Appointment of a Director of Practical / Contextual Theology

A Director of Practical/Contextual theology is sought for appointment by the Wesley House Trustee/Directors from 1 September 2020.  Applications are invited from practical/contextual theologians with experience of qualitative research.  The successful applicant will be committed to developing leadership and scholarship with/in the global Methodist family.

  • Supervise international and UK research students working on contextual theological projects
  • Play a key strategic role in the development of the college’s work resourcing leadership and scholarship in the Wesleyan tradition
  • Play a key role in the core staff team of the college as a College Officer
  • Teach on the programmes of the college (online, short courses and programmes validated through the Cambridge Theological Federation and by other partners)

The post will be based at Wesley House in Cambridge and the post-holder is expected to be resident in Cambridge. The role will involve some UK and some overseas travel.

The post-holder will be paid a salary of £33,000 pa. Wesley House will either make pension contributions of 10% into a personal pension scheme or will contribute to the Methodist Ministers Pension Scheme if the postholder is eligible for membership. The postholder is offered rent-free use of one of Wesley House’s on-site flats for the period of their appointment. There is an annual service charge which will be £2,372 in 2020/21. Free parking in central Cambridge for one car is also available.

The successful applicant must have a PhD in theology or a related discipline and will ideally have supervised doctoral students to completion. An ability to work with students to design contextually appropriate qualitative research projects is essential. Applicants should be members in good standing in a church eligible to belong to the World Council of Churches. Further details of the skills, qualifications and experience required are detailed in the job description.


The deadline for applications is 26 March 2020. Please send applications to: Applications should include a full academic CV, details of 3 referees and a letter referencing the job description and person specification.

Wesley House is an equal opportunities employer.


Interviews will be held at Wesley House Cambridge on 1st May and will involve an overnight stay from 4pm on the day before. Visits are welcome beforehand and can be arranged via  A preliminary interview may be held by phone or Skype. Those invited to interview will be informed by email by Friday 3 April.


Download the Director of Practical Theology recruitment pack (pdf)