Revd Dr Andrea Russell

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Position Co-Director of the Centre for Continuing Professional Development
Tutor for Anglican Admissions
Email a.russell@queens.ac.uk
Telephone 0121 452 2609


I have been a tutor at Queen’s and a member of the Centre for Ministerial Formation since 2014. After studying law at King’s College, London, I qualified as a solicitor and was in private practice for a number of years and then moved into lecturing. After a short career break when my daughters were born, I went back to University and gained a BA, MA and PhD in theology at the University of Nottingham. My PhD, supervised by Professors Alan Ford and Karen Kilby, focussed upon Richard Hooker and his contribution to Anglican identity, arguing for a wider and more pastorally centred understanding of his work. I continue to be interested in Hooker’s theology and his role within Anglican self-understanding.

Qualifications
2010 PhD University of Nottingham
2010 MA Theology and Pastoral Studies University of Nottingham
2005 MA Theology and Religious Studies University of Nottingham
2004 BA Theology University of Nottingham
1986 LLB Kings College, London
Roles within Queen's

I am Co-Director of the Centre for Continuing Professional Development and Tutor for Anglican Admissions.

I teach on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of doctrine, Anglican identity and leadership and regularly supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. I am involved in Curate training for Lichfield Diocese and teach supervision skills for the Church of England, Birmingham.

External roles and responsibilities

I am:

* A Priest in the Church of England and I hold permission to officiate in Birmingham Diocese.

* The External Examiner for the London School of Theology’s BATS programme.

* A member of the Methodist Anglican Panel for Unity and Mission.

* A member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, sitting on the Education sub-committee and have been a speaker on several training days.

* A member of the Society for the Study of Theology.

* A member of the Grove Doctrine Series Committee.

Research interests and supervision areas

I continue to be interested in Hooker’s theology and am working on two short articles looking at Hooker and Angels and Hooker and Law. Alongside this I am writing a Grove booklet that focusses on the doctrine of certainty and exploring how Hooker provides a creative and rich theological contribution to this debate.

Through my teaching in the area of denominational studies and also as a result of work with the Ecclesiastical Law Society I have been exploring how Canon Law, the 39 Articles and existing lay roles in the Church of England (particularly that of Church Wardens for example) have something to bring to the current conversations in the C of E in regard to mission and vocation. I am hoping to extend my research in this area.

My current writing project is in a very different area - focussing on women theologians from 1750-1950. I am exploring how, as a result of being excluded from mainstream theology in the Church and Academy, women continued to develop a theological voice in a variety of areas. I am hoping to identify how their work might complement and challenge the usual ‘canon’ and in what way they may offer a prophetic voice.

I would be interested in supervising doctoral studies in the following areas: Richard Hooker; Anglican identity; Ecumenical theology.

I would be interested in supervising doctoral studies in the following areas: Richard Hooker; Anglican Ecclesiology and identity.

Publications
  • ‘Finding God in the Darkness; A fresh look at Richard Hooker’s A Learned and Comfortable Sermon of the Certaintie and Perpetuitie of the Faith in the Elect’ Perichoresis Volume 12. Issue 1 (2014): 77-92
  • Richard Hooker. Beyond Certainty (Ashgate, 2016)