Training Team

The King’s Training Team is one of the most qualified and experienced groups of in-house trainers in any local Church in the country.

Mark Bonnington BSc BA PhD

Senior Leader and New Testament Tutor

Mark studied Maths and then Theology before moving to Durham in 1995. He has taught New Testament in Durham and Leeds and been Senior Leader at Kings since 2001. Mark teaches New Testament theology on the Internship and Ministry Training Programme. He is married to Ruth, a GP in Gateshead, and their three children are around University age. In his spare time he builds stuff and swims.

Katherine Jacklin BA PGCE MA

Pastoral Coordinator

Katherine is a Durham theology graduate who has worked as an RE teacher and school chaplain, and has recently completed an MA in Theology and Ministry. She is the Pastoral Coordinator for Kings, oversees the Ministry Training Programme and has been on the church Leadership Team since 2007. Katherine is married to Seymour and they enjoy life with their labrador in Ushaw Moor.

Stephen Harris BA

Training Coordinator

Stephen studied International History at the LSE in London and then went to Istanbul to teach English. He came back to London in 2001 and studied a Christian leadership course and then stayed working for a charity and later a university.  In 2010 he moved to Izmir in Turkey and served there on the leadership team of a Turkish church until moving to Durham in 2017.  He is currently studying for an MA in Theology and Ministry at Cranmer Hall and is married to Akkelin, father to 3 kids.

Becca Hicks BSc MA

Community and Internship Coordinator

Becca came to Durham as an undergraduate in 2002. With a background in the Civil Service and the voluntary sector, she joined the Kings staff team in 2012 and now coordinates the Internship Programme. She loves playing netball, organising things, going on exciting adventures with friends, and building community in her neighbourhood.

Ruth Perrin BA MA PhD

Associate Staff Member and Leadership and Pastoral Studies Tutor

Ruth was on staff at Kings from 2006 to 2013 and continues as an associate staff member. She has an MA in Theology and Ministry and is working on a PhD, studying how ‘Generation Y’ read the Bible. She has over 15 years of experience in mission, discipleship and Bible teaching, and now teaches Leadership and Pastoral Studies on the Internship Programme. She enjoys movies, gardening and loves travelling.

Other members of the Church are involved in the training programme as School of Theology tutors.