I am a Baptist minister in the UK, though now retired from full-time pastoral leadership. I have published in the areas of worship, spirituality and theology and I’m working hard at becoming a better artist. Unless otherwise stated, all the photos on this site (including the header) have been taken by me and all the daubings are my own. (Of course, many of the images of other people’s art have come from elsewhere.) I am fascinated by the way that attempting to draw or paint something helps you see it in a new way and I want to explore how this can help us to pray.
I have a degree in theology from Oxford University, a research degree in systematic theology from the University of Sussex and a PhD from the University of Leeds for my dissertation, Baptist Worship: Liturgical Theology from a Free Church Perspective.
Most recently, I served as pastor of West Bridgford Baptist Church, Nottingham and before that, I was principal of Bristol Baptist College. In addition, I have pastored churches in Brighton, Cardiff, Swindon and Sheffield. I am currently president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
Alongside pastoral ministry, I have taught part-time in the theology department of the University of Nottingham, exploring the interaction of theology, prayer and worship, and am a guest lecturer at Sarum College and St Johns College, Nottingham
I am married to Marilyn and we have four children, nine grandchildren and a lively, young labradoodle called Meg.
You can view a fairly full list of my publications on the Chris’ Publications page under About Chris.