3GCSC Keynote Speakers

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3GCSC Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce confirmed speakers for the Third Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, to be held at Ridley Hall in August 2022. For more information about the Congress, and to register, please visit the ticketing page.

Professor Steven Waller

Professor Steven Waller (PhD, Michigan State University, D.Min, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH) serves as a professor in the recreation and sport management programme, and is the associate department head in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.

He also co-directs the Sport and Religion Research Alliance and previously co-directed the sports chaplaincy cohort in the D.Min. program at United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH). Steven is an associate pastor at Foster Chapel Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN, and is a registered and certified chaplain.

His research interests include religious beliefs as a constraint to leisure/sport participation, structural barriers to career advancement for minorities and women in sport organizations, institutional evil, and professional identity/credentialing of sport chaplains. He is an internationally renowned writer and has authored more than 65 peer reviewed research articles across disciplines, 25 book chapters and more than 30 referred encyclopedia and dictionary entries.

Steven is also the author of two books, 42: Essays on the Intersection of Race, Class, Spirituality and Sport in the Jackie Robinson Story and Leisure and Fellowship in the Life of the Black Church: Theology and Praxis. He is currently working on a third volume entitled The Holistic Care of the African American Athlete: Interprofessional Perspectives.

Elizabeth M. Bounds

Elizabeth M. Bounds is a Michigan, USA native who earned her BA in Psychology and Spanish with a French minor from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

During her undergraduate studies, Elizabeth competed in both soccer and basketball, captaining both her teams and setting the Hope College Women’s Soccer record for single-season goals. She has since earned an M.Div with a focus in sport theology/ministry from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

While pursuing her M.Div she served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for Baylor Women’s Soccer. Latterly, she has worked for Baylor’s Faith & Sports Institute as the High School Retreat Director and Assistant of Online Programming. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in Baylor’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, working in Dr. Sarah Schnitker’s Science of Virtues Laboratory.

Elizabeth is broadly interested in virtues, character development, and spirituality and she lives with her husband Jaxon in Waco, Texas.

The Revd Canon Dr John Ashley Null

Author of Thomas Cranmer's Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love (Oxford 2000), the Revd Canon Dr John Ashley Null is an internationally respected scholar on the grace and gratitude theology of the English Reformation. Holding a MDiv and STM from Yale and a PhD and BD form the University of Cambridge, Ashley has received numerous academic awards for his work, including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim and German Research Council fellowships as well as being elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries in London. He is a visiting fellow at the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University and St. John’s College, Durham University. Based in Berlin, Germany, he is currently editing the private theological notebooks of Thomas Cranmer, the author of the independent Church of England’s founding formularies, for Oxford University Press. This is a five-volume project.

In addition to his scholarly activities, Ashley is an ordained Episcopal priest and Canon Theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas as well as the Anglican Province of Alexandria, where he is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Alexandria School of Theology Education System. Ashley also teaches regularly for seminaries, conferences and churches throughout the world.

Ashley serves as a chaplain to elite athletes and coaches, helping them to integrate the Reformation's emphasis on the unconditional love and grace of God with their vocation as professional sportspeople. He is the author of Real Joy: Freedom to be Your Best (Haennsler, 2004) and Performance Identity: The Folly of Striving to Earn God’s Favor (Anglican Publishing House, May 2020). A veteran Chaplain at five Olympic Games, he also served as the resident Pastoral Counselor in the “Bubble” for the International Swimming League’s second season in Budapest (Oct-Nov. 2020). Currently, he is working with Hertha Berlin, a Bundesliga Football Club, to design and implement an emotional wellness program for their Youth Academy. In the USA, Ashley is the Chairman of the Board of the United States Council for Sports Ministry which trains Olympians to be chaplains to Olympians. In Germany, he is Chairman of the Board of the Arne Friedrich Foundation which works to integrate refugee children into German society. In Mexico, Ashley is a regular speaker for Hope Sports where Olympic and professional athletes build homes for homeless families in Tijuana.

The Revd Dr Michael Volland

The Revd Dr Michael Volland is an Anglican priest and academic specialising in mission and practical theology. He began his role as Principal of Ridley Hall in January 2017, having served on the Ridley staff team as Tutor in Pioneering and Context-Based Training since 2015. Prior to coming to Cambridge Michael was Director of Mission at Cranmer Hall, Durham and Area Dean of Easington. He also spent three years on the staff of Gloucester Cathedral pioneering a fresh expression of church in the city centre and six years as a parish-based community youth worker in London.

Michael has previously held a commission in the Royal Army Chaplains Department (RAChD) and served Durham Army Cadet Force as a chaplain.

Michael undertook his doctoral research at the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, where he was supervised by Professor Robert Song. His thesis was titled: ‘An Entrepreneurial Approach to Priestly Ministry in the Parish: Insights from a Research Study in the Diocese of Durham’. He maintains an ongoing research interest in the area of missional entrepreneurship and a version of his thesis was published by SPCK in 2015.

Michael has published a number of books, chapters and articles, including: Context-based Learning for Discipleship and Ministry: Introducing the PC3 Approach (Grove Books, 2017), The Minister as Entrepreneur: Leading and Growing the Church in an Age of Rapid Change (SPCK, 2015), Fresh: An Introduction to Fresh Expressions and Pioneer Ministry (SCM Press, 2012). His latest book focuses on practical wisdom for Christian leadership and is due to be published in summer 2022.

Michael is married to Rachel and together they have three children. He has been a member of Christian Surfers UK since 1996, he enjoys running and regularly competes in road marathons and ultra-distance trail races around the United Kingdom.

Professor Andrew Parker

Professor Andrew Parker is a freelance leadership consultant with specific expertise in the 1-1 coaching of aspiring and in situ high-level leaders. His work extends across a range of organisations (corporate/private, charitable, faith-based) and sectors including education, healthcare, law, financial services and elite sport.

Between 2008 and 2018 he was Professor of Sport and Christian Outreach at the University of Gloucestershire and prior to this he was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Warwick (1999-2008) where he completed his PhD (1992-1996). He also has an interest in law and was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 2009.

Andrew has undertaken a variety of leadership and management roles during his time in UK higher education at Department, School and Faculty level. He also holds professorial positions at the University of the West of England and Westminster Theological Centre.

With over 100 published articles, working papers and commissioned reports to his name (including 10 edited books), Andrew is an established international scholar who has a reputation as an effective communicator and whose work is accessible to a wide audience.