The Mathetes Trust is an independent UK charity whose purpose is to promote Christian discipleship. The Mathetes Trust is directed by Roger Morgan.
Canon Roger Morgan
Formerly a mathematician in the Engineering Department and head of the Management Studies department at Cambridge University, Roger has spent 24 years in parish ministry, serving first as vicar of St Columba’s, Corby and then as vicar of Holy Trinity, Leicester. After leaving Holy Trinity Roger spent a number of years working with the UK charity ReSource, focussing on mission and mentoring. Whilst in Cambridge Roger built up a ministry among both students and townspeople, and worked in partnership with Daniel Cozens of Through Faith Missions, planning and leading parish missions all over the country. During his time at Holy Trinity Roger built up a staff team of 10, planted a new church, developed a multimedia outreach programme called Questions, and established a network of cell groups involving over 600 people. Whilst at Holy Trinity Roger and Alison also founded the Rooted in Jesus discipleship programme for Africa, which is now a core part of the work of the Mathetes Trust. Roger is a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and in his spare time enjoys chess, walking and cricket (the armchair variety). Roger is married to Alison, and the author of many of the books you will find on our Publications page. They have three grown up children.
Revd Mike Cotterell
Mike is the Vicar of St Paul’s Church in Slough. St Paul’s is a multi-racial and multi-cultural church which seeks to affirm and equip Christians in personal spirituality, discipleship and witness for everyday life. St Paul’s say “Mike is an experienced parish priest with particular gifts in the area of pastoral care, helping people to be released from hurts from their past. He enjoys teaching and preaching, he is gifted in healing and deliverance ministry. He has an enabling and encouraging leadership style and appreciates the contribution of all church members. During his time at St Paul’s he has used his visionary skills to help us develop the life of the church family and develop plans for the building to meet our needs.” Mike has long been associated with Rooted in Jesus, leading teams to South Africa, Tanzania and South Sudan. He has also been involved in SOMA missions. Mike is married to Barbara, a teacher and artist, and they have four children. Mike’s hobbies involve practical skills particularly in woodworking, wood turning and misc minor engineering projects. He enjoys reading history, walking and cycling.
Revd Andrew Evans
Andrew is the Rector of St Katharine’s Church in Holt, near Trowbridge, and Rural Dean of Bradford. Andrew has been a key member of EQUIP over a number of years, and has also been involved in missions with Roger. Andrew writes: “I am excited by the idea that there is more of God to discover and we never come to the end of what He is able to do. I love Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!” I am hugely encouraged to see how God’s love and favour is changing lives and how the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is becoming very evident in our village churches. What I feel called to do is to seek increasingly to open up our three churches to God’s vibrant life, so that this part of Wiltshire becomes a place that people seek out because they have heard that God’s Presence is here.” Andrew used to be a solicitor before he was called to ordination. He is married to Jo and they have three grown-up children. He paints in oils, escapes to France when he has a chance, and tries to play tennis once a week.
Canon John Benson
John is a retired priest living in Chester. Before retirement, he spent 20 years in the Diocese of Singapore where he served as Vicar of St George’s Church, Dean of Cambodia, Director of Training, Dean of Laos and finally as the Vicar of the Chapel of the Resurrection. He continues to make regular visits to Singapore to help with training the clergy. John is actively involved in the ministry of All Saints, Hoole in Chester. He has a wider ministry in the UK that focuses on preaching, teaching, mentoring and writing. He has been leading an EQUIP group based in Chester and he is now developing a new EQUIP group in North Wales. He has been working with parishes that want to move from maintenance to mission. John is married to Anita and they have two grown up daughters and four young grandchildren. Anita has been involved in parish ministry with John – particularly in helping people to discover the relevance of God’s Word in small groups. John was the main speaker at the Diocese of Egypt annual clergy retreat 2017.
Revd Dr Alison Morgan
Alison is the editor of Rooted in Jesus, and author of the various training materials which are used to introduce and support the programme, which she has overseen since its beginning in 2002. Alison has a PhD from Cambridge University and prior to her ordination in 1996 worked as a university lecturer; she is the author of an internationally recognised work on the poet Dante. Alison is the author of many publications, but she is best known for The Wild Gospel, now on its third printing. Her most recent book is Following Jesus: The Plural of Disciple is Church. Alison worked for many years alongside her husband Roger in parish ministry, and then as a thinker and writer with the UK charity ReSource. In her spare time Alison enjoys ornithology, walking and cycling, and photography. Alison and Roger have three grown up children. Alison’s website is www.alisonmorgan.co.uk.
Dr Richard Scott
Richard has worked as a surgeon, GP and as an evangelist in Britain, India and parts of Africa. Richard founded Evangelistic Medical Missions Abroad, a charity which sends teams on short-term medical missions in the developing world. He is an Associate of Through Faith Missions, which works with local churches or groups of churches to support and encourage them in mission. Richard is the author of two books, and a member of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists.
Jessica is the Mathetes Trust Administrator. She previously worked as a secondary school Religious Studies and Humanities teacher for ten years in schools around Somerset and East Anglia. Following a car accident in 2017, Jessica decided to change her career direction, but she has always been led by the desire to help others, and now also works as a part time Youth Worker for the YMCA. Jessica works as the Administrator for the Mathetes Trust every weekday morning.