Sally was one of the team that helped to found CYM in the beginning and launched the Midlands Centre in 1998 with the first students arriving in 1999. At that time she was the Training Manager at Youth for Christ having spent time working with volunteers on gap year and other programmes. She started her working life as a teacher with young people who had educational and behavioural difficulties.
Sally has spent nearly thirty years involved in urban priority area and inner city churches and has been involved in all sorts of youth work and wider ministry. Sally was ordained in the Church of England in 2012 and is now a priest at Hodge Hill Church in Birmingham responsible for learning and discipleship as well as some alternative services. Sally is a Director of Frontier Youth Trust and a Companion of the Northumbria Community.
Sally’s publications include Skills for Collaborative Ministry with colleagues Jo Whitehead and Paul Nash, Tools for Reflective Ministry with Paul, Youth Ministry: a multifaceted approach (editor), Facilitation Skills for Ministry with Jo and Simon Sutcliffe all published by SPCK. She and Jo have edited Christian Youth Work in Theory and Practice with an international group of authors for SCM. Sally also co-authored the Faith of Generation Y, a range of Grove Booklets and various peer reviewed journal articles. Most recently she has published Spiritual Care for Sick Children and Young People with Paul and Kathryn Darby which she wrote in her role as research lead for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Chaplaincy team as well as someone who develops spiritual care activities for the team. Her current research focus is shame in the church and various aspects of spiritual care and paediatric chaplaincy.
Sally is a qualified Higher Education teacher and research supervisor and has been an external examiner for Masters courses in both Youth and Community Work and Missional Leadership as well as doing some examining and supervision at Doctoral level. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and trained as an Ignatian prayer guide. Sally and Jo run a writing day linked to the Grove Youth Series each year to encourage practitioners into writing and Sally is also on the Editorial Group of the Grove Leadership series.
Outside of work Sally enjoys playing golf (and has played for the Church of England), supporting Spurs, blogging, walking – usually by water, drinking good coffee and eating dark chocolate.