Dr Ann Christie

Dr Ann Christie

I began my adult working life as a science teacher, only discovering Theology in my mid-30s. Ever since then I have been hooked on the subject! 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. Ordinary Theology continues to be my main research interest.  

Further Information


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

  • Foundations of Christian Theology
  • Christian Theologians: A Contextual Approach
  • Engaging in Contemporary Theology

I contribute to the modules Theology: Action and Reflection and Virtues and Values: Religion and Ethics.

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

At postgraduate level, I teach Ordinary Theology: The Theology of People in the Pew. This module draws on my own research and contributes to the MA in Theology and Religious Studies.


My main research interest is in 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, understood as the account, by Christians who have received no formal theological education, of who Jesus is and what he does for human salvation. I have recently published a book on this subject. My current research is on the implications of ordinary theology for theological education.

I am currently co-supervising the following PhD projects:

An evaluation of the 'Messy Church' movement in terms of its missiology and ecclesiology (from 2012, co-supervisor)

Cathedrals making Friends: The religious social capital of Anglican cathedral Friends' associations (submitted 2013, co-supervisor,)

The process of painting as a method of theological enquiry (from 2010, co-supervisor)


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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