The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson
Alan has served in the Diocese of Oxford since 1979, at Balliol College 1979-81 and NSM at Eynsham, then Curate of Caversham & Mapledurham (1982-89), and first incumbent of St John the Baptist Caversham from 1989-92. There was a Crematorium in the parish. Visiting several thousand families to listen to their stories of relatives and friends who had died was an education in the things that aren’t on the school curriculum. So was his work as a chaplain at Reading Prison, (1990-92). He also led various extramural courses in Applied Ethics and History for Reading University. He is a contrbutor to the New Dictionary of National Biography.
Alan has led the implementation groups for Terms and Conditions of Service (Common Tenure) and Ministry Development Review for the Oxford diocese, and currently chairs the Diocesan Board of Mission Mission in the World group. He has chaired the Diocesan Child Protection Group and has a long-standing connection with the Church House Deaneries Group, a resource for developing the role of deaneries in the life of the Church.
In 2010 he joined the Council of CODEC, the new media research centre at St John’s College, Durham xploring the realities and possibilities of new communications. He is a judge of the Christian New Media Awards (The Bloggies) and Trustee of Premier Christian Media. He has devised and led Sunday worship on BBC Radio 4, made broadcast appearances on Radio 4 (Sunday Programme, PM, World at One), BBC2 Newsnight, BBC News, Channel 4 News, as well as local radio. He has written for the Guardian, the London Times, The Spectator, and the Church Times.
Alan is a patron of the Buckinghamshire Foundation and Buckinghamshire Association for Young People. He is a joint President of the Milton Keynes Christian Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Buckinghamshire Historic Churches Preservation Trust. He is President of Padstones, an intermediate housing charity for young people.
Alan is Chair of the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education, with 281 maintained schools in the Thames Valley, serving some 52,000 school students. He serves on the Council of Wycombe Abbey School, and as associate governor of Cressex Community School, High Wycombe, a national challenge school which has been evolving into a Community Trust in collaboration with the Co-Operative movement. He is a governor (and former Chair of Governors) of the new Chiltern Hills Academy and a founding member of the Slough and Eton Church of England Business and Enterprise Academy Trust. He is a Trustee of the Eton Dorney project, a joint creative initiative with Eton College to enable interfaith dialogue among young people. He chairs Art Beyond Belief, an innovative interfaith education charity. He is Chairman of Christians Aware, a national Charity based in Leicester, that exists to foster cross cultural and interfaith understanding through visits, conferences and publications.
Alan was a founder member of the Ethics Committee of the University of Buckingham, 2009-10, where he has advised a PhD student in the business school, and has been involved in the new chaplaincy and a move to bring the study of theology into the University. In 2010 he was appointed as a Visiting Professor there. He is currently working on a book commission about Equality as a forgotten theological virtue.
His profile questionaire results for Norman Geras’ blog, as at 9 April 2010, may be found here.
Worth pondering (h/t St Antony’s Priory)
- Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves; they will have no end of fun.
- Blessed are those who can tell a mountain from a molehill; they will be saved a lot of bother.
- Blessed are those who know how to relax without looking for excuses; they are on their way to becoming wise.
- Blessed are those who are sane enough not to take themselves too seriously; they will be valued most by those about them.