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Robert came to Westminster in September 2017 as Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine. Since January 2018 he has also been Vice-Principal.
He was ordained Minister of Word and Sacraments in 2001 and served as minister of St Paul’s United Church (Methodist and URC) in Penmaenmawr, North Wales. Before coming to Cambridge he taught theology at Bangor University and then at the University of Wales: Trinity St David, the latter based in Lampeter.
Robert completed ordination training at Westminster College, Cambridge. Prior to that he was an undergraduate and postgraduate student in the University of Wales.
Robert contributes to CTF programmes teaching doctrine and history. He is engaged with others in delivering education and learning events in the United Reformed Church and currently serves on its Faith and Order Committee. He is also the editor of The Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society.
Robert’s research interests are in the field of Nonconformist and Dissenting history and theology with a secondary interest in theology and culture.
Building Jerusalem: Nonconformity, Labour and the Social Question in Wales 1906-1939 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1998; paperback edition, with new preface, published 2014).
Seeking God’s Kingdom: The Nonconformist Social Gospel in Wales 1906-1939 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999; paperback edition, with new preface, published 2015).
Salvation in Celluloid: Theology, Imagination and Film (London: T & T Clark – Continuum, 2007), pp. xii + 208.
(ed.) T & T Clark Companion to Nonconformity (London: Bloomsbury, 2013; paperback 2016).
Articles and Chapters
‘Defending the Faith: Theology in the Diocese of St Davids, c.1534-2000’, in William
Gibson and John Morgan-Guy (eds), Religion and Society in the Diocese of St Davids
1485-2011 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 63-89.
‘Immediate Revelation or the Basest Idolatry? Theology and Religious Experience’,
in Bettina E. Schmidt (ed.), The Study of Religious Experience: Approaches and
Methodologies (Sheffield: Equinox, 2016), pp. 105-124.
‘Conscription, Conscience and Building God’s Kingdom: Welsh Nonconformists and the
Great War’, in The Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society, Vol. 9, No. 10
(May 2017), pp. 575-597.