Charles Read, BA, MPhil, PGCE teaches Liturgy and shares in the teaching of Systematic Theology. Although he grew up in the West Midlands, Charles spent 21 years in Manchester before joining the staff in 1999. After reading theology at Manchester University, he was Head of Religious Studies in a secondary school and a Reader in a large church before training for ordination at St John's College, Nottingham. He served in a wide variety of parishes in Manchester Diocese (urban, rural, suburban, evangelical, catholic and 'just C of E'), ending up as Team Vicar in a UPA in Salford. He has been a member of General Synod (to which he hopes to be re-elected one day), has helped to produce the new Eucharistic prayers for Common Worship and is involved with WATCH (Women and the Church). He is working on a PhD on Inclusive Language. Charles is married to Judith and they have two boys, Jonathan and Phillip. Among the family pastimes are films, eating out, gardening, knitting, trains and watching re-runs of The Avengers.