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Dr Eeva John
Role at Ridley:
Director of Pastoral Studies
Eeva’s role is to pull together the different threads that make up the multi-coloured experience of training at Ridley Hall. Her deepest desire is to see God’s transforming power at work in the lives of students, infusing every aspect of life and learning. By enabling and encouraging students to reflect theologically, she hopes that they begin to make connections across different areas of theology and between ‘academic’ study and ‘reality’.
In the news:Eeva John honoured by
Archbishop Welby for her
'vision of holistic formation'
Eeva coordinates the ‘Mission and Ministry’ programme in which all students participate in their first and final years of training. She also teaches pastoral theology, spurred on by the conviction that the Gospel brings to relationships dimensions that go beyond therapeutic approaches to pastoral care.
Eeva organises church and social placements for students, building on the diverse range of experiences and skills that students bring to their training. She encourages students to try out contexts that will stretch them beyond their comfort zone – and so to discover God’s enabling as they grow in their understanding of how God is calling them to be co-workers in his kingdom.
Born in Finland, Eeva has had a fairly itinerant life growing up in Finland, the USA and Switzerland, and working in Ethiopia and Sudan before eventually making her home in the UK with her husband, Rob. Her career is best described as a multi-coloured patchwork: from being a lecturer and researcher in organic chemistry to relief and development work, it was the experience of leading a community regeneration project that eventually drove her to her first love, namely the study of theology, which she pursued part time over a number of years at Wycliffe Hall and the London School of Theology. Eeva has worked in three other theological colleges – Wycliffe Hall, Trinity College Bristol and Westcott House – as well as for the Ministry Division of the Church of England.
Eeva is married to Rob and has two grown up children who were born in Khartoum and are now in Singapore and London. She loves the outdoors – especially cycling and mountain hiking – as well as music and reading.