Hi! This is the website of Chris Ellis. Its focus is Christian spirituality, and its themes include art, poetry, prayer and theology, although the blog may well range more widely. The blog began in 2011 while I was on study leave in Italy, reflecting on art and spirituality. More recently, I have expanded the menu of resurces for prayer, refection and worship, as well as my gallery of paintings.
I am an ordained 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 painter and poet. Unless otherwise stated, all the photos on this site 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 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.
I have pastored churches in various parts of England and Wales, including an ecumenical congregation, and have taught theology in a number of universities. From 2000 to 2006 I was principal of Bristol Baptist College and in 2014-15 I served as president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
I am married to Marilyn and we have four children, ten grandchildren and a lively Irish Golden Doodle called Ruby.
You can view a fairly full list of my publications on the Chris’ Publications page.