The School of Preachers has the objective of providing training in the development of preachers and the skills required for preaching and teaching.
The School of Preachers is committed to biblical Christianity, as reflected in the Evangelical Alliance Statement of faith, which is our basis of faith.
The School of Preachers seeks to promote the preaching ministry through example, coaching individual preachers and preaching teams, and through seminars, courses and written materials.
Training Director John Woods
John is married to Anne who is a nurse and they have three grown-up children and four grandchildren. He is an East Anglian, growing up there, becoming a Christian, and serving for fifteen years in his first pastorate at Beresford Road Evangelical Church in Lowestoft. From September 1997 until February 2020 John has been the pastor of Lancing Tabernacle in West Sussex. For more than a quarter of a century, John has also had close links with the Baltic state of Latvia, where he is involved in teaching preachers at the Latvian Biblical Centre, and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
John takes a keen interest in most sports (he is an Ipswich Town Supporter), contemporary music, films and literature. He is also an interested observer of the wider Christian scene and interested in maintaining creative links with other evangelical Christians. As a result of these reflections, he has written a book entitled Fly on the Fence which is published by OM Publishing. John also has undertaken study in the art of preaching, completing two post-graduate degrees in preaching at Spurgeon’s College, and has led preaching seminars and courses in the UK, Latvia, Kenya, Burundi and the US. In 2014 John had a chapter on preaching published in the book Text Message published by Pickwick Publications. John is currently working on a brief book on how to structure sermons.
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Mike retired in 2016 from a lifetime in engineering designing and developing hydraulic valves for aircraft, submarines and underwater vehicles, and offshore / onshore wellhead safety control systems. He founded his own valve manufacturing company in 1985 and was the technical director of a larger group of companies, following the merger of his own, until he retired. He is an elder and trustee of Bethel Evangelical Church, Otley, West Yorkshire.
Julian is Pastor of a small church in Moulsecoomb Brighton, has been on leadership since its inception in 1996 and became its leader in 2007. He is married to Georgie and has four grown-up daughters and three grandchildren. His passion is the gospel and making it known.
Roland is a Chartered Librarian who has spent most of his working life in the automotive industry, but now works for the NHS in a medical school Library. Originally from a Brethren background, he first attended Lancing
Tabernacle as a Sunday School pupil, and is now one of the Eldership team.
Susan worked as a speech and language therapist in the NHS for her entire professional life. Latterly she has specialised in training school staff to enable them to support children with a range of communication difficulties She was a church leader for many years in Suffolk.
Raymond trained as a chef in the army, which is where he became a Christian. Left the army in 1975. Came to Lancing Tabernacle in 1976 where he has continued to be a member and to spent time as a deacon. Joined the Post Office in 1979 and worked there for 38 years until retiring in 2017.