Revd Dr James Grenfell
James is the Director of the Portsmouth Pathway where he teaches modules in ministry and mission, preaching, and pastoral theology.
James holds an MA, MPhil, and DPhil from Oxford University. He read theology as an undergraduate at Queen’s College, Oxford where he developed an interest in Latin American liberation theology. He took a year out of his degree course to pursue this interest, working for the Fundación Kairos in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following his degree, James studied for an MPhil in Latin American Studies with a research focus upon Protestantism and politics in contemporary Guatemala. His DPhil thesis studied the concept of justice in Latin American liberation theology.
James trained for ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge before serving as a curate on an outer housing estate in Kirkby, Liverpool. He was then Team Rector of Manor, an inner-city parish in Sheffield where he was also Director of the Cuddesdon urban theology project. James has also served in a suburban setting as a parish priest at St John’s, Ranmoor in Sheffield. More recently, James has worked as Director for Mission Engagement at USPG (The United Society Partners in the Gospel).
James has taught theology at a variety of levels both in this country and in Guatemala. His particular research interests are in the areas of practical, urban, and political theology.
James is married to Joanne who is the Bishop of Stepney and they have three children and two badly-behaved dogs. James’ interests include art, cooking, and playing the classical guitar.