Personal profile

Biography

Andrew is Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Programme Leader for Theology, Mission and Practice. For the academic year 2023-24, Andrew is teaching Introduction to Theological Formation (FdA), Theological Reflection on Practice (FdA), Engaging Scripture (FdA) and Advanced Questions in Practical Theology (DTh).

Andrew's earlier studies were at the Universities of Bristol and Nottingham. His subsequent theological studies were at London School of Theology and King's College London.

Qualifications

BSc, PGCE, BA, MA, PhD, SFHEA

Research interests

Bible and practice, and the use of the Bible in practical theology; 'Congregational hermeneutics' - that is, the hermeneutical practices of Bible readers in congregations; Black Majority Churches, especially aesthetics and growth; Faith, place & planning, including theologies of place; interdisciplinary issues between theology and social science; aspects of evangelicalism and pentecostalism; aspects of contemporary ecclesiology. Doctoral proposals are welcomed in any of these areas.

Research projects

Andrew is a co-investigator on The Faith Long Lived project led by Dr Ash Cocksworth. It is subtitled "An Ecumenical Study of Experiences of Saying Creeds through the Christian Life" and fieldwork is currently underway within Methodist, Anglican, Baptist, Roman Catholic and Vineyard churches in the Roehampton area. See the link for more details.

Andrew co-commissioned and co-supervised the project 'Traditions and Trajectories of British and Irish Practical Theology as evidence in the history of BIAPT's Journal'. This was a jointly funded project by BIAPT and Contact Pastoral Trust in 2019, leading to the production of a conference paper and journal article, as well as an interactive timeline of the journal's development since the 1960s. This was prompted by the 25th anniversary of BIAPT. The co-comissioners and supervisors were Professor Nicola Slee and Dr Helen Cameron. Dr Stephen Roberts was the project researcher.

Andrew was the principal investigator for Signs of Wonder, a project that sought to explore the theological significance of new black majority churches' iconography and aesthetic practices as seen in their distinctive signboards, banners, websites, media products and places of worship, with a view to informing better understanding of nBMCs cultural and theological worldviews. The project ran from Sept to Dec 2017.

Andrew was academic consultant on the Religious Meeting Places project in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The project aimed to improve understanding of faith group facilities in the borough, both in terms of current provision and usage, as well as looking at future faith facility needs in the borough. The project ran from Jan to Sept 2017.

Andrew was the principal investigator on the AHRC Faith and Place network, running from Sept '14 to Feb '16. The Faith and Place network sought to bring together faith group representatives, academics from multiple disciplines, planners, policy makers and civil society organisations. The purpose was to address the critical issues surrounding faith, place and planning, especially for migrant and post-migrant faith groups.

Andrew was the principal investigator on the research project Being Built Together which ran from 2011-2013. This project was in partnership with Transform Southwark and Churches Together in South London, as well as many other interested parties. The aim of the project was to investigate the demographics and ecclesiology of new black majority congregations in the London Borough of Southwark.

Professional affiliations

Teaching

Congregational Hermeneutics, Theologial Reflection, Theological Formation, Mission, Practical Theology, Research Methods

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