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|Job Title||Director of Anglican Formation and Tutor in Liturgy and Worship|
|Telephone||0121 452 2667|
|Room no.||Mezz 4, New Building|
I have been teaching at Queen’s since 2007, and find it a fabulously stimulating place to work, with such a diverse range of colleagues and students. Way back, I trained as a Civil Engineer at Loughborough University, and for a short while worked in sewage. The link between liturgy and sewage? – both rely on good flow.
1987 BA (Hons) Civil Engineering Loughborough University 1991 BA (Hons) Theology Durham University
- Roles at Queen's
My teaching focuses around liturgy and worship and I have also contributed to modules to do with ministerial practice, spirituality and Anglican identity.
I am the Director of Anglican Formation, which means overseeing the training of our Anglican ordinands, and working closely with Jane Craske, my Methodist colleague, with whom I co-direct the Centre for Ministerial Formation at Queen’s.
I also oversee chapel-related matters, such as our worship rotas and pattern of services.
- External roles and responsibilities
I am a Church of England presbyter, ordained deacon in 1991 and presbyter in 1992. I have served in a range of churches of different traditions with the Church of England, across a range of dioceses (including Leicester, Rochester, and Wakefield). I was Minister-in-Charge of an Anglican-Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) church just outside Chatham, and before I came to Queen’s I was Team Rector of Morley, in West Yorkshire, for five years. Between 1997 and 2002 I worked for Praxis, a Church of England organisation committed to liturgical renewal and education as their National Education Officer, and played a part in helping the Church to understand and use the (then) new Common Worship services.
I am a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission, and chair the Group for Renewal of Worship (GROW), which produces booklets in the Grove Worship series.
- Research interests
Since ordination, my writing and teaching has mainly been in the areas of practical theology, and especially the practicalities of leading and planning worship. I was privileged to end up in the right place at the right time when the Church of England’s Common Worship services were being produced, and have a continuing research interest not only in the use of those services, but also in the deeper questions about how churches balance local and contextual needs with wider and ‘catholic’ connectedness and accountability when it comes to worship. For the future, I’m interested in how ecumenism will develop in an increasingly ‘post-denominational’ church scene, and how this will impact on Christian worship.
- Beyond Common Worship: Anglican Identity and Liturgical Diversity (SCM Press, 2013)
- Worship That Cares: An Introduction to Pastoral Liturgy (SCM Press, 2012)
- Finding Your Way Around Common Worship: A Simple Guide (CHP, 2011) -
- Connecting with Baptism: a practical guide to Christian initiation today, (CHP, 2007) – co-editor (with Trevor Lloyd and Ian Tarrant)
- Liturgical Worship: a fresh look – how it works; why it matters, (CHP, 2002) -
- Producing Your Own Orders of Service (CHP/Praxis, 2000)
- Common Worship Today, (HarperCollins, 2001; St John’s Extension Studies, 2007) – co-editor (with Gilly Myers)