Revd Dr Allison Fenton

Vice-Principal of Initial Ministerial Education

Allison previously served as Associate Minister for St Mary’s Church, Sherburn, St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth, and St Giles Church, Durham, and studies skills tutor for Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership.

Allison trained as an English and Drama teacher, working in schools in Durham and Darlington as both an English teacher and Religious Studies teacher.  She trained as a Reader in the Church of England in 2000, and began ordination training at Cranmer Hall in 2006.  She was awarded a MThM with distinction in 2008, developing a particular interest in motherhood and spirituality.

After serving her curacy in Newcastle Diocese, she served as priest in charge of a parish in the Newcastle’s West End before moving to Durham to serve in the parishes of St Mary, Sherburn, St Cuthbert Shadforth and St Giles, Durham as Associate Priest. During this time she also completed the DThM , working under the supervision of Prof Douglas Davies and Dr Jocelyn Bryan.  Her thesis title is ‘Meaning-making for Mothers in the North East: an Ethnography of Baptism.’  For a number of years she worked as an associate tutor for Lindisfarne rtp in a number of roles including studies skills tutor and tutor for pastoral theology.  She has interests in feminist theology, ritual and liturgy, and developing spirituality.

Allison is a member of the third order of the Holy Paraclete, whose mother-house is in Whitby. In her spare time she is learning to paint watercolour, knits badly and bakes. She is married to Jonny: they have three almost grown up, jazz-playing boys and a Bedlington Terrier.