Revd Dr Howard Worsley, BA, MA, PhD

Vice 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

(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

Retreat to Franciscan community

Over the weekend of 2-4 November, Trinity students were offered the opportunity to participate in a retreat to the Franciscan community of Hilfield Friary in Dorset. Eight students and missiology tutor Rev Dr Howard Worsley travelled there to join the resident community in their prayers, meals, and chores. ‘This trip, which we regularly organise as […]

New ‘dispersed learning’ track

Through Trinity College Bristol’s new dispersed learning track, ordinands have the option to train at Trinity without moving home. Dispersed learners can complete the Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission in two years or the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology, Ministry and Mission in three years, both accredited by Durham University. Trinity’s dispersed learners […]

Cross-cultural learning

Last summer three Trinity students engaged in learning experiences that broadened their understanding of the global church, and what it can mean to be a Christian and to be a vicar. Ordinand Rebecca Heath-Taylor completed a placement in Harare, Zimbabwe with a charity called Cross-Over. Cross-Over aims to meet the educational needs of poor communities […]

What is the Green Team?

This year, in allotting students’ jobs within the college community, the Student Exec has for the first time given three students the role of serving in a ‘Green Team’.   This group will be working with college kitchen and properties staff to consider how the Trinity community can take practical steps to become more sustainable […]