South west ministry training course

NEWS - It is important to ring the office (01392 272544) before visiting the SWMTC library to check that you can get access. The SWMTC library is usually accessible during office hours or from 6pm on evenings when there is an evening class, but not always..

NEWS - It gives us great pleasure to announce the safe arrival of Jacob Samuel McLachlan, Laura's baby, on 17th October.

NEWS - Our office and library are now at: Suite 1.3, Renslade House, Bonhay Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3AY. Our main phone number is 01392 272544. Exeter evening classes are held at Renslade House.

NEWS - We're delighted to congratulate those from the Course ordained Deacon in Exeter Cathedral on 14th September: Paul Barton, Marisa Cockfield, Anne Dunlop, Paul Evans, Lynn Flatt Lesley Holman, Glyn Lewry, Leisa McGovern, Shirley Paterson, Jill Purser, Marion Sanders and Sheila Walker.

We congratulate also those Readers newly licensed from the Course: Nell Stamp, Mark Smith, Jo Pay, Laura Ford, Ken Ball, Carol Bache, Tony Nixon, Hilary Harron, Roger Grose, Tony Gregg, John Dunster, Graham Dee, Anne de Looy, Tim Bradshaw.

NEWS - We congratulate two of our Trustees on new appointments as Cathedral Canons: the Revd Dr John Searle as Residentiary Canon at Exeter and the Revd Alan Bashforth as Canon Chancellor of Truro. We are also delighted to note that Prebendary David James, one of our Reader Training Team, is now Acting Precentor of Exeter.

NEWS - Tim Gibson, our Director of Reader Training and Lay Education was ordained Deacon at Wells cathedral on Sunday 29th June. Congratulations! Click here for a photo.

NEWS - Our prayers and warmest wishes are with those students ordained deacon at Petertide: Angela Brown, Alison Hardy, and Elly Sheard (Truro), and Tim Gibson (Bath and Wells). Also with those Truro students to be ordained priest at this time.

NEWS - From September 2014, we have a new evening class programme - New Encounters in Theology. These classes are open to anyone. For more information, you can download the 2014-15 leaflet here or see the website

NEWS - Following our Ministry Division inspection at the end of 2012, we were revisited by the Lead Inspector who is satisfied with our responses to the recommendations in the inspection report. The follow-up report can be read here. (The inspection report can be read here.)

NEWS - We are delighted to announce that the contract has been signed for validation of our courses by Durham University from September 2014. This is part of the Church of England's "Common Awards" programme. All our students will be studying for Durham University awards, except a very few who will complete their Exeter BThs this summer and next.

NEWS - It is a great pleasure to be able to announce the appointment of the Revd Juliet Horwood as chaplain to the ordination training programme from September. She replaces the Revd Paula Hollingsworth, who has done such splendid work with the Course, and who is taking up a distinguished role as Sub-Dean of Wells.. Juliet trained with SWMTC, and has been a chaplain at the main hospital at Exeter for many years. We look forward to welcoming her.

NEWS - We have a number of students participating in exchange programmes in the near future. This is always a great enrichment to the Course, and we look forward to hearing about their experiences. Jane Hayes and Penny Lawson will be going to St George’s, Jerusalem in August, and Ruth Frampton will spend six weeks at the Foyer Unitas in Rome in the autumn.

SWMTC: Contact: Administrator Laura McLachlan on 01392 272544
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