Becca Dean

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Becca Dean

Tutor in Youth Ministry

Becca is the Youth Ministry Tutor for Ridley Lay Ministry students, and also assists Sarah Dunlop with some teaching for the Ordained Ministry students, in Reflective Practice and Research Methods.

She enjoys teaching in creative ways to inspire and encourage students in greater academic progress but also towards excellent professional practice.

Youth Ministry experience

Youth Ministry experience

Becca is passionate about youth ministry, and has worked for several churches.

She began working in youth ministry in Burlington Baptist Church, Ipswich, in an internship year in the church that she grew up in.

She then moved to work for a church in Stoke-on-Trent as a Student Youth Worker, while she obtained a BA Hons degree in 'Youth and Community Work with Applied Theology' at Midlands CYM, St. John's Nottingham.

From Stoke-on-Trent she moved on to work as a Youth Minister in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.

Publications and speaking

Publications and speaking

During her time as a Youth Minister in Chorleywood, Becca wrote a book about prayer for teenagers entitled Be Live Pray, published by Scripture Union, and began building a profile as a writer, speaker and youth ministry trainer in the wider field of youth ministry.

Becca writes a monthly column in Youth and Children's Work Magazine and has contributed to other books and publications in the field.

Research interests

Research interests

Following her work as a Youth Minister, Becca moved up to Durham where she got an ESRC scholarship to undertake a Masters in 'Research Methods (Social Policy)', while working for a local church as the Youth and Children's Coordinator, and a PhD researching 'Intergenerational Dialogue in Church Communities', which she is still writing up part-time.

Her hope is that through encouraging the church to listen to young people's voices and enable them to meaningfully participate in the running of church, that churches may better regenerate, and discover facets to their faith and new ministries in this era where young people are increasingly found outside of church.

Other interests

Other interests

Outside of work, Becca especially enjoys reading, cooking, comedy, travelling and catching up with friends in beautiful coffee shops.