Revd Dr Howard Worsley, BA, MA, PhD

Interim Principal
Tutor in Missiology


A bit about me

I’ve been married to Ruth for 31 years (she is Bishop of Taunton) and we have three sons. 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.

How to get in touch with me

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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).




Latest blog posts

Habakkuk: Trusting God through injustice

Trinity Tutor in Old Testament Rev Dr David Firth discusses how Habakkuk wrestles with the difficulty of continuing to trust in God whilst living in a situation of ongoing oppression and injustice, with ideas as to how you might preach and teach this lesser known book. For those unfamiliar with Habakkuk, can you provide a […]

Race and the Church

During a diversity plenary week, Trinity students thought more deeply about issues related to disability, race, and the church. Three Trinity students shared their own personal reflections regarding race and church with our community. Mary Hotchkiss is an ordinand completing a Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission. No person of colour is the same, nor […]

New principal announced

We are delighted to announce that the Revd Dr Sean Doherty will be the next principal of Trinity College. The announcement was made today to students at college, with the opportunity afterward to meet and chat with Sean and his wife, Gaby. Sean has served as Tutor in Ethics at St Mellitus College in London […]

Retreat Day, through the eyes of our students

On Wednesday, 30 January, our students participated (along with students and faculty from Bristol Baptist College) in a college retreat day. They chose from among eleven options for the day, which included a cycling pilgrimage, an off-site Quiet Day, a Franciscan walk through Leigh Woods, an artistic session on Bible journalling, a songwriters’ retreat, a […]