Preston Parsons is an Associate Tutor at Westminster, having been the College’s Director of Studies (2015-2016) while completing his PhD in Christian Theology at the Faculty of Divinity of University of Cambridge. Previously he earned an MDiv at Church Divinity School of the Pacific and an MA in Church History at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where he specialised in Patristics. He completed his first degree in Religious Studies at the University of Winnipeg.
Preston’s main research is in the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in particular the role Bonhoeffer’s political theology and theology of redemption play as they relate to his theology and practice of friendship. Other research and teaching interests range from theologies of trauma, repentance and settler-indigenous relations in the life of the Anglican Church of Canada, the protestant reception of Pope Benedict XVI, theologies of disability, and the theology of Flannery O’Connor in her fiction.
Preston is the author of Spiritual Friendship: Bonhoeffer’s Practice of Intercession, Confession, and Self-offering (Cambridge: Grove, 2021). He has also published peer-reviewed articles in Anglican Theological Review, Canadian Theological Review, and Didaskalia, as well as numerous book chapters.
He is a member of the Doctrine and Worship Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of Huron and a member of the International Pentecostal Anglican Commission (IPAC), which is the international ecumenical dialogue between Anglicans and Pentecostals. Between 2015 and 2019, he was a member of the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Committee of the American Academy of Religion.
He is currently Book Review Editor of the Anglican Theological Review.
While his main responsibilities are as the Rector of the Parish of St John the Evangelist in Kitchener, Canada, Preston also has occasional teaching responsibilities at Martin Luther University College at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Renison Institute for Ministry at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, both in Waterloo, Canada.