HigtonI am a Christian theologian.  I teach, I write books and articles, and I doodle in meetings.  I work in Durham University's Department of Theology and Religion, where I am Professor of Theology and Ministry.

My post in Durham is part of the University's Common Awards partnership with the Church of England. I am responsible for academic input into the University's validation of the Common Awards in Theology, Ministry and Mission offered by the Church in colleges and courses around the country, and for developing collaborative research projects that bring together people from the church and university sectors to discuss the future of theological education.

I am married to Hester, a historian of science who now works as a copy-editor and proofreader, and have two children, Bridget and Tom.


In 1991, at the beginning of the third year of my undergraduate degree, I made a last-minute decision to switch from maths to theology – and I haven’t looked back since. I started my first teaching job in 1999 in Exeter’s Department of Lifelong Learning, overseeing evening classes in theology all over the South West from Truro to Yeovil, and developing distance learning courses. In 2005 I moved over to the Department of Theology, where I taught modern Christian theology and the history of Christian doctrine, and became became Head of Department in 2006. In 2010, I took up a three-year secondment to the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, to develop research programmes bringing together scholars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and helping develop associated public education projects.


There's some more information on my Durham staff profile page.
I used to keep a blog, and the archive is still available online.
My wife and I also used to keep a family blog, also still available.
I'm on academia.edu and on Twitter.