A Course in Christian Discipleship for Africa

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by William Mather

Alison Morgan

Revd Dr Alison Morgan


Canon Roger Morgan

Stanley Hotay

Bishop Stanley Hotay


Revd Trevor Pearce


Revd Mike Cotterell




Who is involved in Rooted in Jesus?

Rooted in Jesus was conceived in 2002 in conversation between Stanley Hotay of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, now the Bishop of that diocese, and Roger and Alison Morgan of the church of Holy Trinity, Leicester. Edited and directed by Alison Morgan, Rooted in Jesus was initially run and supported from within Holy Trinity with help from the Diocese of Leicester, which is linked with the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro. Rooted in Jesus is now part of the Mathetes Trust, an independent charity based in Wells, Somerset, UK.

The Rooted in Jesus Team

Revd Dr Alison Morgan is the editor of Rooted in Jesus, which she has overseen since its beginning in 2002, and the author of the various training materials which are used to introduce and support the programme. Alison has a PhD from Cambridge University and prior to her ordination in 1996 was a university lecturer. She worked for many years alongside her husband Roger in parish ministry, and then as a thinker and writer with the UK charity ReSource. Alison is a member of the Archbishops' College of Evangelists. She has published various books and course materials in addition to Rooted in Jesus. Best known for The Wild Gospel, her latest book is Following Jesus: The Plural of Disciple is Church.

Canon Roger Morgan is the Director of the Mathetes Trust. Formerly Head of the Management Studies Department at Cambridge University, Roger spent 24 years in parish ministry as incumbent of St Columba's Corby and then Holy Trinity Leicester. From 2008-2015 Roger worked as a missioner with the UK charity ReSource. He is the author of a number of books and course materials on various aspects of Christian ministry. Roger's current ministry focus is mission and mentoring. He is a Canon of Leicester Cathedral and Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Revd Mike Cotterell is a Trustee of the Mathetes Trust. Mike has been involved with Rooted in Jesus for many years, and is one of our most experienced Team Leaders, working in South Africa, Tanzania and South Sudan. Mike is the Vicar of St Paul's Church in Slough, a mutli-racial and multi-cultural church which seeks to affirm and equip Christians in personal spirituality, discipleship and witness.

Revd Andrew Evans is a Trustee of the Mathetes Trust. Andrew is the Vicar of St Katharine's Church, Holt, and Rural Dean of Bradford Deanery. Andrew is passionate about mission and feels called to seek to open up the rural church to God's vibrant life. Prior to ordination Andrew worked as a solicitor.

John English is The Mathetes Trust Administrator. Formerly a Senior LIbrarian in the Isle of Wight, John has extensive experience in management, administration and book-keeping. During his time on the Isle of Wight John also served as Church Warden of Newport Minster.

Rooted in Jesus in Tanzania

Rooted in Jesus was first designed in partnership between Stanley Hotay, then Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, and Roger and Alison Morgan. Stanley is now Bishop of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro, and in January 2014 he became National Director for Rooted in Jesus in Tanzania. He is supported by two Regional Coordinators, Bishop James Almasi of Masasi and Canon Jacob Robert of Mara. Rooted in Jesus is supported in Tanzania by an Anglican Communion Fund grant.

The Rooted in Jesus Tanzania administrator is Catherine Mwega. Cate has a degree in accountancy and is a member of Christ Church cathedral in Arusha.

Rooted in Jesus in South Africa

In South Africa Rooted in Jesus is directed by Revd Trevor Pearce, Director of Growing the Church, working with Estelle Adams, the national coordinator, and Nicole Curtis, the RinJ Junior coordinator. Growing the Church is based in Cape Town.

Rooted in Jesus teams

Rooted in Jesus is introduced and supported by a growing number of experienced team leaders from the UK, Africa, US and Australia, all of whom have a proven track record of fruitful ministry in their own contexts. They are normally ordained ministers. Team members are drawn from both lay and ordained members of the Church, all with experience of facilitating Christian discipleship in the context of small groups. Rooted in Jesus Junior facilitators are people with experience as church leaders, youth workers, teachers and Sunday School teachers.

Rooted in Jesus coordinators

In each diocese, Rooted in Jesus is supported by a Diocesan Coordinator appointed by the Diocesan Bishop, who has oversight of Rooted in Jesus within the diocese. The role of the Coordinator is to keep in touch with group leaders and parishes where RinJ or RinJ Junior has been introduced, to monitor progress, provide advice and encouragement, and award certificates to group members as they complete each book of the course. Coordinators also provide local training, and travel on Rooted in Jesus teams to other dioceses.

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