Adrian Chatfield

The Reverend Canon Dr Adrian Chatfield

Contact information:

Roles at Ridley:

Adrian came to Ridley Hall in 2007 to establish and develop the Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life. In that role, he acted as a spiritual director and mentor, a member of the national Fresh Expressions team, a pioneer trainer and a speaker on prayer and discipleship.

His academic role included teaching on Anglicanism, Christianity and the arts, Biblical Theology, and Spirituality, and his research interests include aspects of Pentecostal and Anglican history, thought and practice.

Now resident in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, he continues his association with Ridley Hall as its first Fellow. In this role, he is supervising Professional Doctorate and MA research, offering some mentoring and sharing in the life of the Simeon Community. Most recently, he has written a chapter on the healing sacraments for Doorways to the Sacred: Developing Sacramentality in Fresh Expressions of Church edited by Ian Mobsby (Canterbury Press: 2017).

When not studying and working, Adrian enjoys long-distance running and cycling, hill walking and photography with his wife Jill, and listening to classical and world music.

The thing I treasure most at Ridley is its life-giving community, to which we all commit as family, and in which we invest as co-workers for Christ. Living, working, praying and playing in community shapes us and toughens us up as disciples for the mission of God.

Adrian Chatfield

Personal background

Adrian ChatfieldAdrian was born in Trinidad, and brought up there and in Brazil. After training for ministry at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, he worked in parish ministry for 15 years in Trinidad and North Devon.

For over 20 years, he has been a theological educator at St John's College Nottingham, TEE College Johannesburg and Wycliffe Hall Oxford, while continuing in non-stipendiary parish ministry.

He is married to Jill, with two children, four granddaughters, and heads for the nearest mountain whenever he gets a chance.

Roles outside Ridley

Adrian is actively involved in ministry outside of Ridley, both in Ely diocese and on a national and international level.

He works within the Lordsbridge Team of Churches as a priest with permission to officiate, and serves on the Ely Diocesan Deliverance Team. He is also a member of the Fresh Expressions National Team and Associate of the Centre for Pioneer Learning.

Adrian maintains contact with his time working at the Theological Education by Extension College in Johannesburg through his current position as an External Examiner for the college, and also acts as Commissary for the Diocese of Christ the King in Southern Gauteng. In 2014, he became the External Examiner for the Church of Ireland’s MA programme, delivered through Trinity College Dublin.


Adrian has written many distance learning programmes, and authored Something in Common, an introduction to Anglicanism, available in Spanish, Portuguese and Swahili. It is currently being translated into French and Korean.

He acted as Consultant to the Editor of The Anglican Communion and Homosexuality, produced as a resource for the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

He contributed two chapters to the BRF 2011 publication Pioneers 4 Life, and completed a distance learning History of Christianity from the 17th to the 19th centuries in 2013.

Research interests

Adrian is currently supervising doctorates in the areas of Benedictine spirituality and leadership, Christian music in Niger and Ecclesiology and Fresh Expressions. He is particularly interested in radical contemporary and historical forms of Christianity, and has a long term specialist interest in Pentecostal and charismatic practice. In the coming academic year, he will be a Faculty of Divinity supervisor for the Tripos 3rd year course on ‘The Rise of Pentecostalism in Global Context.’

He would be pleased to consider requests for supervision in the academic disciplines of Spirituality, Christianity and Literature and African or Afro-Caribbean Christianity.