CTE staff come from a wide variety of church traditions and backgrounds. They work in a very flexible manner, to enable a broad spectrum of work areas to be covered.
The office at 27 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HH is generally open 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Rev Dr Paul Goodliff
Paul Goodliff grew up in an evangelical Anglican parish in Patcham, to the north of Brighton, and it was here that he came to faith. He trained for Baptist ministry at Spurgeon's College, and served for ten years as associate minister at Lewin Road Baptist Church before moving to Stevenage as minister of the Bunyan Baptist Church, and then the General Superintendent for the BUGB Central Area. He has also been a member of the WCC-Pentecostal Joint Consultative Group since 2000.
Before serving as the BUGB Head of Ministry, he was a moderator of the Baptist Union's Church Relations Committee. In 2009, Paul completed a doctorate in theology and ministry at King's College, London. He has written books on pastoral care; the theology and psychology of shame; and most recently, ministerial formation and virtue ethics, Shaped for Service (2017) and ecumenism and oversight, Episcope (SCM 2020).
Paul lives in Oxfordshire, is married to Gill, and they have three adult sons and a number of grandchildren. He is passionate about art and books, paints when he has time and enjoys travel throughout Europe.
Principal Officer for Intermediate Ecumenism, Governance Support and Resources
Jenny Bond is a Catholic lay woman and a trained Ignatian spiritual director.
Jenny is responsible for CTE's general resources, in particular those relating to intermediate (county) and local ecumenism. She is responsible for all events provided for Ecumenical Officers, including County Officer inductions and the annual training course, working with National Ecumenical Officers whose meetings she and the General Secretary service. Jenny is also responsible for CTE's Enabling Group, and for the Forum which is held every three to four years.
Jenny joined the CTE staff in May 2000 as Field Officer for the North and Midlands. In this role she forged strong relationships with Intermediate Bodies and County Ecumenical Officers and developed a wealth of knowledge about local and intermediate ecumenism. Since 2014, CTE no longer has Field Officers, but Jenny still handles most of the enquiries about local ecumenism.
Rev Dr Ben Aldous
Principal Officer for Evangelism & Mission
Before joining CTE in 2019, Ben had been in Anglican ministry in Durban (2010-2013) and then Cape Town in South Africa (2013-2018). There he completed a doctorate at The University of Stellenbosch, exploring the idea of authenticity in Fresh Expressions in The Anglican Church of Southern Africa. From 2004-2010 he and his wife were part of a church planting team in rural Cambodia.
In his role, Ben helps bring together church leaders who reflect on mission and evangelism in urban and rural contexts across England. He particularly enjoys seeing and encouraging missional ecumenism at local and county levels. Ben also writes and reflects on Fresh Expressions and missiological topics and is a honorary research fellow at The Queens Foundation in Birmingham. He is currently writing a book for SCM Press titled The Three Mile an Hour God: Reflections on mission with Kosuke Koyama due to be published in 2022.
Ben enjoys running, especially half marathons. He is a musician and plays electric bass and keyboards and is a fan of neo soul, jazz and funk. He is married to Sharon with four children.
Principal Officer for Pentecostal, Charismatic and Multi-cultural Relations
Shermara is a dynamic millennial Pentecostal leader with experience in community organising, ecumenical engagement, leadership development and public speaking. She is also committed to engaging young people and young Pentecostals and Charismatics by creating opportunities for them to exercise leadership and to enter into service in the public square.
Shermara recently contributed a chapter to the Church House Publishing book Coming Home: Christian perspectives on housing, writing from a Pentecostal perspective. The book proposes a practical and biblical theology of housing provision as an essential part of community building.
In recognition of her ground-breaking work, Shermara was the recipient of the 2020 Exceptional Young Woman award from The Wise Women Awards.
Senior Communications and Media Manager
Lucy Olofinjana is our Communications and Media Manager (part-time). She manages CTE's website, social media, media engagement and communications.
Lucy is passionate about building multicultural communities and sharing stories from across the rich diversity of the Church. She also loves singing, baking, trips to the cinema and being mum to her toddler. Lucy is based in Essex where she lives with her son and husband Israel.
Lucy works part-time, with Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays being her usual working days. Outside of these times, any urgent media enquiries can be directed to Paul Goodliff.