I started as a full-time tutor here in 2012, and I really enjoy the work. My specific role, with ‘world’ in the title twice, constantly reminds me that I will never be on top of it! After all, global Christianity and religious diversity are vast, diverse and very dynamic subjects. Nevertheless, I enjoy glimpsing, and helping others to glimpse, the array of perspectives which invites us to see our faith in new ways, build relationships across all sorts of borders, and act in solidarity with any who suffer injustice.
My particular interests are: mission in the contemporary context of ‘Empire’ (the complex of economic and cultural forces dominating the globalised world); the theology of Andrew Shanks and its interaction with mission; theologies of religion (how might we account for and assess religious diversity?); and, more locally, developing links with the Faith Network 4 Manchester.
I am a Congregational minister. I was prepared for ministry at Northern College and ministered with Lees Street Congregational Church in inner Manchester (2002 to 2012, part-time), where I also supervised some student ministers. Alongside that, first I studied for a PhD with the University of Leeds, with the vital help of the Mona Powell Fellowship (Northern College) and a CWM scholarship. As my research drew to a close, I taught at Luther King House half-time (2007-8), then reworked my thesis for publication (Christ and the Other (2010)) and was employed by the Congregational Federation in training development. I continue to be a volunteer tutor on the CF’s Foundation Degree in Practical Theology. Several CWM experiences have been hugely significant, including a global ecumenical conference concerned with theology and economics, and a Bible Study project: ‘mission in the midst of Empire’.
I am married to Sheryl and we have a young daughter, Bethan.