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New principal of teaching appointed to Cumbria Christian Learning

A Principal has been appointed to a leading role on the team of the Diocese of Carlisleā€™s newly formed Cumbria Christian Learning (CCL) organisation.

Dr Karl MöllerDr Karl Möller takes up the post of Principal of Initial Ministerial Education from today (Thursday 1 September). He will lead the IME team which is charged with developing and delivering high quality ministerial education models for both lay and ordained ministries across Cumbria.

CCL is a new charitable company formed by the diocese – the Church of England in Cumbria – and which from today succeeds the Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership (LCTP).

The training and learning organisation has been created to grow disciples for mission and will support the ecumenical God for All strategy which looks to offer everyone in Cumbria the opportunity to explore more of God and God’s purpose for their lives.

Karl, aged 50, said: “I think this is a brilliant vision and it’s something which I am very excited about; in particular the opportunities this role creates in terms of the interaction with so many different groups across the county.

“We will help equip people for missional discipleship and directly support new mission communities in Cumbria while also helping ensure the necessary ministries are in place and working well across the Diocese for many years to come.”

As part of his role Karl will also liaise with CCL’s validating partners – the University of Cumbria and Durham University – which ensures students will gain recognised academic qualifications.

He will work closely with CCL’s Director, the Rev’d Dr Roger Latham, whose appointment was announced in April.

Roger said: “Having worked with Karl previously at LCTP I know he brings a tremendous range of skills to this role.

“He is a wonderful teacher who has helped hundreds of students discover their true vocations and Christ-shaped mission in life and someone who brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts in the educational sphere.”

Karl was raised in Minden near Hanover in Germany and trained in theology up to MA level before working for a group of churches as a Campus Missionary and Student Advisor at the University of Bremen.

Between 1994 and 1999 Karl taught at the University of Gloucestershire and studied for a PhD in Old Testament based around the book of Amos.

In 1999 he was appointed course co-ordinator for the Open Theological College and in 2001 became a Research Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire.

In 2003 he joined the University of Cumbria as a Senior Lecturer and at the same time took up his post as Senior Tutor at LCTP.

Karl is married to Maja. They have two children, Tobias, 18 and Sarah, 16.



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