Revd Dr Howard Worsley, BA, MA, PhD

Vice Principal
Tutor in Missiology

 

A bit about me


I’ve been married to Ruth for 35 years (she is Bishop of Taunton)–we have three sons and, as of this year, a grandchild. I came to faith in Christ as a child and those early experiences have been dominant in my life journey leading me to work as a secondary school teacher, a Scripture Union worker, an Anglican vicar, a university teacher of theology, a director of education (in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and then in the Diocese of London), a chaplain in both the HE and FE sectors, and now as a theological educator.

My connecting themes are Contextual Theology and young people, and my interests are mainly to do with sport and travel. For sport I will be happily engaged talking rugby (a game I no longer play) or planning an expedition over a mountain or down a river. For travel I am happiest going by motorbike (preferably off-road and in remote places) or under sail.

My research interests


I am a researcher into children’s spirituality and their early perceptions. As a contextual theologian and an educationalist I am looking to span two major disciplines (theology and education) and to bring fresh eyes to the different contexts. These studies feed into my teaching on mission, apologetics, ethnography, and ‘learning for a learning Church’ and I publish regularly for academic journals in Christian education and in children’s spirituality. Currently, my doctoral students are researching public theology, church school education, and the impact of reading Scripture.

 

How to get in touch with me


Email me on howard.worsley@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.

Some highlights of my work


2019 How Not to Totally Put Your Children Off God: A Conversation on Christian Parenting Between a Father and His Sons (Lion Hudson).

2018 Wrote a chapter for the book Re-thinking Children’s Work in Churches (Jessica Kingsley).

(Forthcoming) ‘Should Theological Colleges Go Head to Head?’ (Journal of Adult Theological Education).

(Forthcoming)  Sleeping Beauty Awakens: Removing the Curse of Separation from Christian Education (Paternoster).

2015  Co-editor, Being Christian in Education: Faith Perspectives on Practice and Policy (Canterbury Press Norwich).

2014  ‘Dealing with Thorny Issues,’ Being a Curate: Stories of What It’s Really Like (SPCK Publishing).

2014  Editor, Anglican Church School Education: Moving Beyond the First Two Hundred Years (London: Bloomsbury Publishing).

2013  What Motivates Christian Educational Practitioners? Theology as a School Resource (Cambridge: Grove Books Ltd).

2009  Contributor, Through the Eyes of a Child: New Insights in Theology from a Child’s Perspective (Church House Publishing).

2009  A Child Sees God: Children Talk About Bible Stories (London: JK Publishers).

 

 

 

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