An Irish Methodist minister, Stephen took up the position as Director of Scholarship, Research and Innovation in Sep 2014. His previous experience includes circuit ministry and Superintendency in Ireland, mission partner service in Sri Lanka, university chaplaincy in Dublin and lecturing/Academic Dean at Cliff College. His research and publishing interests are primarily in the areas of mission, inter-faith understanding and Wesleyan Studies. Stephen is married to Marlene, a Methodist deacon, and they have two daughters.
Tel: 07799 900436
Stephen's academic qualifications include BD (Queen's University Belfast), MPhil (University of Birmingham) titled 'The Encounter between Christainity and Buddhism in Sri Lanka from the Perspective of the Lausanne Movement', MEd (Open University) and PhD (Queen's University Belfast) titled 'A Firm and Generous Faith: A Critical Analysis on the Inter-Faith Understanding of the Methodist Church in Ireland'. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Stephen is currently an External Examiner at the University of Middlesex and Queen's University Belfast.
His published work includes:
Faith Reborn: Mission in a (Wonderfully) Strange New Ireland (Sheffield: CC Academic Press, 2008)
The Faiths of Ireland (Dublin: Columba, 2006)
Drifting (Dublin: The Bible Society, 2006) [co-author]
'DT Niles' in T Yates with S Skuce, Twentieth Century Missiology: Issues and Thinkers(Calver: Cliff College Publishing, 2014)
'Not Just Us and Them' in T Yates (ed), Mission and the Next Christendom (Calver: Cliff College Publishing, 2005)
'From Good Mission to Excellent Evangelism' in The Connexion, Issue 1 (Winter 2015)
'Emerging from the Rural Church: appropriate missional practice' in Rural Theology, Vol 10, No 2(2012)
'Wesleyan Pneumatology' in Journal of the European Pentecostal Association, Vol 32, No 1 (2012)
'Towards an Authentic Wesleyan Inter-Faith Understanding' in Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, Vol. 19, No 1 (2009)
'Invulnerable Mission: a Confession' in Momentum Oct 2008
'The Sri Lankan Influence on a Irish Theological Journey' in Sri Lankan Journal of Theological Reflection, Vol. 3, No 1 (2007)
'Faith in Ulster: Facing up to Diversity' in Lion and Lamb, No. 37, Autumn 2004
'Persecution in Sri Lanka' in Church in Chains, No. 70, Summer 2004
'Research, practice and the professional Christian minister', Ministry & management: God & mammon? Conference, 2 September 2014, University of Roehampton
'The Past, Present and Future (?) of Methodist World Mission', Oxford-Manchester Methodist Studies Seminar, 30 November 2013, Manchester
'Authentically Wesleyan: Towards a Complete Wesleyan Engagement with People of Other Faiths' 13th Oxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies, 12-19 August 2013, Christ Church, Oxford
'Living in a Global World' The 5th Wesley International Conference, 3 November 2011, Hyupsung University, Korea
'Emerging from the Rural Church' Faith and the Future of the Countryside Conference, 3-5 November 2010, Swanick
'John Wesley's Inter-Faith Understanding', MMS History Project Conference, 28 October 2008, Birmingham
'The Panadura Controversy of 1873: Evangelical Zeal or Assault on Ceylonese Society', MMS History Project Conference, 24 November 2005, Birmingham.
'Missiological Implications for Ireland', BIAMS Conference. 12 June 2005, Belfast
'Them and Us, Now and Then - Early Irish Methodist Missionary Inter-Faith Understanding Compared with 2003 Survey', MMS History Project Conference. 24 November, 2004, Birmingham.
'Interreligious Ireland - Lessons for Third Level Education from Ireland's Past and Present Inter-Faith Experience', Globalisation and Inclusion: Challenges for Professional Education in the Third Level Sector, a DCI-UCC conference. 1 June, 2004, University College, Cork.