambia theological college in Kitwe. My most knowledgeable teaching  is New Testament interpretation, having done research on joy in the writings of Luke and ethics in John’s gospel.

Contact: Glen.Lund@stpadarns.ac.uk 

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Helen Rees

St Padarn’s Tutor in Swansea & Brecon
I work in St.Padarns as a tutor in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. I live in Swansea where I also serve as an NSM. I was ordained in 2009 and prior to this I worked as a theology tutor and marker for three Welsh Universities, in addition to some community teaching and online for Spurgeons College London. My main subject areas are liturgy and New Testament. I really like reading, spending time with my family and watching rugby. I am chaplain to Ospreys Ladies and girls Under 18s rugby teams.

Contact: helen.rees2@stpadarns.ac.uk 

Charlie Shepherd

St Padarn’s Tutor in Monmouth

Contact: charlie.shepherd@stpadarns.ac.uk

Helen Shepherd

Tutor in Pioneer Ministry

Contact: helen.shepherd@stpadarns.ac.uk

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Holly Terrington

I pursued a variety of jobs and courses before beginning as Part-Time Library Assistant in July 2016, but I’ve always loved books. I’m interested in how technology can enable us to make resources more accessible and available to more people. My degree was in Fine Art and outside of my time at St Padarn’s I continue to explore my creative interests. 

Contact: holly.terrington@stpadarns.ac.uk