Revd Dr Judith Rossall

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Email j.rossall@queens.ac.uk
Telephone 0121 452 2614
Room no. Room 35, New Building

I have been a tutor at Queen’s and a member of the Centre for Ministerial Formation since 2013.

I studied theology at Durham University and Duke University, North Carolina, before returning to Durham to read for a doctorate under the supervision of first Dr Susan Hardman-Moore and then Prof. Daniel Hardy. The title of my doctorate was ‘God’s Activity and the Believer’s Experience in the Theology of John Calvin.’ This work allowed me to explore both the history of the Reformation as a context for Calvin’s theology and the relationship between theology and spirituality. I have a continuing interest in both of these areas. 

While completing my doctorate, I candidated for the Methodist Ministry and went on to be a Minister in the Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted Circuit and then the Guildford Circuit. Towards the end of my time at Guildford I wrote a series of dramas for use in worship which was published under the title ‘Living the Story’ by Kevin Mayhew Ltd. I was also able to keep up my interest in theology, occasionally lecturing in theology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

In 2003, I became a tutor at the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme in Salisbury (now the Sarum Ministries Program) where I taught (among other things) Church History, Doctrine and Preaching.  Whilst at STETS I was able to re-ignite my interest in historical theology and particularly the way in which understanding the context of a theologian’s work through a close and careful study of history often illuminates their theology. When STETS moved to teaching modules on-line, I set up and managed their Virtual Learning Environment. Towards the end of my time at STETS I became the Vice-Principal for Reflective Practice and led a team which oversaw the student’s work in local churches and on placements. 

Away from Queen’s I enjoy spending time with friends (which normally involves a remarkable number of coffee shops/ tea rooms and restaurants), walking and gardening. 

Qualifications
1984  BA (Hons) in Theology Durham University
1985 ThM Duke University, North Carolina
1991 PhD Durham University
Roles at Queen's

I teach Church History, some doctrine, Methodist Formation and Preaching. I am responsible for managing our VLE, alongside our team from registry and, along with colleagues, attempt to keep our Facebook page interesting and informative. 

External roles and responsibilities

I am an ordained Methodist minister. While at Guildford I was also Chaplain to the University of Surrey and to Farnham Road Hospital and District Probationers Secretary for the London South-West District. Throughout my years in Circuit I was very involved in Easter People, an annual festival led by Rob Frost. At STETS I was the Methodist Oversight Tutor.  Like most Methodists, I have been on more committees than I care to remember.

I am a member of the Project Management Group for Venture F/X (the Methodist Pioneering Ministries scheme) and of the Methodist Heritage Committee. I am also on the Board of the Methodist e-Academy. 

I am a Trustee of my local Foodbank and manage their website and Facebook page. I continue to preach and lead services for my local Circuit and further afield. 

Research interests and supervision areas

My research interests include both historical theology and also the interface between theology and ministerial practice. I have a longstanding project looking the theology of sin, guilt and shame, particularly in the context of a world which puts so much emphasis on self-esteem and considers sin to be an outmoded concept. 

I am interested in supervising doctoral or MA dissertations on any area of Church history or historical theology, I am particularly interested in all aspects of the sixteenth century Reformations (both Protestant and Catholic) and early evangelical and Methodist history. 

Publications
  • Living the Story (Kevin Mayhew, 2003)
  • Article on Calvin in The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality (Bloomsbury, 2012).