The Reverend Canon Dr Adrian Chatfield
Roles at Ridley:
- Tutor in Christian Life and Thought
- Tutor for the Centre for Pioneer Learning
- Director of the Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life
- Director of Studies for sabbatical guests
When Adrian is not teaching, he is most likely to be found somewhere between the Chapel and the Prayer Room. He is responsible for coordinating the community's corporate worship, not least in ensuring that we worship in ways that are faithful to the Anglican character but also reflect the many different church traditions and cultures from which we come.
With the Chaplain, he also helps to guide the spiritual formation of students and shape our common journey as disciples, so this involves him in spiritual direction, the planning of Quiet Days and the nurturing of a life of prayer at the centre of the Hall.
Over the years he has taught modules in many parts of the curriculum, and currently teaches in Biblical Theology, Christianity and the Arts, Anglicanism and Contemporary Spirituality. He is a member of the Life and Service team, to which he contributes on Worship and Anglican studies. He has a particular passion for the church today to be both faithful to the gospel and relevant to the cultures in which it is placed, and works both with the Centre for Pioneer Learning and the national Fresh Expressions team, not least in the areas of worship and prayer.
He cares very much that Christian leaders live healthy and balanced lives, and tries to model that at Ridley by running and cycling, by sharing a passion for photography with Jill and by not taking himself too seriously!
Adrian was born in Trinidad, and brought up there and in Brazil. After training for ministry at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, he worked in parish ministry for 15 years in Trinidad and North Devon.
For over 20 years, he has been a theological educator at St John's College Nottingham, TEE College Johannesburg and Wycliffe Hall Oxford, while continuing in non-stipendiary parish ministry.
He is married to Jill, with two children, four granddaughters, and heads for the nearest mountain whenever he gets a chance.
Roles outside Ridley
Adrian is actively involved in ministry outside of Ridley, both in Ely diocese and on a national and international level.
He works within the Lordsbridge Team of Churches as a priest with permission to officiate, and serves on the Ely Diocesan Deliverance Team. He is also a member of the Fresh Expressions National Team.
Adrian maintains contact with his time working at the Theological Education by Extension College in Johannesburg through his current position as an External Examiner for the college, and also acts as Commissary for the Diocese of Christ the King in Southern Gauteng.
Adrian has written many distance learning programmes, and authored Something in Common, an introduction to Anglicanism, available in Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili. It is currently being translated into French and Korean.
He acted as Consultant to the Editor of The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality, produced as a resource for the 2008 Lambeth Conference.
He contributed two chapters to the BRF 2011 publication Pioneers 4 Life, and is working on a distance learning History of Christianity from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Adrian is supervising a number of doctorates, through Anglia Ruskin University and through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He is particularly interested in radical contemporary and historical forms of Christianity, and has a long term specialist interest in Pentecostal and charismatic practice.
In addition to this, he would be pleased to consider requests for supervision in the academic disciplines of Spirituality, Christianity and Literature and African or Afro-Caribbean Christianity.