James Woodward



 A: Employment, Leadership, Education and Publications



Principal of Sarum College, Salisbury from 2015.

Visiting Professor of Theology, University of Winchester from 2017.

Canon of Windsor 2009 – 2015.

Master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, Temple Balsall, Birmingham 1998- 2009.

Director of the Leveson Centre for the Study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy 2000-2009.

Priest-in-Charge of Middleton and Wishaw, Birmingham 1996-1998.

Bishop’s Adviser for Health and Social Care 1996-2001.

Chaplaincy Manager, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust 1992-1996.

Head of Chaplaincy Department, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham 1990-1996.

Chaplain to Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford 1987-1990.

Assistant Curate, Consett Parish Church, Diocese of Durham 1985-1987.

Ordained Deacon 1985; Priest 1986; Durham Cathedral.


Other Leadership Responsibilities

Governance in Charity & Education Sector:

Chair Salisbury Cathedral School Governing Body 2016- present; Trustee of St Martin’s Trust Birmingham, 2013- present; Trustee of Henry Smith Charities, 2012-present; Chair Windsor Homelessness Project 2011-2015;

Practical Theologian:

Theological Consultant, Mount Street Jesuit Centre, Farm Street London 2008-present; Associate Research Fellow, Warwick University Business School 2002 – 2008; External Examiner in Pastoral Theology, Leeds University 2003-2006; Editor: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy 1991-1996; Honorary Research Fellow in Practical Theology, Cardiff University 1999 – 2003; Honorary Lecturer, Department of Theology and Religion, Birmingham University 1993-2005 and 2010-2013; Associate Lecturer, Open University Department of Health and Social Welfare 1992 – 2001.


Public Theologian:

Non-Executive Director, Solihull Primary Health Care Trust 2003 – 2006; Lay Member of The Royal College of Anaesthetists 2000 – 2003; Member of the Falconer Commission on Assisted Dying 2011-2012.



Ph.D. Practical Theology/Sociology, The Open University: ‘A Study of the role of the Acute Health Care Chaplain 1945-1990’, supervised by Prof Stephen Pattison and Prof David Cox, 1999.

M.Phil. Practical Theology, Birmingham University: ‘Representation and Practice in the Pastoral Care of People Living with HIV/AIDS’, 1991.

Certificate in Counselling, Durham University, 1987.

Certificate in Theology for Ministry, Westcott House, Cambridge 1983-1985;

Lambeth S.Th. by thesis: ‘The Pastoral Care of the Long-term Dependent Patient’, 1984.

B.D., A.K.C. Kings College, London University, 1982.





Developing a Relational Model of Care for Older People: Creating Environments for Shared Living (with Jenny Kartupelis), 2018, Jessica Kingsley, London & Philadelphia.

Journeying with John (with Paula Gooder and Mark Pryce), 2014, SPCK and 2016, WJK Press USA.

Journeying with Matthew (with Paula Gooder and Mark Pryce), 2013, SPCK and 2016, WJK Press USA.

Journeying with Luke (with Paula Gooder and Mark Pryce), 2012, SPCK and 2015, WJK Press USA.

Journeying with Mark (with Paula Gooder and Mark Pryce), 2011, SPCK and 2017, WJK Press USA.

Between Remembering and Forgetting: The spiritual dimensions of dementia, (Edited) 2010, Continuum.Valuing Age: Pastoral Ministry among Older People, 2008, SPCK.

Praying the Lectionary: Prayers and Reflections for Every Week’s Readings, 2006, SPCK.

Services for Weekdays: Readings, Reflections and Prayers, 2006, SPCK.

Befriending Death, 2005, SPCK.

The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology (with Stephen Pattison), 1999, Blackwell (Five Editions).

Finding God in Illness, 1997, Lion.

Encountering Illness: Voices in Pastoral and Theological Perspective, 1995, SCM.

Embracing the Chaos: Theological Reflections on AIDS, 1990, SPCK (Four Editions).


Forthcoming Books:

Ageing, Theology and Flourishing: How to Age Well, April 2019, Jessica Kingsley.


Recent Chapters:

‘The Narratives of Old Age’ (pp56-69) in God, Me and Being Very Old: Stories and Spirituality in Later Life, Malcolm Johnson and Keith Albans (Editors), 2014, SCM,

‘Ageing: Blessing or Burden?’ (pp160-184) in On Rock or Sand?: Firm Foundations for Britain’s Future, John Sentamu (Editor), 2015, SPCK.

‘Reimagining a theology of old age’ (pp 270-283) in Spiritual Dimensions of Ageing Malcolm Johnson and Joanna Walker (Editors), 2016, CUP.

A selection of recent Book Reviews:

Conundrums in Practical Theology by Joyce Ann Mercer and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Boston: Brill, 2016, in Journal of Practical Theology Vol. 11, 2018 – Issue 1 pp.93-96.

At Home in the Future: Place and Belonging in a Changing Europe, John Rodwell & Peter Manley Scott Editors, Studies in Religion and the Environment / Studien Zur Religi (Zurich: Lit Verlag, 2015) in Studies in Christian Ethics Vol. 31, 1 2018: pp.120-123.

Multifaith Chaplaincy in the Workplace: How Chaplains Can Support Organizations and their Employees, 2017, Jessica Kingsley in Theology July 2018: pp.306-307.

Practical Theology and Qualitative Research by John Swinton and Harriet Mowatt, SCM 2016,

in Crucible, The Journal of Christian Social Ethics July 2018: pp.60-61. 

Practical Theology and Pierre-Andre Liege: Radical Dominican and Vatican II Pioneer by Nicholas Bradbury, 2015, AshGate in Crucible: The Journal of Christian Social Ethics April 2017: pp.57-62.Loving Later Life: An Ethics of Aging, Frits de Lange, 2015 Eerdmans, in Studies in Christian Ethics Vol. 30, 2 2017: pp.236-238.