As a practical theologian I am interested in participatory approaches to research, working with groups and teaching and learning. I am involved in the development of Theological Action Research and the four voices of theology as an approach to practical theology.

I have published in the field of congregational studies spanning theological and social scientific approaches. I have recently co-edited a volume highlighting evangelical engagement with practical theology.

In addition to my work at Regent’s Park, I hold a part-time Research Fellowship at Wesley House, Cambridge where I mentor doctoral supervisors and lead a course in enabling skills for ministry and mission.

My academic career has included being the founding director of the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon. My practitioner career involved roles in the public and voluntary sectors including being Head of Public Affairs for The Salvation Army.

I am on the editorial boards of two journals: Practical Theology and Ecclesial Practices


My role in college

I am Research Fellow in Baptist Studies in the Centre for Baptist Studies.

I co-lead with Jane Day, Project Violet, a three-year participatory research project into the place of women in Baptist ministry.

I contribute to the work of the Centre by offering Continuing Ministerial Development for Baptist ministers and am happy to talk to Baptist Associations or individual ministers about training needs and sabbaticals.

Details of her publications can be found at

Find her on Twitter at @Helen4voices

  • Selected Publications