Training Team

The Kings 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; 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 they have three grown-up children. In his spare time he builds stuff and swims.

Chris Rousell

Training and Evangelism; School of Theology Coordinator 

Chris first moved to Durham from Surrey in 2013 to study Biomedical Science, before going on to do the Kings Internship and Ministry Training Programme. After a brief stint as the Student Worker at The Belfrey in York, Chris did an MA in Theology and Ministry at Cranmer Hall and has now returned to Kings to assist in teaching and evangelism. Chris is married to Philippa, who works as a Policy Manager for Changing Lives. In his spare time, Chris enjoys reading, watching sport, and extolling the joys of the North to his southern family members

Katherine Jacklin

Pastoral Coordinator; Ministry Training Programme Coordinator

Katherine is a Durham theology graduate, who joined the leadership team in 2007. She has worked for many years as an RE teacher and school chaplain but joined our staff team in 2010 and coordinates our pastoral ministries and the Ministry Training Programme. She is married to Seymour, who can be heard playing harmonicas or whistles in worship or ceilidh bands!

Ruth Perrin

Associate Staff Member; 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 has recently completed 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.