John Valentine facilitates the Plant Course, hosts the Doctorate of Ministry in church planting from Asbury Theological Seminary at CCX, and helps design the training for the Myriad initiative. He studied English Literature at university, and after a brief spell in law, was ordained, serving curacies in Norwich and central London, planting a church from Holy Trinity Brompton which went on to plant two other churches. He has written a book on discipleship (Follow Me) and a book on the theology of church planting (forthcoming in 2023). He is married to Catherine, and they have two teenage daughters.