Revd Dr Allison Fenton

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RoleTutor for Anglican Admissions
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Room 23, New Building

I started at Queen's in January 2021. One of the things which attracted me here was Queen’s commitment to ecumenical working, accompanied by a confidence in both Methodist and Anglican identities.

Following my first degree, which was in English, I worked for several years as an English teacher, and eventually as a Religious Studies teacher.

In 2000 I started training as a Reader in the Diocese of Durham and then in 2006 I joined Cranmer Hall to train for ordained ministry. Since then, I have served in parishes in Newcastle and Durham dioceses; I have also worked in ministerial training and formation for lay and ordained ministers in the North East and Cumbria.

I completed my doctoral studies in 2017; my thesis was entitled: ‘An Ethnography of Baptism: Meaning-Making for Mothers in the North-East of England.’

I live on site at Queens’ with my husband, Jon, my Bedlington Terrier Wiggins and, from time to time, one of my three adult sons. I enjoy swimming, walking, gardening art, music and cookery.

1987Durham University English Language and Medieval Literature BA (Hons)
1990Durham University PGCE English and Drama
2008Cranmer Hall, DurhamMATM (distinction)
2017Durham UniversityDThM

Co-edited, Modern Believing special edition ‘Childlessness’, Vol 60:2 April 2019

Book review: ‘Broken bodies: the Eucharist, Mary and the body in trauma theology.’ Practical Theology, 12(1), January 2019, pp. 106–107

‘A Case Study: Elaine Graham and The Good City’ in Stephen Burns and Anita Monro (eds) Public Theology and the Challenge of Feminism, (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).

‘A Response to Postnatal Depression: Should we bring back Churching?’ in Theology and Ministry, St John’s College, 2012,

Research Interests
  • Theology of Mothering/Childlessness
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Feminist Practical Theology
  • Christening/Baptism