Martijn Mugge
Church is NOT a “museum of saints,” but rather a “hospital for sinners.
Unless you can speak and write Dutch, you'll never pronouce this name accurately. English speakers might manage many languages, but Dutch is rarely one of them. English people will pronounce Schiphol (Amsterdam's airport) as Skipol, Concertgebouw as it appears to English speakers (Dutch pronunciation 'Conset followed by a gutteral 'g'), Rooseveld as it appears to English speakers (pronounced Roserfelt) and Corrie ten Boom as it appears (pronounced 'ten Bome'). As for achtentachtig or prachtige....forget it, don't even go there!!
Dutch people find English an easy language to learn, but the English find Dutch to be anything but easy.

Martijn has adapted to English pronunciation and doesn't mind being called Martin as his first name and Muggy, Mugger or Mudgy for his surname.
In his own words:
"My name is Martijn Mugge. Not a great name to have when living in an English speaking nation, but then it is not easy to forget either – and yes I have spelled it correctly – it has a strange ‘j’ straight after the ‘i’. Together these letters create a new letter that one will only find in the Dutch language: the ‘ij’."
Martijn's hometown is Roden, in the province of Drenthe (pronounced Drenter) in The Netherlands.
                     Roden                                                   Provincie Drenthe

He and his family moved to Oak Hill Theological College in 2009 to prepare for full-time ministry.


Oakhill Theological College in Southgate, North London - Address: Chase Side, London N14 4PS


"I am happily married  and we have 3 lovely daughters and 1 boy (who is also lovely!). I’ve lived in the UK since 1995 and have spent my early career in organisational and people development.

I was brought up an atheist but was seriously challenged in my long held convictions in 1996 and accepted the Christian claims as truth in 1997.

Since then I have deepened my relationship with God and have significantly increased my confidence in the Bible as His revelation to the world and the best explanation of all our experiences."


Martijn enjoys spending time as a family as well as getting to know new people and spending time together to build new friendships.

In 2012, Martijn became the new Curate of Wombwell, Barnsley in South Yorkshire where he  served as deacon for a year before being eligible to be ordained as priest in July 2013.

From Martijn's blog

Why I am (not) a Priest

July 3, 2013

On Wednesday evening, 3rd July 2013, I was  ordained Priest. The event took place at my local Church where the Bishop of Sheffield laid his hands on me and ordained me Priest in the Church of England.

As an Anglican I accept the term ‘priest’ without hesitation because I know (and as any dictionary will tell you) that the term is a contraction of the word ‘presbyter’ meaning ‘elder’.

However, speaking to some people, I have come to doubt whether this is what most people understand the term ‘priest’ to mean, and whether, both outside AND inside the Church, the term is understood by many to have a priestly connotation.

This is deeply worrying for two reasons, which I hope will clarify why I am (not) a priest.

1. The first reason is historical in that the priestly connotations that people attach to the word ‘priest’ stem from the Old Testament, where Israelite priests were set apart and enjoyed two exclusive privileges. Firstly they enjoyed exclusive access to God. The Temple in which God was present with his people was surrounded by the court of the priests. Lay people were excluded from this court, and only the priests were allowed entry into the temple itself, with only the high priest being allowed into God presence in the holy of holies or inner sanctuary (and then only on the day of atonement!). Any intruders would immediately face the death penalty, which symbolized that access to God was restricted to the priesthood and denied to ordinary people.

The second privilege that Israelite priests enjoyed was the offering of sacrifices to God. Lay people would bring sacrifices to the priests and lay their hands on their victim so as to identify themselves with it and symbolically transfer their guilt to it, but only the priests were allowed to kill the sacrifices, perform the ritual of offering it to God, and sprinkle the blood as a sign of cleansing.

So in the Old Testament times, the privileges of access and sacrifice were strictly reserved for the Israelite priesthood.

Ever since the death and resurrection of Jesus, the distinction between lay people and priests has been totally abolished, as the perfect Christ offered himself through his death as the ultimate sacrifice before God, and through his resurrection, gained all those who trust in Him unlimited access to God.

Hebrews 10:11-14 speaks of Christ’s sacrifice as follows:

Day after day every [Old Testament] priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

But when this priest [Christ] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, for by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

And the author of Hebrews goes on to explain (in verses 19 to 22) how this means that everyone can now enter into God’s presence by faith (that is, without the need of a priest):

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Placeby the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God [i.e. Christ], let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Indeed, as Peter writes in 1 Peter 3:18:

Christ died once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

Which is why Peter refers to those who have entrusted their lives to Jesus as “a royal priesthood,” and so the privileges that were once limited to priests only, are now shared by all Christians, for all Christians are priests!

2. The second reason why I find the term ‘priest’ worrying is a practical one and linked closely to the first. For people with a limited understanding of the Christian faith, the term ‘priest’ potentially affirms their wrong idea that Christianity is all about tradition rather than about a personal relationship with the living God. The term ‘priest’ as  understood by most people, points to one’s position in the Church – one’s place in the hierarchy – just as one might consider a manager in a corporate organisation – one step further on the career ladder that ultimately leads to Bishop, or Archbishop. This totally misrepresents the vocation that Christians are called to in their relationship with God, and potentially affirms the erroneous idea that Church is primarily for people who are good and ordained for their goodness. However, as Tim Keller put it, Church is NOT a “museum of saints,” but rather a “hospital for sinners.”

As Jesus himself taught in Mark 2:17:

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

Meaning that Jesus did not come for those who think they are good enough for God, but for those who recognise that they are NOT good enough for God, and who, as a result, recognise their need for rescue that has become possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus.