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Ordinary Christians, extraordinary times

Green Christian People

Almost all of Green Christian’s work is carried out unpaid. The key people are the trustees who oversee the organisation and make decisions about how it is run and the projects that are carried out.

The work of Green Christian is divided into eight groups:

In addition to the trustees a committed group of members help on a regular basis with membership administration, distribution of resources, proof reading, updating the website and prayer diary.  

Other members contribute by helping produce material for topic leaflets; by organising events; by taking Green Christian display posters and leaflets to local events and national events such as Greenbelt; and in many other ways. We always welcome offers of help. Please email

Green Christian Trustees

George Dow (Green Christian Co-Chair, Formation Group Convenor and Way of Life Co-ordinator)
George lives in Penzance, Cornwall and, having spent most of his life in London working in HR, has now embraced a retirement of sorts! Active in his local church, which is working towards a Green Church Kernow gold award, George also enjoys walking on the Penwith moors, landscape painting and writing poems & songs.

Deborah Tomkins (Green Christian Co-Chair, Storm of Hope commissioning editor)

Deborah grows organic food in her city garden, and writes about climate and sustainability. She supports local initiatives such as food and transport, and is involved with her local Diocesan Environmental Group. She lives with her family in Bristol, where she runs Bristol Climate Writers.

Barbara Echlin (Green Christian Vice-Chair, Administration Group Convenor)
Barbara lives on the south coast where she helps tend an organic fruit and vegetable garden and enjoys cooking and preserving the produce. She is actively involved with the local UNA and Global Justice Now, Bexhill and Rother District environmental groups and worships at the Saxon foundation parish church.

Andii Bowsher

Andii works as a chaplain at a university in northeast England and is ordained in the Church of England. “Since teenage years, I’ve been concerned that humanity as a whole is not living within our ecological means and I’ve become increasingly frustrated that the way that systems of provisioning are set up makes it hard for us to address that without concerted actions. My awakening into Christian faith came in part via an understanding that we need to address the greed and short-sightedness of the human heart to be good planetary neighbours. I’m currently interested in how we give expression liturgically and ritually to our lament for the earth and how we pray – including bodily – for environmental healing and the collective repentance that is needed -and speedily.”

Andrew Norman (Green Christian co-chaplain)

Andrew is happily sustained by family life, music, reading and the Devon countryside. He is both an Anglican priest and a Quaker, working as a therapist in counselling. As a Companion of Julian of Norwich his hope for the world is in the Love that holds all things.

Ashley Ralston
Before he retired in 2003, Ashley was a chemical and plant engineer working in the pharmaceutical industry. Since then he has been a director of Community Interest Group on Waste Prevention in West Sussex. He is currently Chair of Social Action Commission for Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and Chair of National Justice Peace Network Environment group. He has been active in Justice and Peace for 35 years .

Eleanor Orr (GC Treasurer)
Accountant – working for Christian Medical Fellowship.
Lives in Inner London
Cycle commuter

Isobel Murdoch (Local Groups coordinator)

Isobel is a freelance writer and has recently set up Medley, an initiative exploring art, music and nature’s impacts on health and wellbeing. She enjoys drawing and painting and walking in the countryside 

John Payne (Joy in Enough co-ordinator)
Worked as a development project manager and country lead for the British Council in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East witnessing some of the impact climate change is having on the vulnerable poor. He is a grandfather, Churchwarden, Chair of Governors of the village school, trustee of a small village community organisation focusing on sustainability, and is mad about the operas of Richard Wagner.

Jules Robinson

Jules is passionate about faith and creation care and has worked in journalism and creative communications for national and international media, wildlife and conservation charities for over 30 years. She also works in a voluntary capacity for various faith outreach and greening initiatives, serves in her local church, writes a monthly ‘Nature’ article for her parish magazine, hosts a website and is further kept on her toes by a flock of the ‘woolly’ variety!

Paul Bodenham (Borrowed Time Co-ordinator)
Paul is the officer for social concern for the (Roman Catholic) Diocese of Nottingham.  Prior to that he worked for 30 years in local and regional policy with councils and public bodies.  He is a member of a lay Franciscan community, and was Chair of Green Christian from 2004 until 2019 .

Tim Cooper.
Tim was one of the founder members of Green Christian, in 1982, its first National Co-ordinator and is a former Chairman. His first book, Green Christianity, was published in 1990. Currently he is a professor at Nottingham Trent University. He is married with three (grown up) daughters, keeps chickens, and occasionally runs half marathons for the charity Action for ME.

Other important people

Ruth Jarman (Information Officer)
Ruth, a previous member of the old Steering Committee is now our Info Officer. Ruth is also a member of Christian Climate Action and Admin Officer for Operation Noah, which she helped Paul Bodenham set up in 2004.

Membership Secretary: Richard Kierton

Assists Nicky at the allotment, sings Bass in a church choir, his tastes in music are diverse. A lover of cricket, railway enthusiast and rambler, & continuing to research his family history.

Editorial Team, Green Christian Magazine

Clare Redfern (Commissioning Editor)

Clare has been Commissioning editor of Green Christian magazine since 2015. In the past she has been a doctor, school dinner lady, piano teacher and researcher. She likes gardening, walking (this photo is above the Wye Valley) and playing music.

Rev Dr Frances Ward is author of Like There’s No Tomorrow: Climate crisis, eco-anxiety and God (Sacristy Press).  Frankie (as she is usually known) is a freelance theologian, researcher and writer, preacher, speaker and teacher. Having been Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk, she moved with her husband to Workington, Cumbria in 2018 where she is half-time Priest in Charge of two churches.  

Tanya Jones (book review editor)

Tanya lives in Dundee where she is researching for a PhD on the application of restorative justice to climate injustice, and is active in the Scottish Green Party, XR and as a Quaker attender.  She has written several novels, and books about chess, and now writes occasional short, mostly utopian, short stories and blog posts on Before coming to Scotland she was deputy leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland and has worked as a solicitor in Yorkshire and teacher in Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

Prayer Guide

Hi, I’m Emma, and I compile and send out the monthly prayer guide. I live in Leeds, am married and have a primary school aged daughter. I am part of a Baptist church and work as it’s administrator. I play the clarinet in a concert band, and like doing puzzles and reading.

Website Team: Judith Allinson (Web Editor), Paul Strickland (Web Administrator), Ruth Jarman, Barbara Echlin


Registered information

Charity Number : 328744
Company Number : 2445198
Registered Office : 35 Kitto Road, London SE14 5TW
(All general correspondence should go to Green Christian, 10 Kiln Gardens, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire RG27 8RG.)
Green Christian is a registered trading name of Christian Ecology Link