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Leech Fellows

Rev Dr Stuart Bell

Stuart Bell is a Methodist minister, currently living in Nottingham. After studying computer science at Manchester University, he taught that subject for seven years at Plymouth College of Further Education and Plymouth Polytechnic. Training for ordained ministry at Wesley House and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge was followed by appointments in Brighton, Horsham and Southampton. While in Southampton, he completed an MTh in Applied Theology at Oxford, his dissertation examining the influence of the First World War on the Anglican Modernists. He was awarded his PhD in 2016 by the University of Birmingham, his thesis exploring the impact of that conflict on the faith of the people of Britain. He has published several book chapters and journal articles in recent years on religion and conflict. In 2018, with Professor Tom O’Loughlin of Nottingham University, he co-edited a critical centenary edition of Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy’s ‘The Hardest Part’, published by SCM.


Dr Ruth Perrin

Dr Ruth Perrin has been in ministry with young adults for 20+ years and achieved an MATM at Cranmer Hall (2007) and PhD in the Department of Theology & Religion at Durham (2015). She subsequently spent 2 ½ years as the Leech Research Fellow at St John's, continuing her research into faith development among young adults. She now speaks, teaches, researches and writes on the subject of young adult faith but also undertakes freelance research into Christian faith and the Church in the UK more widely. Ruth is associate staff at King’s Church Durham and a faculty member at the Westminster Theological Centre. Her publications include Inspiring Women; Exploring Biblical Role ModelsThe Bible Reading of Young Evangelicals and Changing Shape; The Faith Lives of Millennials.