Chris Pemberton

Contact information:

The Revd Chris Pemberton

Roles at Ridley:

Pastoral Tutor
Member of Simeon Centre

Chris PembertonWorking as a Pastoral Tutor and staff member in the Simeon Centre, set up to nourish the spiritual life of the College through provision of guidance, encouragement and training in prayer, mentoring and spiritual direction, Chris brings a diverse experience to bear on his work.  This includes serving churches in London, Maidstone, Oxford and Canterbury; being a founding member of the Westminster Theological Centre; staff member of Lead Academy and on the national leadership of New Wine in addition to a background in Marketing and Public Relations at Dunlop Holdings prior to ordination in 1984.

With a lifelong interest in the relationship between varied traditions of spiritual formation (scriptural, historical and contemporary) and aspects of Christian leadership both in the church and business he relishes the opportunity to explore how diverse resources and experiences can contribute to students’ development as disciples, ministers and leaders. Along with other members of staff his aim and hope is to enable every Ridley student to deepen their spiritual life, knowledge of the Christian faith and engagement in worship, ministry and mission. Over the years he has taught a number of courses in this area (both here and overseas) and rejoices in the way theology, history (particularly in the 18th century), business and cultural studies can be brought together to enrich spiritual formation and discipleship at Ridley.

He is also an enthusiastic member of Ridley’s  ‘Mission and Ministry’ team, and contributes on issues of worship.

Personal background

Born in Essex, Chris was raised in Ireland.

Having trained in Marketing and Public Relations with Dunlop Holdings in London he joined and later worked for Holy Trinity, Brompton leaving in his mid 20s to study Biblical Studies at Sheffield University. Having graduated he moved to Cranmer Hall at Durham University for ordination training prior to being ordained in 1988 in Canterbury Cathedral.

Having served a curacy in Maidstone, Kent he moved to St Aldate’s, Oxford to be Chaplain to the Oxford Pastorate where he also taught part time at Wycliffe Hall and served as an Acting Chaplain at Jesus College, prior to moving to St Mary Bredin, Canterbury to be vicar for 11 years.

Since 1995 he has been a member of the Anglican College of Evangelists, leading mission and teaching programmes in the UK and overseas while also being on the national and international leadership of New Wine.  

Chris is married to Gwenaelle who is Vice President of Gilead, an American pharmaceutical company based in California. They have grown up children and live in Radwinter on the Essex/Suffolk border where Chris can pursue his interests in walking, reading, beekeeping, gardening and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Research Interests

Chris' research interests covers subjects central to an understanding of 18th Century British Revivals, their story and legacy including the following: Understanding religious revivals: models and interpretations; Precursors and heritage: Puritanism, Pietism and Primitivism; Evangelical theologies; Revival in society, gender, enlightenment and popular culture and the impact of these revivals on the church today.

At the same time he has had a lifelong interest in the relationship between varied traditions of spiritual formation (scriptural, historical and contemporary) and aspects of Christian leadership both in the church and business he relishes the opportunity to explore how diverse resources and experiences can contribute to students’ development as disciples, ministers and leaders.

Roles in wider church