Main Staff

Mike Beaumont

Mike Beaumont


Mike has over 40 years’ experience as a pastor, mentor, Bible teacher, lecturer, author and broadcaster, working with churches both in the UK and right around the world. He has written or made significant contributions to 15 books which are currently available in 25 languages.

Gordon Smyrell

Gordon Smyrell

Academic Dean

Gordon has been involved with Bible teaching and prophetic ministry in TVCC since 1984. Now retired, he was formerly a lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Teesside, so loves interacting with eager students. His great passion is to help ordinary Christians get a better understanding of the Bible’s message.

Martin and Janette Marklew

Deans of Students

Blessed with four sons and eleven grandchildren, Martin and Janette love seeing people of all ages discover more and more about God. Both are now retired, having worked in the public, private and charitable sectors, including studying theology at the Salvation Army Bible College in London. They have a passion for people, in seeing them grow in their knowledge of Scripture and in deepening their walk with God. They are active members of Tees Valley Community Church, which they joined during Covid.


Our teachers are drawn primarily from the churches of Taking Ground and other like-minded movements.

What next?

The School of Applied Theology is a ministry of Taking Ground.