New teaching staff appointed
We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new members of the teaching and tutorial staff team.
Our new Tutor in Practical Theology is Dr Sarah Dunlop.
Our new Tutor in Context-based Training is the Revd Andrew Dunlop.
It doesn't take too long to realise that Sarah and Andrew share a surname and are, in fact, married. Both will come to Ridley from teaching posts at Cranmer Hall in Durham. Andrew is also working with the Diocese of Durham on an exciting mission project.
Sarah, Andrew and their two children will move to Cambridge in late August and will start at Ridley on the 1st September. Please pray for them as they prepare to leave Durham in order to join in with what God is doing here at Ridley Hall.
Dr Sarah Dunlop
With ten years' experience teaching and writing in the field of practical theology, Sarah enjoys exploring with students the connections between culture, theology, missiology, ecclesiology and ministry practice. Sarah has a background in youth ministry and pioneering and her research includes topics such as visual ethnography for the study of religion, chaplaincy as public theology, and the social engagement activities of London’s megachurches.
She is the author of Visualising Hope: Exploring the Spiritualities of Young People in Eastern and Central Europe (2008). Sarah’s work sits within the creative tension between theology and sociology of religion, which is reflected in her publications in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Contemporary Religion, Fieldwork in Religion, the Journal of Practical Theology and the Journal of Youth and Theology. Sarah is married to Andrew and has two children, all of whom keep her very busy.
Revd Andrew Dunlop
After serving his curacy in a lively civic church in the city centre of Plymouth, Andrew spent five years pioneering fresh expression of church alongside his wife Sarah on a new-build development on the edge of Northampton. The resulting fresh expression, Berrywood Church, comprised of a wide variety of community groups enabling people to engage with faith at different levels.
At the end of 2015, Andrew and Sarah joined the staff at Cranmer Hall in Durham where Andrew has been teaching pioneering principles to those training for ministry. He also had oversight of the context-based training pathway.
Alongside his responsibilities at Cranmer, Andrew led the East Durham Mission Project (EDMP), a collaboration between Cranmer Hall and parishes in the Easington deanery of the Diocese of Durham. The EDMP was established to help small churches in former mining villages work together to grow spiritually and numerically and to re-engage with their communities.
In his forthcoming book, Out of Nothing: A cross-shaped approach to fresh expressions, Andrew draws on his experience in Northampton to offer an account of his journey in starting a fresh expression. He proposes a robust theological foundation for evaluation of fresh expressions; the Cross-Shaped approach. Out of Nothing will be published by SCM Press in June 2018 Andrew longs to see the un-churched being engaged and impacted by the gospel and is passionate about birthing new forms of church and empowering others to do so.
Andrew enjoys reading, running, playing and watching football, following both Newcastle United and Northampton Town, where he was chaplain for two seasons.