David Ball (top photo) is Director of the GOLD Project. From 2009-2015, he served as Director of Open Learning at Trinity College Bristol out of which the GOLD Project has formed. He was born in Kenya. He studied at Sheffield University for a Degree in Biblical Studies where he met his wife, Angie. After a year in Israel, he returned to Sheffield for a PhD on the ‘I am’ sayings in John. David and Angie went to India to work with TAFTEE (The Association for Theological Education by Extension). They stayed in India for 15 years and returned to England in 2008. Since he was sixteen, David has been riding motorbikes. He now has three bikes (one of which is as old as him) and is actively involved in the Christian Motorcyclists’ Association. He has also served as a trustee for a local Foodbank and as a Church Warden. David believes that the strength of the church's life and witness depends on the equipping of all God's people for mission and ministry in the world. He is committed to enabling every Christian to grow in their faith through disciplined study of the Bible.
Revd Mike Butterworth (second photo) has overseen the development of Open Learning courses over many years. Before becoming head of the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course, Mike was a distance-learning course writer when on the staff of TAFTEE (The Association for Theological Education by Extension), India. Following his time in India, Mike was on the staff of Oak Hill Theological College where he developed further courses that were offered under the name OHEC (Oak Hill Extension Courses). Mike relaunched the courses under the banner of ICES (Interactive Christian Extension Studies) for the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course. They were used for many years by the Ministry Course to train ordinands and independent students in theology and ministry. Mike now serves as a trustee of the GOLD Project.
Angie Ball (bottom photo) has been involved in editing courses for TAFTEE (The Association for Theological Education by Extension), India, ICES (Interactive Christian Extension Studies and Trinity College Open Learning Programme. Angie is an active Tutor and also helps with administration for the GOLD Project.