Andrew Todd

Coordinator for the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality and Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Spirituality

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Andrew Todd is practical theologian and ethnographer, with particular interests in lived religion and spirituality.  He has a life-long engagement with Christian spirituality and is a Franciscan Tertiary and Anglican Priest (with experience of parish, chaplaincy and cathedral ministry).  He has also engaged, practically and theoretically, with the Cistercian tradition, and the work of Thomas Merton.

He has worked in theological education in different settings for more than twenty years (and is a past President of the Cambridge Theological Federation).  For the ten years before coming to Sarum College, he worked in Cardiff, at St Michael’s College (now St Padarn’s Institute) and Cardiff University.  He was Director of the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies and has published widely in this field.  Work with chaplains led to research engagement with contemporary religion and spirituality, in public, multi-faith and informal contexts.

Current research includes participation in a Canada-UK research project, ‘Prayer as Transgression?’, which is an investigation of the contested place of prayer in public healthcare.  Planned future research will focus on the interaction of historic spirituality and its contemporary expressions.  One focus for such interaction is the contemporary interest in contemplative practice, which can act as an intersection between historic Christian spirituality, the practice of other faiths such as Buddhism, and contemporary practices such as mindfulness.

Andrew’s other spiritual and contemplative home is the mountains and hills of Cumbria (where he grew up), South Wales and the Alps.



  • (2017) Ray Samuriwo, Stephen Pattison, Andrew Todd and Ben Hannigan, Values in health and social care: An introductory workbook, (Jessica Kingsley)
  • (2017) Ed. John Caperon, Andrew Todd & James Walters, Chaplaincy and Christian theology (Jessica Kingsley)
  • (2015) Ed. Chris Swift, Mark Cobb & Andrew Todd (eds.) A handbook of chaplaincy studies (Ashgate)
  • (2015) Ed. Jonathan Pye, Peter Sedgwick & Andrew Todd (eds.), Critical care: Delivering spiritual care in healthcare contexts (Jessica Kingsley)
  • (2013) Ed. Andrew Todd, Military Chaplaincy in contention: Chaplains, churches, and the morality of conflict (Ashgate)
  • (1999) Michael West, Graham Noble & Andrew Todd, Living theology (Darton, Longman & Todd)

Book Chapters

  • (Forthcoming) ‘Prison and Religion in the UK,’ in ed. Anne-Laure Zwilling and Julia Martínez-Ariño, Prison and Religion in Europe (Springer). Peer-reviewed book chapter
  • (Forthcoming) ‘Clerical and Lay Models of Ministry,’ in ed. Martyn Percy et al, The Study of Ministry (SPCK)
  • (2017) ‘A Theology of the World,’ in ed. John Caperon, Andrew Todd & James Walters, A Christian Theology of Chaplaincy (Jessica Kingsley): 21-42
  • (2016) ‘Chaplaincy Public Sector Policy in the UK: International Lessons to be Learnt for Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care,’ in ed. Ali Ayten, Mustafa Koç, Nuri Tınaz and Mehmet Ali Doǧan, Religious-Spiritual Counselling & Care. (Istanbul: Center for Values Education (DEM) Press): 91-109
  • (2015) ‘The value of spiritual care: Negotiating spaces and practices for spiritual care in the public domain,’ in ed. Pye, et al, Critical Care: Delivering Spiritual Care in Healthcare Contexts (Jessica Kingsley): 70-86
  • (2013) Andrew Todd with Colin Butler, ‘Moral engagements: Morality, mission and military chaplaincy,’ in ed. Andrew Todd, Military Chaplaincy in Contention: Chaplains, Churches, and the Morality of Conflict (Ashgate): 151-168
  • (2011) ‘Responding to diversity: Chaplaincy in a multi-faith context’, in ed. Miranda Threlfall-Holmes and Mark Newitt, Being a chaplain (SPCK): 89-102
  • (2010) ‘Negotiating Daniel’s masculinity: The appropriation of Daniel’s dreams by actual (rather than ideal) readers’, in ed. Ovidiu Creangă, Men and masculinity in the Hebrew Bible and beyond (Sheffield Phoenix Press): 212-232
  • (2002) ‘Of presbyters and priests – An Anglican view’ in ed. Esther Shreeve and Philip Luscombe, What is a minister? (Epworth Press): 104-116

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

  • (2016) Julian Raffay, Emily Wood and Andrew Todd, ‘Service user views of spiritual and pastoral care (chaplaincy) in NHS mental health services: A co-produced constructivist grounded theory investigation’, BMC Psychiatry, 16(200)
  • (2016) Guest Editor, Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 4(1)
  • (2016) Emily Wood, Julian Raffay and Andrew Todd, ‘How could co-production principles improve mental health spiritual and pastoral care (chaplaincy) services?’  Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 4(1): 51-56
  • (2015) ‘Religion, security, rights, the individual and rates of exchange: Religion in negotiation with British public policy in prisons and the military’, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 28(1): 37-50
  • (2013) ‘Preventing the “neutral” chaplain? The potential impact of anti-“extremism” policy on prison chaplaincy’, Practical Theology, 6 (2): 144-158
  • (2013) ‘The interaction of talk and text: Re-contextualising biblical interpretation’, Practical Theology, 6(1): 69-85
  • (2005) ‘Repertoires or nodes? Constructing meanings in Bible-study groups’, Journal of Applied Linguistics, 4(2): 219-238
  • (2000) ‘What is theological about theological Reflection?’, British Journal of Theological Education, 11(1): 35-45

Research Reports

  • (2015) Andrew Todd and Lee Tipton, What part does faith play in healthcare?  Research report to the Healthcare Chaplaincy Faith and Belief Group
  • (2014) Andrew Todd, Victoria Slater and Sarah Dunlop, The Church of England’s involvement in chaplaincy, Research report for the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council
  • (2011) Andrew Todd and Lee Tipton, The role and contribution of a multi-faith prison chaplaincy to the contemporary prison service, Research report to the National Offender Management Service

Commissioned Articles

  • (2016) ‘Lay chaplaincy and the people of God, @Ming Hua, 13: 18-19 (The journal of SKH Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong)
  • (2015) ‘Chaplaincy as mission’, The Reader, 113(3): 26-27
  • (2015) ‘Chaplaincy: The hidden story of lay volunteers’, The Reader, 113(2): 14-15
  • (2014) ‘Repatriations and the role of chaplaincy: A reflection on ritual as performed theology’, Royal Army Chaplains’ Department Journal, 53: 82-89
  • (2011) ‘Chaplaincy leading Church in(to) the public square’, Crucible: The Christian journal of social ethics, October-December issue: 7-15
  • (2009) ‘Reflecting ethically with British Army Chaplains’, The Review of Faith and International Affairs. 7(4): 77-82
  • (2007) ‘Engaging with trends in Chaplaincy: Living faith in other people’s houses’, The Journal of the Royal Army Chaplains Department, 46: 6-9