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Director of Ministry, Church of England Birmingham.
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0121 426 0400
As Director of Ministry I hold responsibility for the development of licensed, authorised and commissioned ministries in Church of England Birmingham, working in close liaison with other Bishop’s Officers to take forward the reimagining of ministry in ways appropriate for the Birmingham city-region context. This continuing ministerial development work is often undertaken in collaboration with the six dioceses of the West Midlands Region.
Doctor of Practical Theology
University of Birmingham.
Master of Arts
University of Cambridge.
Certificate in Theology for Ministry
Westcott House, Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges.
BA Hons English
University of Sussex.
- Roles and responsibilities
Ordained in 1987 in Lichfield Diocese, I have served as Incumbent of an inner-urban, inter-cultural parish and Chair of a Healthy Living Community Centre. I have also served as a University Chaplain, Hospital Chaplain, and Youth Worker, as well as Tutor in the University of Cambridge.
I am a Chaplain to HM The Queen; County Chaplain for St John Ambulance West Midlands; Honorary Canon Birmingham Cathedral; Birmingham representative for the Anglican Centre Rome; Trustee, St Peter Saltley Foundation; Montgomery Trust Lecturer in Christian Apologetics. I have close links with several Religious Communities.
I am Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Visiting Scholar, Sarum College.
My main teaching interests are in Practical Theology and Christian Spirituality, especially in relation to gender and sexuality, poetry and religious faith, and reflexive methodology in PT qualitative research at BA, MA and post-graduate research level.
- Research interests and supervision
As a Practical Theologian I am interested particularly in areas of literature and theology – particularly poetry in PT and theology & creative arts; gender, sexuality, and spirituality – particularly men and masculinities; and in professional practice – particularly the contribution of poetry in reflective practice and ministerial development.I have experience of supervising research at undergraduate, MA and MPhil levels.
I am a published poet and member of the theologian-poet group The Diviners.
Finding a Voice: men, women and the community of the church. SCM Press 1996.
Literary Companion to the Lectionary. SPCK 2001.
Literary Companion for Festivals. SPCK 2003.
Journeying with Mark (with J. Woodward & P. Gooder). SPCK 2011, Westminster-John Knox Press 2017.
Journeying with Luke (with J. Woodward & P. Gooder). SPCK 2012.
Journeying with Matthew (with J. Woodward & P. Gooder). SPCK 2013.
Journeying with John (with J. Woodward & P. Gooder). SPCK 2014, Westminster John-Knox Press 2016. Making Nothing Happen: Five Poets Explore Faith and Spirituality (with G. D’Costa, E. Nesbitt, R. Shelton, N. Slee). Ashgate 2014.
Numerous articles and reviews, including:
‘Celebrating the Saints’ in Liturgical Spirituality: Anglican Reflections on the Church’s Prayer, ed. Stephen Burns. Seabury Books, 2013.
‘A Pilgrimage to My Own Self? R.S. Thomas and the Poetic Character of Reflective Ministry’ in Moving on in Ministry, ed. Tim Ling. CHP, 2013.