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The Centre for Christian Education

The Centre for Christian Education and Pastoral Theology brings together academics to offer high quality scholarship, leadership and practice in the field of Christian Education. The Centre works across the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Education and aims to promote inter-disciplinary dialogue that bridges the gap between theology and education and between theory and practice. This is done within a spirit of ecumenical dialogue between different denominational traditions and through theological, spiritual and practical reflection.

Centre activities are underpinned by research expertise, contribute to knowledge exchange in the field of Christian Education and impact communities of educational practice and church audiences. These include Roman Catholic and Anglican bodies and funding organisations, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, Catholic Education Service, Church of England Church House, church schools, colleges and academies, Cathedrals Group HEIs, as well as other educational agencies working for the common good.

The Director of the Centre is Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Education.

For general enquiries about the Centre for Christian Education and Pastoral Theology, please email 


Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle

Director and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Education 


Associate Professor Peter McGrail

Head of TPRS Department


Dr John Shortt

Professorial Fellow in Christian Education 


Professor John Sullivan

Emeritus Professor of Christian Education 


Associate members

Sr. Helen Bamber (Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (pathway in Supervisory Practice), Lampeter, University of Wales)

Gerry Bradbury (M. Ed., Manchester University)

Margaret Buck (M. Ed. in Education, Birmingham University)

Dr Mark Chater, (Culham St Gabriels' Trust)

Liz Clark (MA in Pastoral Theology (Distinction), St Mary’s University College, Twickenham)

Joanna Hale (MA in Contemporary Theology in the Catholic Tradition, Heythrop College, University of London)

Dr Anne Lumb (Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham)

Natalie Maunder (MA Theology and Religious Studies, York St John University)

Dr Andrew Morris, Consultant in Catholic Education & Catholic Schools