Dr Grace Milton

Dr Grace Milton

Department of Theology and Religion
Research Fellow

Contact details

I joined the Cadbury Centre as a Research Fellow in September 2017.  Having completed my PhD in 2014 on the topic of contemporary Pentecostal/Charismatic conversion theology, my thesis is published as Shalom, the Spirit and Pentecostal Conversion.  As well as Pentecostal theology and religious conversion, my interests broadly lie in the relationship between faith and practice, particularly the ways that this is expressed in areas of religion, culture and society.  From April 2018 I will be working on The Hyphen Project: Cultural Conflict to Religious Transition.  This two-year, Paton-funded project investigates cultural conflicts faced by minority ethnic Christian converts in the UK, during times of life change (e.g. births, deaths, marriages), in order to better equip pastoral carers and support community reconciliation.

Qualifications

  • BA (Honours) in Theology, University of Exeter (2007).
  • MA in Religion and Culture, University of Birmingham (2009).
  • PhD in Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham (2014).

Biography

I embarked on the study of Theology fresh out of sixth form and have not looked back since. I undertook my BA in Theology at Exeter and was encouraged and motivated by inspiring tutors to continue on to postgraduate study. After moving to Birmingham in 2007 I conducted a part-time MA in Religion and Culture and I continued on to doctoral research in 2009.  My PhD thesis was a practical-theological exploration of the experiences and ordinary theology of contemporary Pentecostal Christians on the subject of conversion.

Having taught on a range of modules in the Department of Theology and Religion between 2014-16 at both UG and PG levels. the transition from teacher to researcher was punctuated by the birth of my daughter in 2016. Now I am delighted to be working with the Cadbury Centre on a range of different and exciting projects.

Teaching

I have taught on the following modules:

Undergraduate

  • Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • Introduction to the History of Christianity 
  • Religion and the Arts
  • Living Theology

Postgraduate

  • Contemporary Theology of the Holy Spirit (MA Distance Learning)
  • Evangelical and Pentecostal Hermeneutics (MA Distance Learning) 
  • Evangelical and Pentecostal Approaches to Music and Worship (MA Distance Learning)
  • Research Methods (MA Distance Learning)

Research

From April 2018 I will be working on The Hyphen Project: Cultural Conflict to Religious Transition.  This two-year, Paton-funded project investigates cultural conflicts faced by minority ethnic Christian converts in the UK, during times of life change (e.g. births, deaths, marriages), in order to better equip pastoral carers and support community reconciliation.

My research interests include:

  • Religious Conversion
  • Religion and Culture
  • Practical and Empirical Theology
  • Pentecostal-Charismatic Theology
  • Faith, Fertility and Family

Publications

Expertise

  • Religious conversion (particularly Pentecostal)
  • Minority Ethnic Christian conversion