Revd Dr Sharon Prentis

Revd Dr Sharon Prentis

Department of Theology and Religion
Intercultural Mission Enabler & Dean of Black & Minority Ethnic Affairs
Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

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My interest in all aspects of community life stems from growing up in an urban area. I am concerned with what enables people to thrive emotionally, physically and spiritually.


  • M.A. Ministry & Theology, The University of Sheffield
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (Research Supervision), University of Huddersfield
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Leeds
  • MSc. Medical & Social Anthropology, University of Keele
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Further & Higher Education, Wolverhampton University
  • BA (Honours) Applied Social Sciences, Coventry University.


The Revd Dr Sharon Prentis is Mission Enabler & Dean of Black and Minority Ethnic Affairs for the Church of England in Birmingham. Previous work experience has included being a Tutor in Theology, Deputy Director for Research & Development at The Salvation Army and a Director of a faith-based organisation where she helped set up a social enterprise. After gaining degrees in social sciences, anthropology and theology her research and teaching has predominately been in community and education contexts. 

In 2003, her work was recognised by the Department of Health when she was named as a Mary Seacole Scholar for a project on faith and the impact on health.  She is currently a trustee of Thrive Birmingham- a charitable organization which supports individuals, churches and organisations who are motivated by faith to address issues of poverty and work actively to see their neighbourhoods flourish. Sharon is a member of the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns a National group for the Church of England


Exploring the relationship between spirituality, community and well-being. Intercultural Churches and their leadership.

Other activities

  • Member of the National Committee for Anglican Concerns, Church of England


  • Simpson Prentis S, Atkin K, Raynor DK, Closs SJ. How professionals define medicines management: a preliminary qualitative investigation. Int J Pharm Pract 2002; 10 (suppl): R14
  • Simpson Prentis S, Atkin K, Raynor DK, Closs SJ. Managing medicines: a social world’s perspective of professional involvement. Int J Pharmacy Practice 2003, 11 (suppl): R92
  • Simpson Prentis S, The medicine needs and failures of taking drugs within African Caribbean and South Asian communities. Mary Seacole Scholar, Department of Health 2004
  • Prentis S, Come as We Are: re-visioning the landscape of BAME involvement and representation in the Church of England. Reform & Renewal 2017 
  • Prentis S, Wattis J, Stephenson J, Rogers, M & Jones J. Lecturers in Higher Education: Perceptions of Spirituality in Healthcare. Nursing Standard 29 (3) (2014): 44-52
  • Prentis S, Pottinger T, Hinds G, Lewis K & Low C. The Social Value of Support to Recovery: An Evaluation of Service Activity. University of Huddersfield (2012).