Revd Dr Jonathan Dean

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Job Title Director, Centre for Continuing Ministerial Development
Director of Studies (taught postgraduate programmes)
Email deanj@queens.ac.uk
Telephone 0121 452 2611
Room no. Room 31, New Building
Twitter @jon__dean
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I joined the staff of Queen’s in 2015, after almost a decade as a minister, university chaplain and assistant professor in the Chicago area. Before that, I served the Methodist Church in the Cambridge and Milton Keynes circuits, including experience as a chaplain to an NCH Family Centre, and to H.M.P. Woodhill. I was also a local tutor for the Eastern Region Ministry Course, and an examiner for Cambridge University’s degree in Theology for Ministry.

My doctoral research, conducted under the supervision of Professor Eamon Duffy, examined the character of English Reformation Catholicism through the work and legacy of Archdeacon Nicholas Harpsfield. I continue to research and write in the area of early modern Church history, and am particularly interested in the interplay of historical spirituality and contemporary practical ministry. 

Qualifications
1996MAClassical Languages and Literature, Oxford University
2000MATheology and Religious Studies, Cambridge University
2004PhDReformation Studies, Cambridge University
Roles at Queen's

I am involved in the delivery of a number of courses relating to the history of Christianity, and Christian spirituality for public ministry. I am also one of the tutors assigned to the level 6 and 7 courses relating to theological reflection on the practice and context of ministry, and I share responsibility for the delivery of some interfaith teaching, particularly those elements related to community ministry and public worship.

  • Director of Queen’s new Centre for Continuing Ministerial Development, which oversees the continued formation of Methodist probationers and Anglican curates and offers a range of opportunities for learning and growth for those with more experience.
  • Director of Studies and Programme Leader for taught postgraduate programmes (PGCert, PGDip and M.A.)
  • Methodist Tutor in the Centre for Ministerial Formation
  • Staff lead for Prevent Duty obligations and implementation 
  • Shared responsibility for the Methodist connexional supervision course.
External roles and responsibilities

I am an ordained Methodist minister. I was a member of the editorial committee of the Epworth Press, and of the Milton Keynes Churches’ Council. In Chicago, I was co-chair of DuPage United, a broad-based organisation bringing communities of faith together for the common good, affiliated to the Industrial Areas Foundation, and served in a number of leadership roles for the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

I am currently a member of the Methodist Church’s Faith and Order Committee, its Local Preachers and Worship Leaders Studies Board, and the British Methodist – Roman Catholic dialogue.

Research interests and supervision

I’m interested in the narrative historical ‘arc’ connecting the Reformation, especially in England, to the Methodist movement in which my own ministry finds its rooting, but also in the spiritualities of this period in England, among which are some of the most original and captivating voices in all times and contexts: Thomas More, Thomas Cranmer, Lancelot Andrewes, George Herbert, Thomas Traherne and the Wesleys themselves. I continue to be fascinated by the ways in which the Church of England’s self-understanding evolved and was shaped by the forces within and outside it, and remain passionate about reclaiming Methodist theology as a vital expression of an essentially Anglican way of seeing God, mission and human identity. My interests are thus also deeply rooted in my own exercise of ordained public ministry, and my absolute commitment to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and reconciliation.

I currently advise and supervise students at both Masters and doctoral levels, on issues relating to practical ministry and early modern Christianity. I would welcome enquiries from those interested in the English Reformation, early Methodism and Methodist theological emphases, and in ecumenical approaches to spirituality, ministry and mission.

Publications

Books

  • Servitude and Freedom: Reading the Christian Tradition (Epworth Press, 2009)
  • God Truly Worshipped: The Writings of Thomas Cranmer (Canterbury Press, 2012)
  • A Heart Strangely Warmed: The Writings of John and Charles Wesley (Canterbury Press, 2014).


Book Chapters and Articles

  • ‘Spontaneity, Tradition and Renewal’ in Marsh et al, Unmasking Methodist Theology (Continuum, 2004)
  • ‘Mystics and Pharisees: Methodist Identity in an Ecumenical Age’, in Epworth Review, October 2007 (Fernley Hartley Lecture at the British Methodist Conference)
  • ‘A Biblical Faith’ in Curran and Shier-Jones, Methodist Present Potential (Epworth Press, 2009)