Father Jarel Robinson-Brown is the Assistant Curate at St Botolph-without-Aldgate and Holy Trinity Minories in the Diocese of London. He is also Visiting Scholar at Sarum College, Salisbury and Co-Chair of the LGBT+ Christian Charity OneBodyOneFaith which works for the full inclusion of LGBT+ people in the Church. Jarel trained for ordination at Wesley House, Cambridge from 2010-2013 and served as attachment Ordinand at Clare College, Cambridge. From 2013-2018 he served as Minister in Charge of St Andrew’s Methodist Church and Rumney Methodist Church in South Wales following ordination at Chester Cathedral before moving to be Minister of Trinity Methodist Church, Plumstead and Abbey Wood Methodist Church. Most recently Jarel served as Associate Chaplain at King’s College London from 2019-2021 and in the Parish of Putney, before becoming Assistant Curate in the City of London. In 2021, after his Methodist Ministry he was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon on the Feast of St Thomas and priest on the Feast of St Andrew.
Jarel’s academic interests are in Early Christian History, Patristics, and Egyptian Late Antiquity. He is particular interested in the body, desire, gender and ethnicity in Christian Late Antiquity and has published in the areas of queer theology, liberation theology and trauma theology. His undergraduate dissertation for which he was awarded a first examined the rules of St Benedict of Nursia and John Wesley, and his graduate dissertation entitled ‘The Contours of Ante-Nicene Prayer in Origen of Alexandria’s ‘De Oratione’ involved a study of prayer in the early North African Church. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical History Society, the Society for the Study of Theology and was elected to membership of the Nikaean Club in November 2022.
In 2018, Jarel was a finalist in Sermon of the Year and is in high demand as a preacher and public speaker. He has preached and spoken at various places such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Yale Divinity School, and Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities. Jarel is a priest in the Sodality of Mary (an international community of Anglican priests in the Anglo-Catholic tradition), and he is also a Benedictine Oblate of Ealing Abbey.
He occasionally blogs at: changedfromgloryintoglory.wordpress.com
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