Revd Jennifer Totney
Director of Contextual Training, Tutor for Admissions
Tel: 01223 272969
Jennifer is the Director of Contextual Training and Tutor for Admissions. She oversees contextual training, so that it shapes and enlivens the integrated formation offered at Westcott. She works with colleagues to enable students to develop strong skills and patterns of theological reflection, and ensures that students encounter a wide range of contexts in their training through attachments and placements in churches, colleges and secular institutions. Jennifer is excited to be working on the development of the new contextual pathway. She is a tutor with pastoral responsibility and teaches on the Ministry for Life Programme. As Tutor for Admissions, Jennifer helps potential students discern how Westcott House might help their vocations flourish.
Jennifer was an ordinand at Westcott, and served in parish ministry in the Diocese of Salisbury for 12 years, most recently as Team Vicar of the Vale of Pewsey Churches. She has been involved in theological education throughout this time, including as a tutor at Sarum College, and was the LLM Training Officer for the Diocese for 3 years.
Since her own training for ministry at Westcott, Jennifer has been interested in theological education in all levels and contexts, believing that theology is something to be shared to enable people to be drawn deeper into relationship with Christ.
Grounded in rural parish experience, she is keen to inspire others in these areas and embed collaborative ministry in the life of the church. She is interested in models of theological reflection that enable fruitful, lifelong and shared habits of growth and reflection.
Jennifer is also interested in the relationship between poetry, liturgy and theology, especially in the work of George Herbert.
‘The Ecclesiology of George Herbert’s poetry in The Temple’ Koinonia, New series No.61 (2013): 7-36.