Thanks for visiting my blog. Here are some words about me for the inquisitive ones out there.
I am Director of Anglican Formation and Tutor in Worship at Trinity College in Bristol. Trinity College offers a wide and diverse range of ministry training. My responsibility is particularly for those students in the college who are training to be ordained into the Anglican Church. I also teach and research in the area of Christian worship, particularly on its relationship to mission. I have an active interest in the development of new forms of Church in planting congregations which related to contemporary forms of Western culture, which leads me to focus on Alternative Worship, Emerging Churches and Fresh Expressions of Church.
Qualifications and Previous Experience
My first degree is from Manchester University, where I studied theology. I then went on to do a Ph.D. also at Manchester. I did my ministerial formation at St John’s College in Nottingham. My doctoral thesis was on the initiation rites of the Catholic Apostolic Church: a nineteenth century church with adventist, liturgical and charismatic emphases.
Prior to taking up my present post I was Dean of Non-residential Training at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, where I oversaw the delivery of ministerial training across the Church in Wales to people training to be ordained non-stipendiary Anglican priests and licenced lay ministers.
I was in Anglican parish ministry at the Bristol parishes of Cotham and St Paul’s in Clifton, where I served as vicar for nine years. During that time I served on the General Synod of the Church of England and the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission. Before that, I was lecturer in Worship and Doctrine at Trinity College in Bristol, where I presently teach.
My principal subject of study is worship and liturgy. From a grounding in liturgical studies, I developed an interest in alternative worship and postmodern forms of church. This involved the setting up of an alternative congregation in 1994, which after many guises, is presently called Foundation. With Steve Collins, I co-host alternativeworship.org, a gateway for anyone researching into Alternative Worship and new forms of church. You can read articles written by me about Alternative Worship by following the links on this blog.
I’m married to Sharon, and we have two children, currently both postgraduate students.
Hobbies and Interests
I’m interested in computing, radio and electronics. I have been known to do some programming and IT management, but nowadays only for exorbitant rates which nobody can afford. I also love cycling: I commute by bike and train to work, tour when time and inclination permits and presently own three bikes: a Reynolds 531 classic tourer, a Brompton and a Marin hybrid.
If you want to contact me, you can try electrically mailing me at paul dot roberts at trinity-bris dot ac dot uk (work) or digitaltheology at googlemail dot com (home).