The Director and Teaching Team of the CMTC are experienced pastors and gifted teachers in both the local church setting and in training courses involving many churches.

  • Martin Woodier

    Martin Woodier


    Martin has recently become Co-Pastor of South Craven Evangelical Church, having previously served as the Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Church, Otley and Ilkley for 30 years (bivocational for 3½ years), with particular passions for Bible teaching, schools work, children and youth ministry, counselling, evangelism and inter-church cooperation. Martin has been the Director of the Yorkshire School of Christian Ministry since it was established in 2002, running a wide variety of one year courses and training days, and Director of the Christian Ministry Training Course since it began in 2009. He loves to encourage the planting of new Gospel churches, being the co-founder and leader of Plant North Yorkshire, serving on the committee of Gospel Yorkshire and now leading a church plant in Keighley. He has served on the Steering Committee of the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership (YGP) and for many years was on the National Council of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC). He was married to Kim for 32 years before she went to be with the Lord in 2016. He has three adult children and two grandchildren.

  • Lewis Allen

    Lewis Allen


    Lewis was for 12 years Pastor of Gunnersbury Baptist Church, Chiswick, London. Then, in 2010, he moved to Huddersfield with his wife and five children to begin planting Hope Church. He has served on the Steering Committee of the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership and the Board of London Seminary, and is the Director of Gospel Yorkshire. He is an all-round enthusiast for showing the life which is ours in Jesus Christ: husband, father, pastor, church planter, reader, flyfisherman, motorcyclist, and blogger ( Lewis has a heart for training and mentoring, and for seeing churches grow in their confidence in the Gospel. Lewis has a heart for training and mentoring, and for seeing churches grow in their confidence in the Gospel.

  • Paul Howell

    Paul Howell


    Paul is part of the pastoral team at Christchurch Xscape, Castleford having led the church plant in 2009. Prior to that Paul was the Senior Pastor at the sending church, Pontefract Congregational Church. Paul is conducting Doctoral Research in Practical Theology at University of Chester, focussing on disability theology. He is married with three grown up sons. Paul conducts his bivocational ministry alongside working as a Director of a product development company. He enjoys cycling in the small amount of spare time he has.

  • Wes Johnston

    Wes Johnston


    Wes has been Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Leeds (formerly LRBC) since 2005. Prior to that he was Pastor of Chorley Evangelical Free Church, Lancashire for 5 years. He has a background in landscape management and worked in senior management roles in both Public and Private sectors prior to his call into pastoral ministry. He is married to Karen and they have three adult children.

  • Michael Luehrmann

    Michael Luehrmann


    Michael has been the pastor at City Evangelical Church, Leeds since summer 2010. Prior to that he comes to us from Texas, via California and Edinburgh, where he was in pastoral ministry for 6 years. He has a passion for the local church as God’s mission strategy to win the world to Christ. He is married and has five young children. He enjoys running, reading, guitar, church history, and strategy games.

  • Richard Underwood

    Richard Underwood


    Richard coordinates the Pastoral activities of the FIEC, seeking the spiritual health of churches and church leaders. He was previously the General Secretary of FIEC and served in this role from 2004 to 2010. Before that he was the pastor of Soham Baptist Church for 11 years, a ministry which included providing pastoral support to the local community in the wake of the highly publicised child murders. He is married to Pippa and they have two grown-up children; David and Anna. He loves (watching) sport, walking and “extreme reading” (that’s an extremely good book in an extremely comfortable chair!).

Other experienced contributors will be drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds to utilise their experience and expertise.