About me

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Current Activity

I teach worship and church history at Trinity College in Bristol.  I am an ordained priest in the Church of England and I help out at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road in Bristol.

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.

Over the years, I have been involved in the development of new forms of Church and in planting congregations, which led me to focus on Alternative Worship, Emerging Churches and Fresh Expressions of Church.

Study Interests

My principal subject of study has been 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.  My present active research interests are the relationship between worship and contemporary western culture, and also a return to focus upon the study of sacramental theology and patristics

Hobbies and Interests

I’m interested in computing, electronics and love all things to do with radio.  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 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 trinitycollegebristol dot ac dot uk (work) or digitaltheology at googlemail dot com (home).

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