Reverend Dr Kenneth Jeffrey

Reverend Dr Kenneth Jeffrey
Reverend Dr Kenneth Jeffrey

Reverend Dr Kenneth Jeffrey

BA (Stirling) BD (Aberdeen) Phd (Stirling) DMin (Aberdeen/ Pittsburgh)

Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)

About

KCF2

Kings College

Old Aberdeen

AB24 3UB

Scotland, UK

 

Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History

Biography

Born in Northern Ireland and brought up in Holywood where he attended Sullivan Upper School, Ken Jeffrey went to Stirling University in 1988 where he studied History with Professor David Bebbington.

After graduating, he travelled to Malawi where he taught English and Bible Knowledge for two years at Livingstonia Secondary School.

In 1994, he returned to Aberdeen University where he gained a first class honours BD. Ken undertook post graduate studies with David Bebbington and studied the 1859 Revival as it affected the communities of north east Scotland. He was awarded his PhD in 2000 and his thesis was published by Paternoster under the title When the Lord walked the land.

Between 2000 and 2002, he served as a Probationary Minister at Rubislaw Parish Church in Aberdeen, before he was ordained and inducted as minister of The Parish Church of Cupar Old and St Michael of Tarvit in Fife where he served for almost twelve years. During this time, he undertook further studies at Aberdeen University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was awarded a DMin degree.

In January 2014 he was appointed as the new Director of the Centre for Ministry Studies at Aberdeen University. The CMS has nurtured an innovative working relationship between the academy and the church and provides education and training for people involved in Christian ministry at home and abroad through a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and a calendar of annual activities and events.

Ken has also created a collaborative partnership between Aberdeen University and Zomba Theological College in Malawi where he delivers the MTh Ministry Studies course to ministers of the Central Church Africa Presbyterian, and helps supervise some of the staff from the College on Aberdeen's distance PhD programme.

His current research interests concern Billy Graham and the All Scotland Crusade of 1955. In 2019 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Modern Church History.

Qualifications

  • BA History 
    1992 - University of Stirling 
    Specialist Honours Subject: William Ewart Gladstone uG Dissertation: The 1859 Revival in Ulster
  • BD Divinity 
    1997 - University of Aberdeen 
    First Class Honours
  • PhD History 
    2000 - University of Stirling 
    Subject: The 1859 Revival in the north east of Scotland
  • DMin Ministry Studies 
    2016 - University of Aberdeen and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary 
    Dissertation: The Practice of Hospitality in Cupar Old Parish Church

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Coordinator of the Centre for Ministry Studies

Coordinator of the Theology (Online) Programme

 

External Memberships
  • External Examiner:

Birmingham University, England (DPT Programme)

Union Theological College, Northern Ireland

  • MTh External Examiner at:

Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia

  • PhD External Examiner at:

Glasgow University, Scotland

  • Membership of Scholarly Societies

Christianity and History Forum

Ecclesisatical History Society  (Committee Member, 2020-2023)

Scottish Church History Society

Latest Publications

  • The Industrial Gospel of Robert Laws and the Livingstonia Expedition

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    Scottish Church History, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 38-50
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Vision of Pastoral Care

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    Pastoral Care. Um, H. (ed.). St Andrews Press, pp. 12-15, 4 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Making sense of the 1859 Revival in the North-East of Scotland

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    On Revival. Walker, A., Aune, K. (eds.). Paternoster Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • When the Lord walked the land: The 1858-62 Revival in the North East of Scotland

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    Paternoster Press, Carlisle. 303 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Work, Leisure and Revival: The integration of the 1859 Revival into the working and social lives of the townsfolk, fermfolk and fisherfolk of Aberdeenshire

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    The Use and Abuse of Time in Christian History. Swanson, R. (ed.). The Boydell Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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Research

Research Overview

Revivals, Renewal, Church Growth and Christian Ministry

I have a particular passion for the history of Evangelicalism and of revivals. I  have examined how these 'seasons of grace' have appeared across Britain, and Scotland in particular, during the last four hundred years. More broadly, my interests extend to modern Scottish church history from the eighteenth century, and the history of mission in Malawi in particular.

I also have a keen curiosity in the spiritual renewal of the church today and its expression in new and pioneering forms of ministry. I supervise doctoral students who undertake research into new churches formed in Glasgow between 2000 and 2016, discipleship practices among missional churches in Texas, and the recovery of ancient practices among other neo-liturgical churches in America.

I maintain an enthusiasm for subjects that concern Christian ministry, including leadership, pastoral care,  Practices, preaching and spiritual formation. My affection for these matters is informed by an appreciation of the richness of our long and whole Christian tradition.

My current research interests include:

Billy Graham and the All Scotland Crusade in 1955.

Research Areas

Current Research

RECENTLY COMPLETED DOCTORAL SUPERVISION

Dr Sheila Akomiah (Ghana)

The changing landscape of the church in post-Christendom Britain: New churches in Glasgow 2000-2016

Dr Sara Blakeney (America)

'Calling out the gold in me': The Discipleship of Millennials in Missional Communities in Texas

Dr Paul Coulter (Northern Ireland)

Church and Mission in Four Aspects: Locating church planting within a missionary ecclesiology for the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church in contemporary Northern Ireland

Dr Nam Vo (Vietnam)

Spiritual Formation Practices and Youth Ministry in Vietnam

 

Dr Stuart Sheehan (America)

The Changing Theological functions of Corporate Worship among Southern Baptists: What they were and what they became, 1638-2008

 

 

CURRENT DOCTORAL SUPERVISION

Winfield Bevins (America)

Examining the Impact of the Evangelical Ressourcement Movement on the Liturgical Practices of Neo-liturgical Churches in the United States

 

Erin Crider (America)

What theological and practical resources might a conversational ecclesiology offer to church planters?

 

Sam Crossley (England)

Revivals in the Potteries, 1807-1886: From 'Mow Cop' to 'Gipsy Smith'

 

William Hamilton (Northern Ireland)

Ministries of Reconciliation within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

 

Seonkuk Kim (South Korea)

Disappearing GenZ: A missional challenge in the changing context of South Korea

 

Billy Linscott (America)

The Evangelical Church and the Urban Poor

 

Rubens Muzio (Brazil)

Sanctification in seventeenth-century English Puritan pastoral theology

 

Brian Theu (Malawi)

The Impact of Witchcraft Beliefs and Practices on members of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian: A Case Study of Livingstonia Synod

 

Bethany Watt (Scotland)

Presbyterian Secession in north east Scotland

 

George Weagba (Liberia)

A contemporary survey of narrative preaching among United Methodist Pastors in Liberia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

1. Undergraduate:

An Introduction to Pastoral Care

An Introduction to Christian Spirituality

Scottish Church History and Theology

Scottish Revivals

Theology and Practice of Preaching

 

2. PGT: MTh Ministry Studies: (At Aberdeen University and Zomba Theological College, Malawi)

Spiritual Formation

Leadership

Preaching

Christian Practices

 

3. PGR: Doctorate in Practical Theology

Literature Review

Publishable Article

Research Proposal

Reflective Writing

 

Publications

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  • The Industrial Gospel of Robert Laws and the Livingstonia Expedition

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    Scottish Church History, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 38-50
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Vision of Pastoral Care

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    Pastoral Care. Um, H. (ed.). St Andrews Press, pp. 12-15, 4 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Making sense of the 1859 Revival in the North-East of Scotland

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    On Revival. Walker, A., Aune, K. (eds.). Paternoster Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • When the Lord walked the land: The 1858-62 Revival in the North East of Scotland

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    Paternoster Press, Carlisle. 303 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Work, Leisure and Revival: The integration of the 1859 Revival into the working and social lives of the townsfolk, fermfolk and fisherfolk of Aberdeenshire

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    The Use and Abuse of Time in Christian History. Swanson, R. (ed.). The Boydell Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Physical Phenomena in the 1859 Ulster Revival

    Jeffrey, K. S.
    The Rutherford Journal
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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