Green Christian People
Almost all of Green Christian’s work is carried out unpaid. The key people are the nine 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 five groups:
- the Formation Group (who are also responsible for the Way of Life Community);
- the Participation Group;
- the Administration Group;
- the Media Group (including magazine, printed media, website, and social media teams);
- the Joy in Enough Co-ordination Group.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Andrew Norman (Green Christian co-chaplain)
Andrew is happily sustained by family life, poetry, mindfulness, the richness of the catholic faith, and the Devon countryside. He is an Anglican priest, spiritual accompanier and qualified counsellor. As a Companion of Julian of Norwich his hope for the world is in the Love that holds all things.
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
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.
Louise lives in South London with a husband and three sons. She has a maths degree but has always worked in communications. She is passionate about encouraging more people to take action to protect the environment. Louise enjoys growing tomatoes and making candles and she plays the viola.
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 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.
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
- Rt. Revd. James Jones, former bishop of Liverpool
- Fr. Sean McDonagh, Columban priest and eco-theologian
- Jonathon Porritt, writer and founder of Forum for the Future
- Prof. Sir Ghillean Prance, botanist and ecologist
- Dr. Elaine Storkey, philosopher, sociologist and theologian
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