Coordinator, Centre for Formation in Ministry and Director of Contextual Learning
The Revd Paul Burden trained in engineering at Cambridge University, and worked in the nuclear industry before studying theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Ordained in 1992, he spent 22 years in parish ministry in Bath and Wells Diocese, where he has been a Training Incumbent, Archdeaconry Warden of Readers, Vocations Adviser and involved in other aspects of training and ministry support for lay and ordained ministries.
Paul has been at Sarum College since April 2014 in the training of ordinands and licensed lay ministers. He has a keen desire to see the practical skills of ministry rooted in theology and reflective practice with a clear missional perspective. A particular interest is in homiletics, together with interests in mission, leadership and self-care, worship, and rural ministry and mission. The advantage of studying preaching, he says, is that it allows him to dabble in many other interesting areas of theology and practice.
In the Centre for Formation in Ministry Paul teaches on preaching, human identity, mission and evangelism, leadership and worship, as well as overseeing the long placement module. He leads training on preaching across different denominations, and was on the Executive of the College of Preachers for eight years to 2019. When ministry training commitments allow, he leads and preaches regularly in churches in the two dioceses around where he lives in Somerset.