Dr Ann Christie

Dr Ann Christie

I began my adult working life as a science teacher, only discovering theology in my mid-30s. After completing an MA in Theology and Religious Studies in 1999, I went on to do a PhD at Durham University, before becoming a research consultant in 2005 for the North of England Institute for Christian Education (NEICE). I joined the staff at York St John University in 2007. Teaching theology to undergraduates is now an important part of my work and I teach across all levels of the undergraduate programme, specialising in Christian theology and practical theology.


Further Information



I teach on a number of modules across the undergraduate programme, specializing in Christian theology and practical theology. Modules I direct include:

  • Foundations of Christian Theology
  • Christian Theology in the Modern World
  • Issues in Contemporary Theology
  • Religion and Art
  • Work-Related Learning

I also supervise dissertations on a range of topics, mainly related to Christian doctrine or practical theology.

I am also course leader for the MA Religion in Society and direct the MA dissertation module.




My main research interest has been ordinary theology, understood as the theology and theologizing of Christians who have received little or no theological education of a scholarly, academic or systematic kind. Ordinary theology research investigates (using social-scientific methods) both the content of peoples’ beliefs and the processes of learning, holding, developing, patterning and critiquing these beliefs. My PhD research focused on mapping and critically analysing ordinary Christology and in 2012 I published Ordinary Christology: Who Do You Say I Am? Answers From The Pews. However, as a result of my recent involvement in delivering work-related learning modules in the undergraduate curriculum, I am currently researching employability in Higher Education, focussing on pedagogy for employability and student perceptions of work-related learning in their degree programme.




Ann Christie, ‘Jesus as Exemplar’, in Jeff Astley and Leslie Francis (eds.), Exploring Ordinary Theology: Dimensions of Everyday Christian Existence and the Life of the Church (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 77 - 85

Ann Christie, Ordinary Christology: Who Do You Say I Am? Answers From The Pews (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012)

Ann Christie and Jeff Astley, 'Ordinary Soteriology: A Qualitative Study', in Leslie J Francis, Jeff Astley and Mandy Robbins (eds.), Texts and Tables: Explorations in Empirical Theology (Leiden: Brill, 2009), pp. 177 - 196

Ann Christie and Jeff Astley, Taking Ordinary Theology Seriously (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2007)


Professional Activity


Professional Membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British and Irish Association for Practical Theology

Ecclesiology and Ethnography Research Network



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