Dr Jo Griffiths appointed Tutor in Children's & Family Ministry

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Dr Jo Griffiths appointed Tutor in Children's & Family Ministry

Dr Jo Griffiths

We are very happy to announce the appointment of Dr Jo Griffiths as Ridley's next Tutor in Children's & Family Ministry, to start in September.

Jo has extensive experience in Children’s and Youth Work spanning 30 years in voluntary, Local Authority and church settings. She worked at Ridley Hall Cambridge between 2005 and 2015, first as Assistant Centre Director at what was formerly known as CYM (Institute for Children, Youth and Mission) and then as Centre Director from 2010.

For the past five years Jo has worked as Director of MABS in Enfield. MABS is a Children, Youth and Families Project based at St Andrew’s Church Enfield. The project works with children and young people across the key contexts of church, schools and community. Alongside the role, Jo has been serving as Associate Tutor in Learning and Pastoral Support at our London teaching centre.

On her appointment, Jo said "I believe that Children’s and Family Ministry is an integral aspect of church growth. I am so excited to have the opportunity to tutor students within the mission-focused college of Ridley Hall, in this exciting area of church life. I can't wait to start!"

The Principal, Revd Dr Michael Volland, welcomed the appointment: ‘We have been working hard at building an exceptional staff team at Ridley Hall. Jo’s appointment is a very important part of this. She is a gifted teacher and academic and brings significant experience of innovative ministerial practice. She will be a gift to our students as they prepare to serve as leaders in the Church. Jo joins the college at an exciting time and we look forward to working alongside her in years to come.’

The Revd Fiona Green, Dean of Lay Ministry and Vice-Principal, said "I am excited that Jo has agreed to come and serve God here at Ridley. She has significant experience in children’s and family ministry, and will be a wonderful addition to the lay ministry team here as well as to the wider life of the college. With her connection to Ridley London, Jo will also continue to strengthen the existing relationships between our two teaching centres. We look forward to her joining us at the start of Michaelmas Term."

Jo is JNC qualified and her PHD is focused on the professional identity formation of newly graduated Christian youth workers and her MA is in Youth and Community Studies. She studied for her first degree at Ridley and was awarded a BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology. Jo is married to Steve and has three grown up children and a dog called Jess.