I am Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund and carry a vision to inspire and equip Christians to a whole-life response to poverty, helping build a movement that brings about lasting change on the issues that impact the poorest and most vulnerable.
I have a particular interest in environmental issues and long to see the culture of the Church change so that caring for God’s earth becomes an integral part of church life, rather than an optional extra. To that end, before Tearfund, I was Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK, a Christian charity that works for the protection and restoration of the natural world, and I spearheaded Eco Church, which helps churches do just that.
Academically, I have a theology degree from Cambridge and a doctorate from Kings College London, in which I looked at simplicity and consumerism and particularly at the relationship between Thomas Aquinas’ virtues of temperance and justice. I also hold honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester and am currently Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral.
I have written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues, particularly from a Christian perspective.
Saying Yes To Life: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2020
Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism
L is for Lifestyle: Christian Living That Doesn’t Cost The Earth