Dean of Baptist Formation: Sally Nelson

About Sally

Sally read chemistry at Jesus College, Oxford, and had a career in science publishing before pursuing theological education at London School of Theology and then Spurgeon’s College. She was ordained as a Baptist minister and has held pastorates in Watford and Wetherby as well as chaplaincy posts in hospice and hospital. Sally’s PhD from the University of Manchester examined the meaning of suffering from a narrative perspective. A related interest is the theology of disability. Sally coordinates two reflective theology networks for Baptists in the north of England and edits the Baptist Ministers’ Journal and Scripture Union’s Encounter with God notes. At St Hild, Sally oversees the formation of Baptist ministers in training at Barnabas Teaching Centre. She leads modules in Pastoral Care, Doctrine and Theological Reflection. 



  • ‘The water buries like a tomb: Baptists and baptism’, in Gathering disciples (edited by Myra Blyth and Andy Goodliff). Pickwick, 2017.
  • ‘Disability and Resurrection’ in Faith & Thought, April 2017, no 62.
  • ‘Pain and personal transformation’, in Faith and Thought, 2011, 50, 27-34.
  • Confronting ‘meaningless’ suffering: from suffering-as-insult to suffering-as-ontological-impertinence (PhD thesis, 2011), available through Ethos Database.
  •  ‘Medical rites: priestly power in modern healthcare’ in Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy, 2009, 12 (1), 18-23.
  • A thousand crucifixions: the materialist subversion of the church.  Whitley Lecture Series. Oxford: Whitley Publications, 2009.
  • ‘Making ethical decisions: dualism and personhood’, in Faith and Thought, 2009, 47, 26-44.


Research and supervision interests

  • Suffering
  • Disability
  • Narrative as a tool within pastoral theology
  • Pastoral care and related issues


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