Dean of Contextual Formation: John Wigfield

About John

John holds an MPhil in Old Testament (University of Nottingham), and an MA in Aspects of Christian Missiology (Open University). A Lay Reader in the Church of England, John was responsible for developing the full time contextual training route for the Yorkshire Ministry Course, and became Dean of Contextual Formation at St Hild College in 2017. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in this field with the University of Durham. On graduating in French and Linguistics/Phonetics (University of Leeds), he taught Modern Languages largely in northern, multicultural schools, and English in rural Zimbabwe. For nine years, he served in theological education with The South American Mission Society, first in Chile, and then more widely in Latin America as Theological Consultant. As a staff member of St Hild, John oversees the quality of our contextual training and runs the Mission in Practice group for full time ordinands at Mirfield Teaching Centre. He leads modules in Old Testament and Global Mission.  He lives near Holmfirth, where his wife teaches. They have three grown up children. John enjoys the great outdoors and song-writing. 


Theses and Publications

  • MPhil Thesis: Evoking a conversation between two conflicting theologies, and configurations of kingship, in the joint introduction to the Psalter
  • MA Thesis: Church, Society and Economics in Chile: A Comparative Study of Roman Catholic and Evangelical Social Ethics during the Pinochet era
  • “The Spirit Level and Deuteronomy: Evoking a missiological conversation” (in Gavin Wilkinson and Nigel Rooms (Eds) Northern Gospel, Northern Church, (Durham: Sacristy, 2016).


Research and supervision interests

  • Old Testament: Social ethics, political and missional readings
  • Models of kingship in Deuteronomy and Psalms
  • Contextual theology and formation
  • Integral mission in Latin American and UK contexts 


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