Revd Gary Hall

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Job Title Methodist Oversight Tutor / Lecturer in Practical Theology
Telephone 0121 452 2627
Room no. Room 40, New Building
Twitter @rilkes_tiger

Before joining the tutorial team at Queen’s in 2010, I ran the Formation in World Mission programme for the Methodist Church, based at the United College of the Ascension until its closure, working with ecumenical partners in the UK, Latin America and India in particular. Formative episodes prior to that included time with the Taizé community, and work on a rural labour gang.

MA1987University of Cambridge
MPhil1994University of Birmingham
PGCE1989University of Cambridge
PhDUniversity of Birmingham (completion 2016)
Roles at Queen's

As a tutor in the Centre for Ministerial Formation, I share responsibility for oversight and stationing of Methodist student ministers. I am regularly working with students on social justice activities and reflection. In addition to the teaching I am regularly supervising research dissertations. 

I have developed and delivered a variety of courses in:

  • Mission and Ministry
  • Mission and Globalisation
  • Theology After Modernity
  • Theology in the Marketplace (consumerism and economics)
  • Ethics
  • Preaching
  • Christian Spiritualities
  • Autobiographical Theology and Writing
  • Contextual Theology for attachment-based learning
  • Uses of Doctrine
  • Discipleship. 
External roles and responsibilities

As a Methodist Minister, I had circuit responsibilities in Leeds (1993-99) and Leicester (1999-2004). Both were priority appointments with close ecumenical partnership in dynamic and challenging contexts. I joined the Connexional Team in 2004 and moved to Birmingham.

It has been a privilege to continue preaching and leading worship with local Methodist and Anglican churches around Birmingham and beyond, and to join in other aspects of local church life. I have contributed to the work of the wider Methodist Church in various ways such as writing for the Faith and Order Committee, writing part of the new training programme for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders, and leading research into the experiences of ministers transferring from overseas to the UK. Writing for preachers and worship leaders in Roots and previously in Worship and Preaching, is an extension of our work here at Queen’s. I am editor of The Merton Journal and regularly lead events or present at conferences on Merton in this country and abroad.

Research interests and publications

Teaching has covered a broad range of subjects, sometimes called inter-disciplinary. The consistent theme has been research into how we read and respond to the world as we currently experience it, from our many and varied perspectives, in light of our reception of Christian faith. Economic and social theory, media and culture studies, liberation theologies and monastic traditions, contemplation and attention, epistemology and poetics, postmodern theologies and mysticism have all been part of a continually developing practical theological enterprise. I continue to research in learning and teaching, and practices of ministry. My doctoral work is in hermeneutics, communication and counter-consciousness, through an extensive study of Thomas Merton and his readers. 

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