Sanctus sponsors the societas Pauli, or "the fellowship of Paul," a network of multi-lingual, ecumenical and international Europeans who, in the footsteps of Paul, seek a culture of individual spiritual development in the European churches because they have some knowledge and experience of how to get there.

The socii (Latin for "fellows") are theologians, experienced lay people, priests, professors, writers, leaders of non-profits, elders and, most generally, friends of Jesus. While volunteers with Sanctus, each socius (Latin for "fellow") has a unique ministry in his or her own context with which you, if you're interested, can connect.


Michael Stewart Robb


BA,  Christian Education & Ministry (Wheaton)
MTh, Systematic Theology (Uni. Aberdeen)
PhD, Divinity (Uni. Aberdeen)

Michael's longstanding interest in how churches educate and edify their members in theology and spirituality began in 1999 and has guided his work ever since. To this end, he has always pursued the best education possible in the interest of giving it away to others. In 2012 he began researching the thought of American philosopher and spiritual writer Dallas Willard and is finishing a book titled The Kingdom Among Us (Fortress) on Willard’s theology of the gospel.

Since 2004, he has lived in Europe and worked with a variety of churches (German Evangelical Free, Church of Scotland, German Lutheran and Vineyard DACH). He currently lives in the inner city of Munich, Germany with his wife and two children. His current writing project is on “urban spirituality,” or living well with God in the city.

Languages: English, German, (Lousy) French


James Catford


BA, Politics (Uni. Wales)
BA, Political Theology (Uni. Bristol)

Former Chief Executive of Bible Society in the UK, James was previously director of HodderHeadline and HarperCollins in London.

Chair of Renovaré Britain & Ireland and the Apprentice Institute at Friends' University USA. Vice-Chair SPCK and Amity Printing Company, China. Board member African Enterprise International, Kenya, and the Martin Institute at Westmont College USA.

Faculty member of the Renovaré Institute US. Contributor to The Church of England Newspaper, Christianity magazine and the journal Preach. Founder of the think tank Theos with a special interest in contemporary culture and faith in the public square.

Languages: English


Asia Williamson


BA, Biblical Studies (Cliff College UK)
BA, Christian Education (Methodist Sem. Poland)
MA, Applied Theology (TCMI Institute Austria)
MA, Theology and Politics (King's London)
DMin, Global Leadership (Asbury Sem. USA)

Asia is originally from Poland. She is passionate about people development and has been training leaders around the world for the last two decades. Her main subject area has always been spiritual formation and global mission.

She is an eager student of biblical theology and history and has written two biographies, one on Hudson Taylor and the other on Amy Carmichael, both of whom she considers her greatest mentors. She lectures on Apologetics at a Westminster Theological Center in the UK and is a Methodist Local Preacher.

She is married to Mark and together they lead a young adult congregation in central London.

Languages: Polish, English, Brazilian Portuguese and, sometimes, Spanish


Villa Kavilo


Teol.mag., Theology (Åbo Akademi, Finland)

An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Ville is a pastor in the Kronoby municipality in Ostrobothnia. While a theology student at Åbo Akademi University, Ville tested many formational practices while living an intentional Christian community (“Palace of Humility”) and while co-pastoring a church in the Evangelical Free Church of Finland. His master’s dissertation was on Dallas Willard & the Formation of the Body by Love.

Ville has traveled widely and discovered how longer journeys (e.g. Canada, Namibia) could be formative for the spiritual life. In 2014-2015, he and his wife took a sabbatical year in the form of a global pilgrimage. He has an ongoing interest in “Transformational Travel.”

He is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute (Santa Barbara Cohort) and has a vocation qualification in entrepreneurship. In addition to working as a parish priest, he works as a photographer (Kavilo Photography), brewer (Kalakka Brewery) and business coach (Grow Business Coaching). He is the creator of the photography magazine WNDRNGS, focusing on pilgrimage and aphoristic art.

Languages: Swedish, Finnish, English


Jimmy Österbacka


Teol.mag., Theology (Åbo Akademi, Finland)

Jimmy is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, and working as a pastor in the congregation of Pedersöre in Ostrobothnia. His work has currently a lot to do with different constellations of youth-groups. He studied theology, philosophy and pedagogy at Åbo Akademi University and his master’s dissertation explored possible connections Martin Luthers and Dallas Willards views on spiritual formation. He is also a board member in The Swedish Lutheran Evangelical Association in Finland (SLEAF), a Swedish-speaking mission organisation in Finland. Jimmy is also a doctoral student in the subject of practical theology at Åbo Akademi, working on his doctoral thesis on the Swedish pastor and writer Peter Halldorf and the spirituality and practices of the ecumenical community at Bjärka-Säby in Linköping, Sweden. He is an eager reader and is interested in crafting art, fiction and poetry. Enjoys conversing about and explore what it means to live a good life with God in Christ.

Languages: Swedish, English