Kenneth Jeffrey

Kenneth Jeffrey, BA BD PhD DMin

Rev Dr, Reverend Dr

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Modern Church History


    Research activity per year

    Personal profile


    Born in Northern Ireland and brought up in Holywood where he attended Sullivan Upper School, Ken Jeffrey went to Stirling University in 1988 where he studied History with Professor David Bebbington.

    After graduating, he went to Malawi where he taught English and Bible Knowledge for two years at Livingstonia Secondary School.

    In 1994, he returned to Aberdeen University where he gained a first class honours BD. Ken undertook post graduate studies with David Bebbington and studied the 1859 Revival as it affected the communities of north east Scotland. He was awarded his PhD in 2000 and his thesis was published by Paternoster under the title When the Lord walked the land.

    Between 2000 and 2002, he served as a Probationary Minister at Rubislaw Parish Church in Aberdeen, before he was ordained and inducted as minister of The Parish Church of Cupar Old and St Michael of Tarvit in Fife where he served for almost twelve years. During this time, he undertook further studies at Aberdeen University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was awarded a DMin degree.

    In January 2014 he was appointed as the new Director of the Centre for Ministry Studies at Aberdeen University. The CMS has nurtured an innovative working relationship between the academy and the church and provides education and training for people involved in Christian ministry at home and abroad through a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and a calendar of annual activities and events.

    Ken has also created a collaborative partnership between Aberdeen University and Zomba Theological College in Malawi where he delivers the MTh Ministry Studies course to ministers of the Central Church Africa Presbyterian, and helps supervise some of the staff from the College on Aberdeen's distance PhD programme.

    He continues to develop his interest in nineteenth and twentieth century religious movements and in modern Scottish church history, and in 2019 was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Church History.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Arts & Social Sciences, Doctoral Degree, Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

    Sept 2011Jun 2015

    Arts & Social Sciences, PhD, The 1859 Revival in the north east of Scotland, University of Stirling

    Sept 1997Sept 2000

    Arts & Social Sciences, Bachelors Degree

    Sept 1994Jun 1997

    Arts & Social Sciences, Bachelors Degree, University of Stirling

    Sept 1988Jun 1992

    External positions

    External Examiner, Union Theological College

    Dec 2018Dec 2022

    External Examiner, Birmingham City University

    Dec 2017Dec 2021

    Area of Expertise

    • Theology and Religious Studies
    • Church History


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