Dr Colin Podmore is the Director of Forward in Faith and the Secretary of the Council of Bishops of the Society.
Colin is a Cornishman, born and brought up in Cornwall. He read history at Keble College, Oxford, where he sang in the chapel choir and served as sacristan. For his special subject, focusing on the Oxford Movement, he was taught by the then Chaplain of Keble, Dr Geoffrey Rowell.
After a year working in a Moravian school in the Black Forest, Colin trained as a teacher at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and taught German at St Michael’s C. E. High School in Chorley, Lancs. He then returned to Keble to research for his Oxford D.Phil. thesis, which was published as The Moravian Church in England, 1728-1760 (Oxford University Press, 1998). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
From 1988 to 2013 Colin served on the staff of the General Synod in Church House, Westminster, in a variety of roles, including those of Secretary of the Liturgical Commission and Secretary of the Dioceses Commission. From 2011 to 2013 he was Clerk to the Synod, Director of the Central Secretariat and Director of Ecumenical Relations. In 2013 he left Church House to become the Director of Forward in Faith.
His publications include Aspects of Anglican Identity (2005) and articles on Anglican ecclesiology, the ecclesiology of The Episcopal Church and the development of the Anglican Communion.
Colin is a parish clerk in the City parish of St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge, and also serves on the Parochial Church Council of All Saints’, Margaret Street. He is the Chairman of the trustees of the Cleaver Ordination Candidates Fund.