Education & Training Team:

Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh

Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh

Anne Claar is Academic Tutor. She is Dutch, Remonstrant and a Hebrew Bible specialist. Read more.

What students say

What the Bishops say …

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury"STETS provides high quality ministerial training in a local context. The academic theological offer is excellent and so is the preparation for the life and work of a priest. Those who trained on STETS have a realistic sense of purpose that will serve them and the Church well." 

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

The Rt Revd Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton and Co-Chair of the South Central Regional Training Partnership"STETS offers training for lay and ordained ministries that is creative, biblical and mission-focused. As an active member of the South Central Regional Training Partnership, STETS’ programmes are closely linked with the strategic priorities of the dioceses it serves." 

The Rt Revd Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton and Co-Chair of the South Central Regional Training Partnership

The Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton"It has been good to see how our ordinands grow in confidence, biblically and theologically, during their time at STETS. Training whilst remaining in a work and ministry context gives realism to their theology and their commitment to mission. STETS-trained curates are well-prepared for mission and ministry in a wide variety of contexts." 

The Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton

The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking"I have always found STETS to be somewhere that people enjoy training. The balance of distance learning, group work and residential weekends makes it very flexible and there is a good mix of traditions among the staff and ordinands. STETS continues to widen its portfolio of opportunities to train with postgraduate degrees and an increasingly close relationship with Sarum College and its resources. Our clergy who have trained there have always enjoyed the experience and speak warmly of it. I have no hesitation in commending STETS as a good place to prepare for ordained ministry."

The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking

The Rt Revd Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth"Across the differences of our region and the diversity of students STETS has been a place for respect, development and learning about the creativity of engaging with difference for individual growth and for the good of the Church."

The Rt Revd Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth

The Rt Revd Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading"We live in an exciting time of radical change as a society and we need, more than ever, clergy who are trained for the Church-of-the-Future. I think that means clergy who can work together across the traditions, who have a love of good theology and who are not afraid of missional innovation. The programme offered at STETS ticks all those boxes. The quality of training you’ll get here is high: you’ll be stimulated by great teaching; you’ll grow to love the diversity of the Church of England; you’ll learn to read the signs of the times; and you’ll be encouraged not to settle for ‘business as usual’ for the Church of England. I recommend STETS to you without hesitation."

The Rt Revd Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading

Recently on the STETS blog:

Where To From Here? The Christian Vision of Life After Death. Book review by Sr. Mairead

Have you ever picked up a book unexpectedly and been blown away by it? I have no memory of when or where I got this book, but looking for something to read among a stack of books I had put aside for study, my eyes fell on Where to From Here by Brian Grogan.  I picked it up and began to read. I found that I could not just read it but noticed myself stopping and ruminating and then praying almost every paragraph. I have come to the end now, and I felt compelled to begin again at a even slower pace. 

Reading about Eschatology has never been an exciting experience for me but this book has opened up exciting ideas and feelings about the End Times, personally and generally.  In times of disaster, bad news and cynicism this is a book that deals with the reality of our world and fills me with hope. It is not about “pie in the sky” but deals with the here and now and the joyful “intimations ” of how that will be fulfilled. If you are fearful of death, or wonder how you can speak to others about the Last Things, here is a book that without being naive treats these matters seriously and answers them well grounded in Scripture and Tradition. Enjoy a good read.

Brian Grogan SJ (2011) Where To From Here? The Christian Vision of Life After Death.  Veritas Publications

Where are they now?

Revd Richard Kirlew is currently Rural Life Adviser for Swansea & Brecon Diocese.

What he most liked about STETS was that 'it was a huge family which enabled me to study effectively. The support and encouragement, which was always there, was superb. STETS encouraged me to think 'outside the box'; which is essential in the type of ministry I’m now engaged in.'

Find out more about other former STETS students.

Practice-Based Training

STETS now has an extra Practice-Based Training route. This offers you greater opportunity to bring together practice and theology and to do ‘reflection in action’.

Students are rooted and immersed in a local, but unfamiliar, church context and gain first-hand experience of a wider range of ministry- and mission-practice. More …

Listen to ‘Calm in the Close’

We have just released a unique forty-minute recording of Salisbury Cathedral Close at dawn, which offers a rare chance to experience profound calm.

At a time of day when the Cathedral Close is shut off from the outside world and undisturbed, all that can be heard are the sounds of birds and, occasionally, the cathedral bells. Read more and listen here.