Dr Emma Percy


Emma studied History in Cambridge and then Theology in Durham where she also trained for ordination. She was ordained deacon in 1990 and then priest in 1994 – the year the Church of England first ordained women as priests.  She has worked in Chaplaincy at Anglia Ruskin University and now at Oxford. She was vicar of Holy Trinity Millhouses, Sheffield 1997-2004. Emma writes and speaks on ministry, pastoral theology, gender and feminist theology. 

She was awarded a PhD from Nottingham University in 2012. Her doctoral research has provided the basis for  Mothering as a Metaphor for Ministry (Ashgate 2014), and a more popular book, What Clergy Do: Especially when it looks like nothing (SPCK 2014).  She is the co-editor (with Martyn Percy, Ian Markham and Francesca Po) of The Study of Ministry Handbook: A Comprehensive Survey of Theory and Best Practice (SPCK, 2019).   Emma continues to research, write and speak about theology and mothering, Anglican ministry and the theology of care. She is the national Chair of Women and the Church (WATCH) a charity that works for gender justice in the Church of England.

Research Area(s)

Christian and Religious Ethics; Philosophical Theology

Research Interests

Feminist practical theology, Theology of Care, Mothering, Anglican Ministry and Pastoral practice, gender, virtues.

Publications & Research Outputs

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