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Director, Centre for Black Theology
0121 452 2676
Room 27, New Building
I have been at Queen’s since September 2014, and one of the things that attracted me here was the opportunity to work with students from Black majority Pentecostal churches. I am passionate about seeing a new generation of church leaders and ministers taking up the opportunity to engage in advanced theological studies.
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 & 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. In addition to my role as Director of the Centre for Black Theology, I am the lead tutor for Black Theology and also teach on the following modules:
- TMM1551 Spirituality & Discipleship
- TMM1437 Theological Reflection
- TMM1347 Introduction to Preaching
- TMM42220 Research and Reflection
- TMM42620 Theologies in Global Perspectives
I also chair and convene the monthly Black Theology Forum at Queen’s.
- Research interests and supervision
After a long career with the BBC as a radio presenter and producer, I am now spending more of my time researching and writing about Black Pentecostalism in Britain.
I am concerned about what I see is a lack of acknowledgement and inclusion of African Caribbean Pentecostalism in the academy. We will find that although Black Pentecostal congregations have been present in Britain for over 70 years, amongst the growing literature about Pentecostalism there is still a comparative lack of attention to the history, theology and practices of African Caribbean Pentecostals, especially its congregational worship and the growth of Black gospel music. These are areas that are covered in my forthcoming book.
As I continue to research 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 investigating and writing about all forms of Black Pentecostalism in Britain, both its history and contemporary contributions.
I am interested in supervising doctoral dissertations in the following areas: womanist theology, Black church history, and Black church liturgy.
- Migration, Mission and Music: Valuing the Legacy of African Caribbean Pentecostalism, Chapter 5, in World Christianity in Western Europe: Diaspora Identity, Narratives and Missiology, editor, Israel Oluwole Olofinjana, (2020). Oxford, Regnum Studies in Mission p 71 - 89.
- “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.