Dr Grace Milton

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Since completing my PhD in 2014 I have worked at the University of Birmingham in a variety of roles.  As a Teaching Fellow I taught undergraduates and postgraduates alike as well as supervising postgraduate taught and research students.  Most recently I have been working as a Research Fellow with the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion.  My research interests lie in Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity, Religious Conversion and Practical Theology broadly.  From April 2018 I will be working on The Hyphen Project: Cultural Conflict to Religious Transition as part of the Cadbury Centre.  This two-year, Paton-funded project investigates cultural conflicts faced by minority ethnic Christian converts in the UK, during times of life change (e.g. births, deaths, marriages), in order to better equip pastoral carers and support community reconciliation.

Qualifications

PhD

2014

University of Birmingham

MA Religion and Culture

2009

University of Birmingham

BA (Hons) Theology

2007

University of Exeter

External roles and responsibilities

I have taught on the following modules during my time as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, 2014-2016:

Undergraduate:

  • Religion and the Arts (module leader)
  • Living Theology (module leader)
  • Introduction to the History of Christianity 
  • Use and Interpretation of the Bible
  • Introduction to the Study of Religion

Postgraduate (Distance Learning)

  • Evangelical and Pentecostal Hermeneutics
  • Evangelical and Pentecostal Approaches to Music and Worship
  • Contemporary Theology of the Holy Spirit Research Methods

I have the pleasure of attending a local Charismatic Anglican church and lead a weekly Home Group.  In addition I have been particularly active in supporting the Alpha Course in a number of roles over the past five years as group host, guest speaker and as part of the course leadership team. I am a member of the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology.  

In addition to teaching and research, I have experience of administration which I most recently put to use as the Summer School administrative co-ordinator for the Practical Theology Professional Doctorate Summer School from January – July 2016.

Research interests and supervision areas

From April 2018 I will be working on The Hyphen Project: Cultural Conflict to Religious Transition.  This two-year, Paton-funded project investigates cultural conflicts faced by minority ethnic Christian converts in the UK, during times of life change, in order to better equip pastoral carers and support community reconciliation.  My doctoral research was published by Brill in their Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies series under the title Shalom, the Spirit and Pentecostal Conversion: a practical-theological study, in 2015.  I also regularly present conference and seminar papers on the subjects of religious conversion, Pentecostal/Charismatic theology and religion and the arts.  

I have supervised research projects at undergraduate, Masters and MRes levels as well as consulting on doctoral theses.  I would be interested in supervising doctoral dissertations in the following areas: 

  • Religious Conversion
  • Pentecostal / Charismatic Theology
  • Practical Theology (particularly of the Family)
  • Religion and the Arts.  

I have also acted as external examiner for a DThMin thesis on Spiritual Formation in a Black Pentecostal congregation.

Publications

Books

  • Milton, G. (2015) Shalom, the Spirit and Pentecostal Conversion: a practical-theological study (Leiden: Brill)

Book Reviews

  1. (Upcoming 2018) “Philip Salim Francis – When Art Disrupts Religion: Aesthetic experience and the Evangelical mind”, Practical Theology
  2. (June 2016) “Alan Rathe – Evangelicals, Worship and Participation”, Practical Theology, 9(1): 88-89
  3. (May/June 2016) “Mark J. Cartledge – The Mediation of the Spirit: Interventions in Practical Theology”, Theology, 119(3): 73-74
  4.  (June 2015) “Martyn Percy and Pete Ward (eds) – The Wisdom of the Spirit: Gospel, Church and Culture”, Practical Theology, 8(2): 158-160
  5. (Sep/Oct 2013) “Christopher A. Stephenson – Types of Pentecostal Theology: Method, System, Spirit”.  Theology, 116(5): 364-365.
  6. (Mar/Apr 2013) “Nimi Wariboko – The Pentecostal Principle”. Theology, 116(2): 147-148.

Guest Blog Posts

  1. “Asylum Seeker Conversions: misconceptions inherent in the public response” The Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion (9 Feb, 2018) https://blog.bham.ac.uk/cpur/2018/02/09/asylum-seeker-conversions-misconceptions-inherent-in-the-public-response/
  2. " Reflecting on the ‘Holy Family’ this advent” Fostering, Adoption and the Church (27 Nov, 2015) https://fosteringadoptionandthechurch.wordpress.com/