God is doing amazing things in and through the students of St Mellitus as they serve the church. I feel very privileged to be involved in the teaching and formation of students as they grow in their discipleship and ministry.
Revd Cara Lovell is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College. After working for 15 years in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist, Cara trained for ordained ministry at St Mellitus College, completing the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission in 2018. She is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry (DThM) at Durham University focusing on Practical Theology and the vocational discernment process towards ordained ministry in the Church of England.
Cara is Associate Minister at St Mary Hampton where her husband, Ben, is vicar. They have two daughters, Emily and Zoe. She also serves on the Pastoral Chaplaincy Team at St Paul’s Cathedral in a voluntary capacity.
Cara’s doctoral research focuses on the Church of England’s discernment process towards ordained ministry. She is undertaking documentary analysis to identify the underlying theology of vocation and discernment which is inherent within the process, alongside interviews with candidates to hear of their experiences and their theological interpretation of the process. Her doctoral thesis title is: “A Theological and Empirical Exploration of the Process of Vocational Discernment towards Ordained Ministry in the Church of England.”
Lovell, Cara. ‘Ordained Ministry: Divine Calling or Career Choice? Is There Anything Distinct about a Vocation to Ordained Ministry?’ Ecclesiology journal (2022).Available as an Open Access document here
Lovell, Cara. ‘Surprise, Hope and Gift: A Pneumatological Account of the Unexpected Nature of Vocation’ International Journal of Systematic Theology (2022). Available as an Open Access document here
Lovell, Cara. 'Book Review: How do you know it’s God? The Theology and Practice of Discerning a Call to Ministry by Lynn McChlery' Theology & Ministry (2022). Available as an Open Access document here
Lovell, Cara. ‘“Do You Believe That God Is Calling You to This Ministry?” Subjective and Objective Factors in Discerning Vocation in the Church of England’.Theology and Ministry, no. 6 (2020). Available as an Open Access document here.
Lovell, Cara and Lucy Swift. ‘Chronic Pain & Employment: The Role of Multi-Disciplinary Pain Management Programmes’ European Journal of Employment & Disadvantage, no 1 (2011).
Lovell, Cara. ’Spirituality in Occupational Therapy: Theory in Practice’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67:1 (2004).
DThM Doctorate in Theology and Ministry, Durham University (ongoing)
MA Theology, Ministry and Mission, Durham University (2018)
Graduate Diploma Theology, Ministry and Mission, Durham University (2016)
MSc Vocational Rehabilitation, Sheffield Hallam University (2010)
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Canterbury Christ Church University (2001)
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