Revd Jen joins the College of Preachers

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THE Revd Jen Brown says she is excited to have been appointed Director of Training for the College of Preachers.

Jen, who was until recently Science Missioner in the Diocese of Oxford, says: “I am hopeful that the connections I made in that work might lead to some creative partnerships as I work with the College of Preachers’ trustees to develop our curriculum. Science and technology are, and will continue to be, central features of our modern world, and so I think that developing training for preachers in how to incorporate science into their preaching and how to preach about some of the ethical and social challenges presented to us by developments in technology is something very valuable that I and the College of Preachers can offer.”

Jen’s new role, which starts in September, includes working with the College’s network of regional tutors to deliver courses and workshops on preaching across the country. One of the most exciting parts of the job will be looking at how the existing programme of courses and events can be developed and expanded and building partnerships with other organisations to explore new options for training for both new and experienced preachers.

The role is part-time and Jen will continue in her teaching post at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and as an associate priest in Abingdon.

Jen says: “I hope that I will be able to use my experience in theological education to develop fruitful partnerships between theological colleges and the College of Preachers, and of course being someone who is regularly in the pulpit means that I can both draw on my parish experience to inform my work with the College of Preachers, but also make use of the insights that I’ll gain as this role develops to inform my own preaching ministry.”

Jen’s first official engagement will be at Oxford’s Festival of Preaching in September. “I’m very much looking forward to having that opportunity to meet and talk with others who are passionate about good preaching, and getting launched into my new role,” Jen added.

Read a God in the Life Of we published when Jen took on the role of Science Missioner.

The Revd Jen Brown. Photo by Jo Duckles.