Revd Ruth Adams appointed as Pastoral Tutor
We are delighted to announce that the Revd Ruth Adams has joined the staff team at Ridley Hall as a Pastoral Tutor. Ruth is priest in charge of St. George’s, Chesterton and will guide and support nine ordinands in the coming academic year.
Ruth writes, ‘I grew up in Belfast during the Troubles and was strongly influenced by the work of the Corrymeela Community in conflict transformation. This kindled and encouraged a fascination in how people deal with difference creatively. I have also been greatly influenced and inspired by the work and witness Br Roger and Taize community.
'I studied history at the University of Durham before going to the Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin and being ordained deacon in 1997 and priest in 1998 in the Church of Ireland. I was serving as a curate in Omagh at the time of the bombing in 1998 and shared in the ecumenical response to the tragedy. I was a chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge in 2000-2006, working with both students and the college staff and doing a bit of rowing and coaching on the side. During this time I started studying in the Centre for Jewish-Christian relations (now the Woolf Institute) and achieved a postgraduate diploma. I served for five years as Minister of Bar Hill LEP which united Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Quaker and United Reformed Church traditions in a single fellowship. Following this I spent a year in full-time study to take a master’s degree in Peace and Reconciliation Studies at the University of Coventry. My dissertation explored the possibilities for conflict transformation in complex church conflicts. Since 2012 I have been dividing my time between serving as vicar of St George’s Church Chesterton in Cambridge and working in the area of conflict resilience.
'Over the years I have been fortunate to serve as a governor in three primary schools: one a Church of England school and two community schools. I have also served as a charity trustee for Cogwheel – a small Christian mental health charity and currently serve as a trustee for The Church Schools of Cambridge – whose vision is to grow Christian environments where children can learn and flourish.
'I have had a long interest in vocation, particularly working in the area of Christian ministry as a Vocations adviser and then Bishop’s Adviser for the Diocese of Ely, sitting on national BAP panels. I have conducted ministry reviews both for the Diocese of Ely and in more recent years for the Eastern Synod of the URC. I have long enjoyed working with ordinands on placement in my various contexts and have been and am currently, a training incumbent.
'My conflict work involves providing coaching and training to church leaders and communities in how to respond to conflict and working as a mediator in disputes in churches and charities. I currently serve as the Bishop’s Adviser for Resilience in Conflict in the Diocese of Ely.’
The Principal, the Revd Dr Michael Volland, said, ‘It is a real privilege to have someone of Ruth’s experience and calibre on the staff team at Ridley. Her significant gifts will be a huge blessing to staff and students and we are very much looking forward to working with her this year.’
Please pray for Ruth as she settles in and begins this important work alongside her various other commitments.