Trinity Welcomes Rev Dr Alison Walker

One of our Co-Vice Principals Revd Dr Donna Lazenby will soon be going on maternity leave and we are very pleased to announce that Trinity Alumnus Revd Dr Alison Walker will be working with us in a part-time capacity to provide cover for her tutor group and some lectures.

Alison trained here as an ordinand from 2014 to 2018, completing a Graduate Diploma and MA, as well as starting her doctorate in theology which she finished during curacy. She has just finished her curacy in Hereford Diocese, serving in the Wenlock Team of Parishes, a rural context of 14 churches in South Shropshire.

Her PhD was titled “A Place for Joining? The Theology of Willie James Jennings and the Anglican Parish.” Willie James Jennings is a leading international scholar, who is currently Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School. His first book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race won several awards and has become an essential text when attending to a theology of race. Alison’s work offered an assessment of the Anglican parish in the Church of England, applying the theology of Jennings to discern whether the parish and parish church can be a place of joining and belonging in the face of social exclusion, racism, and territorial claims on the parish.

Alison is excited to be returning to join the Trinity community. She is looking forward to joining the pattern of prayer and Holy Communion, as well as using this time to consider a vocation to formal theological education. She is passionate about equipping God’s people to serve His church.

Alison will be moving back to Bristol with her husband Paul, who will continue his work as a research scientist. They are both looking forward to being back in Bristol and resampling all this city has to offer, along with their cocker spaniel Oscar.

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