The Reverend David Male is the Director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning in Cambridge. He is also Tutor in Pioneer Mission Training at Westcott House and Ridley Hall,Cambridge while also being Fresh Expressions Adviser for Ely Diocese.

Before coming to Ridley David was for seven years Vicar of the Net Church, Huddersfield. This ‘network type’ church, which he started with a small team, was one of the pioneers of fresh expressions in this country, and is the first church mentioned in the Mission Shaped Church report.

He is an Associate Missioner of the Fresh Expressions team and co- Leader of the Mission Shaped Ministry Course for Cambridge and Suffolk. He has also been regularly working in Australia and the USA helping to develop new churches in these countries. David is Guest Lecturer for the Global Missional Leadership DMin through George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is a member of the Church of England’s College of Evangelists .

He has a real desire to develop and support pioneers. He is part of the group which has developed an national annual conference for pioneers. He is involved in training, supporting and mentoring pioneers and writing for and about pioneers.

David is passionate about creating communities that connect with unchurched people and helping to create the leaders to enable this to happen.

His book Church Unplugged: Remodelling Church without losing your soul (Authentic Books) looks at how to create a new church through ten essentials that create an indispensable framework for church planting today.

His blog is at

Married to Heather, they have 3 children, Jenny, Holly and Callum. He loves playing and watching most sports which involve a ball and no water! He is an avid Huddersfield Town fan. His other interests include the media, films and eating!

The Revd Canon Dr Adrian Chatfield is an Associate of the Centre for Pioneer Learning and Director of the Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life, and Co-ordinator of the Pioneer Ministry (Mixed-Mode) Training Project. He has recently been appointed to the Fresh Expressions national team with a responsibility for prayer and spirituality.

He was commissioned by the Centre for Anglican Communion Studies to produce a Distance-Learning course in global Anglicanism, which is used widely in the UK, the Diocese of Europe and in the Two-Thirds World to help Anglicans to understand better their ecclesial context in contemporary cultural settings. It has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili, and is currently being translated into Korean. His special ‘Anglican passion’ is to help the church to understand that the patterns and rhythms and forms that we have inherited can be a blessing and not a straitjacket, but must not be used to control or determine the church’s mission.

Adrian was born in Trinidad, and brought up there and in Brazil. After training for ministry at Mirfield, he worked in parish ministry for 15 years in Trinidad and Devon. For the last 19 years, he has been a theological educator in Nottingham, Johannesburg and Oxford, while continuing in non-stipendiary parish ministry. He is married to Jill, with 2 children, 4 granddaughters, and a passion for cycling and hill walking.

Adrian has written many distance learning programmes, and authored Something in Common, an introduction to Anglicanism. This came out in its 2nd edition in 2007, and has been translated by TEAC [Theological Education in the Anglican Communion] into Spanish, French, Portuguese and Swahili as a resource for Lambeth 2008 and beyond. He has most recently acted as Consultant to the Editor of The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality, produced as a resource for the 2008 Lambeth Conference and published by SPCK. He is currently writing two chapters, on Worship and Spirituality, for a new book being commissioned on Pioneer Ministry, and a distance learning Certificate level overview of Church History.


 Nicky Redsell is the Operations Manager for the Centre. She is also involved with the Simeon Centre at Ridley Hall. She is a qualified teacher and musician who has worked for 20 years in primary schools in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and as a private piano teacher. She also teaches and leads in various music and worship contexts for churches and dioceses.

Nicky is currently involved in the life of a group of churches in villages to the west of Cambridge, where her husband Corin is part of the leadership team, as the team curate.