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Director, Centre for Black Theology
0121 452 2676
Room 27, New Building
I have been a tutor at Queen’s since September 2014. One of the things that attracted me to Queen’s was the opportunity to develop relationships with Black majority churches for the learning and formation of their pastors, ministers and members, and to teach and be the personal tutor for students from these churches. I am a layperson, and I have been part of ‘Black Pentecostalism’ since I was six weeks old! I am a ‘PK’ (a Pastor’s kid) with experience of a variety of roles within a church context (Sunday school teacher, youth leader, church secretary, praise and worship leader and musician).
My earlier qualifications are in social sciences. I first trained as a psychiatric nurse and then as a social worker before working as a probation officer, which included a ‘stretch’ in two prisons. I then went into FE and HE teaching and training in health and social care, and my main teaching areas were research and equality, diversity and rights.
University of Birmingham
MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice
PGCE FE and Training
- Roles and responsibilities at Queen's
I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am the lead tutor for Black and Asian Theology, Black Transformative ministries, and supervise students undertaking independent research. Additionally, I have taught on the following modules:
- TMM1521 Spirituality & Discipleship
- TMM1437 Theological Reflection
- TMM1347 Introduction to Preaching
- TMM42220 Research and Reflection
- TMM42620 Theologies in Global Perspectives
I am a personal tutor to students from Black majority churches and contribute to their ministerial learning, training and formation. I am also the lead tutor for the new Taster course that started at Queen's in May 2016, which is designed to better support, prospective students, primarily from Black majority churches anticipating studying at Queen’s.
I also chair and convene the monthly Black Theology Forum at Queen’s and maintain the view that theology is ‘God talk’ for everybody – scholars, church leaders, congregants, students, community activists, and non-believers.
- External roles and responsibilities
Away from my work at Queen’s, I am a broadcast journalist with over 25 years of broadcasting experience with the BBC. For some 21 years I produced and presented a live weekly gospel music show ‘In the Spirit with Dulcie Dixon’ that I started in January 1990. I have won multiple awards, and in my role as a broadcaster I have worked with and interviewed countless church leaders and gospel music artists worldwide. Some of my favorite interviews have been with legendary and contemporary artists such as the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Shirley Caesar, the late Andrea Crouch, the late Milton Brunson, The Winans, Helen Baylor, Vicki Winans, Donnie McClurkin, and Fred Hammond – to name a few. Before it became the ‘Denise Williams show’, I also presented ‘The Gospel Train’ on BBC Radio 2, where I had the joy of travelling across the UK to record live congregational worship with notable UK gospel choirs, groups, soloists and musicians. My broadcasting role has enabled me to forge close links and to continue working with a wide range of Black church leaders, ministries and gospel music artists. Since January 2011, I have been a broadcast journalist presenting a current affairs programme on local BBC, which includes gospel music. Now, more than ever, I have a deeper appreciation of theology outside of a church context. Occasionally, I say ‘yes’ to invitations to compere musical and community events.
- Research interests and supervision
I am presently working towards turning my PhD thesis into a book. As a ‘child’ of African Caribbean Pentecostalism, I am concerned about what I see is a lack of discourse in the academy regarding the contribution of the first generation of African Caribbean Pentecostals in Britain to global Christianity. You will find that although African Caribbean Pentecostal congregations have been present in Britain for some 70 years, amongst the growing literature about Pentecostalism, there is a comparative lack of treatment to the history, theology and practices of African Caribbean Pentecostalism. As I continue to work towards charting the contribution of African Caribbean Pentecostalism to global Christianity, I am encouraging past, present and future students of Queen’s to discern the value in Black Pentecostal origins, its historical development and ongoing contribution, particularly in Britain.
I am interested in supervising doctoral dissertations in the following areas: Black practical theology, Black gospel music, Black church history, Black homiletics, Black hymnody, and Womanist theology.
- “The Future of the Past- Forging a historical Context for Black Gospel Music as a Tradition amongst African Caribbean Pentecostals in Post-War Britain.” PhD Thesis (March 2014) University of Birmingham.
- “Toward Teaching Black Theology through Black Gospel Music in Britain.” Discourse 8, no. 2 (2009): p 127 – 171.
- “Black British Theology in Black British Gospel Music” Chapter 3 in Post-Colonial Black British Theology – New Textures and Themes, edited by Michael N. Jagessar and Anthony G. Reddie (2007). Peterborough; Epworth p 25 – 29.