Revd Louise Kenyon

Reverend Louise Kenyon smiling at the camera while she stands in front of a tree.

Revd Louise Kenyon BA, MA (MMU)

Lecturer in Social Theology and Youth Work

Email: lkenyon@nazarene.ac.uk

My research interests include ecclesiastical architecture and art…I can often be found wandering around ruins, graveyards, and old churches, camera and notebook in hand.

I have been teaching at NTC since 2004 in the areas of social theology and youth work with oversight of the BA (Hons) Theology: Youth and Community programme alongside oversight of student placements (2004-2016) and have served as Assistant Dean with oversight of our Undergraduate programmes (2016-2019). I am JNC qualified and have over 20 years youth work experience working in a variety of contexts including statutory youth work and church-based youth work and ministry. I am particularly interested in supporting and developing Christian youth workers and local churches through a range of training opportunities, and work closely with Nazarene pastors to enable them to meet their educational requirements for ordination through NTC.

National connections include membership of The Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work Education; the UK Christian Youth Work ConsortiumThe Pugin SocietyArt and Christianity.

My MA research explored the relevance of the core values and National Occupational Standards for Youth Work for those with professional youth work qualifications working in a church context. This is an ongoing area of interest alongside the deployment of qualifying Christian youth workers, good practice in youth work, the development and transitions of young people, the history of youth and community work.

Further research includes an interest in Gothic and neo-Gothic ecclesiastical architecture, E.W. Pugin, memory, faith, belief, visual methodologies, geographies of religion and spirituality, atmospheres, sacred space, materiality, and community.

I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene where I serve on the Pastoral Team, and as a trustee with M13 Youth Project in Manchester. Other interests include visual art in worship, film, architecture, the history of 19th century industrial England, and photography. Consequently, I can often be found wandering around ruins, graveyards, old churches, abbeys and monasteries, camera and notebook in hand.