Church Mission Society has appointed leading missiologist Dr Cathy Ross to head the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training centre in Oxford as the programme grows.
Highly regarded in both the UK and internationally, Cathy is one of the world’s leading missiologists. Cathy, who currently combines her responsibilities as director of the MA programme at CMS’s Pioneer Mission Leadership Training centre in Oxford with a tutorship in contextual theology at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, will take up her new role full time in August.
Originally from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Cathy began her association with CMS in 1991, serving as a mission partner with New Zealand CMS in what was then Zaire. In 2005 she moved to the UK with her family, to lead CMS’s mission exchange and scholarship programmes.
She has held positions at the Bible College of New Zealand, the Crowther Centre for Mission Education, Regent’s Park College in Oxford, and the London School of Theology. Cathy is also a prolific writer; her published works include Women with a Mission,  Mission in the 21st Century,  and Pioneering Spirituality.  She is also canon theologian for Leicester Cathedral.
Jonny Baker, director of mission education at CMS, said; “It has been a privilege to work with Cathy setting up and leading CMS’s MA programme in pioneer mission leadership. Cathy’s knowledge, insight and vision are exceptional and have been pivotal in our decision to expand the courses we offer to students to include doctoral research from September.”
This new appointment marks a further development of CMS’s Pioneer Mission Leadership Training programme, now entering its 10th year. In the last year both London and Bath and Wells dioceses have opened regional learning hubs to train pioneer mission leaders. These hubs form part of a rapidly expanding network of pioneer training options across the UK that CMS hopes will change the ecclesial landscape and quicken the advancement of pioneer training in other parts of the world.
CMS will be hosting an open day for the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training course on Tuesday 10 June in Oxford.
 Women with a Mission, Rediscovering Missionary Wives in Early New Zealand, Auckland:Penguin, 2006);
 Mission in the 21st Century, Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission (ed with Andrew Walls); (London:DLT, 2008);
 Pioneering Spirituality with J Baker, (Norwich:Canterbury Press).