Jane Leach

Jane Leach

Jane has been the Principal of the College since 2011. Prior to 2011 she was Director of Pastoral Studies here for ten years (2001-11). She trained at Wesley House in the 1990s and served her probation in the Fenland Methodist Circuit where she was responsible for four rural chapels.  She was ordained presbyter at the British Methodist Conference of 1998.

Jane holds degrees in history and theology from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Nottingham. Her own doctoral research was on faith development theory. She researches, supervises and publishes in the fields of practical theology and theological education with a particular interest in the dialogue between theology and the social sciences. Her current doctoral students are exploring: good practice in the supervision of spiritual direction; the cross-cultural struggles of international students; the role of the creative arts in healthy patterns of ministry; urban pioneer ministry & liberal evangelism. Jane teaches classes on ministry; psychology and religion; practical theology; pastoral supervision; pastoral care and New Testament Greek. Jane has enjoyed study leave in the United States and in South Africa.

Jane was the founding chair of the Association for Pastoral Supervisors and Educators (APSE www.pastoralsupervision.org.uk).  She is an accredited APSE supervisor and educator and holds a diploma in Creative Supervision from the London Centre for Psychodrama.  She offers pastoral supervision to clergy, chaplains and other church workers.  She is part of the team implementing the recommendation of the Methodist Conference that all Methodist minsters in Britain should receive regular supervision.

Within the Methodist Church Jane is a member of the Faith & Order Committee, the Ministerial Candidates Selection Committee and the Business Committee of the Presbyteral Session of the Methodist Conference.  She contributes regularly to the Methodist e bible study, Word in Time (www.methodist.org.uk/prayer-and-worship/a-word-in-time), and took part in the York Course of 2016 on the Psalms. She is a regular broadcaster on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and in 2016 was the preacher for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on the Sunday Service. She published an article in the Church Times in March 2016 on Women in Theology.

Jane speaks at a variety of national and local events.  In September 2016 she is the key note speaker at the APSE national Conference; During 2015-16 she has given workshops on supervision, pastoral care and public speaking about faith in York, Southend and Oxford. In 2014 she address the presbyteral session of the Methodist Conference on pastoral responses to same sex couples. In 2012 she addressed the Faith & Order Network of the British Methodist Church and gave the Fernley-Hartley Lecture of the British Methodist Conference.  In July 2010 Jane was the keynote speaker at the University of Chester for the Professional doctorate symposium, giving three lectures:  

What is truth? – a pre-metaphysical approach: truth as pure honesty; What is truth? – a metaphysical perspective; What is truth? – an ‘enpractised’ approach.  In 2009 she was a keynote speaker at the Methodist conference of strategic leaders and in 2008 gave the bible studies to the URC General Assembly at Herriott Watt University.  In 2007 she gave the bible studies at the Methodist School of Fellowship at Swanwick on the theme of ‘Remoulding the clay – reflections on Jeremiah and the contemporary church’.

Jane is a Fellow Commoner at Jesus College, Cambridge.

For relaxation Jane enjoys walks with her family and her dog and creating artworks.  These are available to view and to buy at www.wildfenstudio.com

List of publications

~ 2017, Holiness 3.1 What have the sermons of John Wesley ever done for us? On visiting the sick.

~ 2016, Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, Expository Times.

~ & Paterson, Pastoral Supervision: a Handbook, second edition, London, SCM 2015

~ 2015, Is Wisdom the Principal Thing? Holiness I.1 www.wesley.cam.ac.uk/holiness

~ 2014, ‘Power & Vulnerability: Creative Supervision for Ministry’, in Chesner & Zografou eds., Creative Supervision across modalities , JKP 2014

~ 2010, ‘The End of Theological Education: an analysis of the contribution of portfolio learning to formation in ministry within a university context’ Journal of Adult Theological Education 7.2: 117-204

~ & Paterson, M.S, 2010, Pastoral Supervision: A Handbook, London: SCM.

~ ed., Practical Theology 2.3: Equinox 2009

~ ‘Pastoral Theology as Attention’, Contact: practical theology & pastoral care No.153, August 2007

~ Walking the Story: in the steps of saints and pilgrims, Peterborough: Inspire 2007

~ This is Our Story: Free Church Women’s Ministry, edited by Janet Wootton, Epworth 2007, 978-0-7162-0606-4

 ~ and Morley, J., Share this Feast, Methodist Church House, 2006

~ ‘Pastoral Supervision – a Literature Review’, Contact: practical theology & pastoral care No. 151, December 2006

~ ‘El Camino de Santiago: the value and significance of pilgrimage in the 21st C’, Epworth Review 33.1 January 2006

~ & Paterson, M S, ‘Surfing the waves: formation for ministry in the Christian Tradition revisited.’, Journal of Adult Theological Education 1:1 June 2004

~ ‘Mind the Gap’, Luscombe & Shreeve eds., What is a minister?  Epworth 2001.

~‘The Renewal of Christian Tradition’ in Forward, Plant & White eds., A Great Commission, Peter Lang 2000.

Book Reviews

Holiness II.2, Pentecost 2016, Zoe Bennett, Using the Bible in Practical Theology, Ashgate 2015.

Modern Believing, January 2013, Bob Whorton, Reflective Caring: imaginative listening to pastoral experience, SPCK 2011 ISBN 978-0-281-06413-7

Theology, September 2010; vol. 113, 875: pp. 368-369, Trans/formations, ed. Marcella Althaus-Reid and Lisa Isherwood (SCM Press 2009), 204 pp

Practical Theology 1.3, 2008, Elizabeth Newman, Untamed Hospitality – Welcoming God and Other Strangers, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2007 pbk, 233pp, ISBN: 987–1– 58743–176–0

Contact: practical theology & pastoral care No.151 December 2006,  David Hay & Rebecca Nye, The Spirit of the Child Revised edition, London and Philadelphia, JKP 2006

Epworth Review 34.3 2007: Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Pray without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care, (Eerdmanns, Grand Rapids, Michigan/Cambridge UK) pp xiii, 250   ISBN 08028 4759 5.

Epworth Review 33.4 2006: Lartey, E.Y., Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World [Epworth Press 2006 £12.99] pp. ix, 161  ISBN 0716205831

Political Theology 7:2 2006: Frances Ward, Lifelong Learning: Theological Education & Supervision SCM Press 2005, 184.  ISBN 0334029627

Political Theology 6:2 2005: Nicola Slee, Faith and Feminism: An Introduction to Christian Feminist Theology, DLT 2003

You can contact Jane on jl332@cam.ac.uk.