Revd Dr Emma Ineson, BA, MPhil, PhD



A bit about me

I was brought up in Kenya, where my parents were helping to train Kenyan teachers. After degrees at Birmingham University in English language and Linguistics, my PhD research looked at power and authority in the language of worship, and the interface between language and faith continues to fascinate me.

I actually trained for ordination here at Trinity, at the same time as my husband Mat, before going on to a job-share curacy in the Diocese of Sheffield. We spent four years as chaplains of the Lee Abbey community in Devon, a time which instilled in me the absolute necessity in Christian life of community as a primary focus for transformation and formation. That’s a theme I continue to pursue for the community here at Trinity today.

I have been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England since 2010, representing theological colleges. I am a member of the Faith and Order Commission and Chair of the TEI Principals’ Steering Group.

My history with the college also involves being on staff previously, as I was a member of the faculty for seven years as a Tutor in Practical and Pastoral Theology before leaving to become Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill. I returned to Trinity as its Principal in April 2014. Mat is vicar of the church opposite the college, St Mary Magdalene, Stoke Bishop, which means a short commute to work! We have two teenage children, and in my spare time (!!) I love cooking and walking our two dogs.

My research interests

Although a linguist and liturgist by background I now find my research interests to be more in the area of practical theology; most especially in gender studies, charismatic theology, preaching, spirituality and leadership.

How to get in touch with me

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Some highlights of my work

2015  Wrote two weeks of reflections on 1 Timothy for the Reflections for Daily Prayer series (Church House Publishing).

2014  ‘Gender Sensitive Preaching: Reading as a Woman’, Text Message: The Centrality of Scripture in Preaching, Thomas G. Long, Ian Stackhouse, and Oliver D. Crisp (eds.), (Eugene OR: Wipf and Stock).

2013  ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, Women and Men in Scripture: A Study Course for Local Churches, Steven Croft and Paula Gooder (eds.), (Norwich: Canterbury Press).

2014  ‘Finding a home in the Kingdom of God’, Pilgrim Follow Book 4: The Beatitudes (Church House Publishing).

2007  Busy Living: Blessing not Burden (London: Continuum).

2007  ‘Preaching at Funerals’, Common Worship Living Word Special Occasions, Jane Williams (ed.), (Chawton: Redemptorist Publications).

2007  ‘Baptism’ and ‘Holy Communion’, Doxa: A Discipleship Course (London: DLT).

2007  Celebrating Community: God’s Gift to Today’s World, co-editor with Chris Edmondson (London: DLT).

Latest blog posts

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 […]

When God speaks through community

[This post was originally a testimony shared last week by current Trinity student Amy White in chapel with our community of residential students.] There are many testimonies that I could share about God’s faithfulness in my life over the years, but today I want to share with you about how he has been working in […]