Revd Louise Kenyon BA, MA (MMU)
Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Social Theology and Youth Work
My PhD research includes an interest in ecclesiastical architecture…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 as Assistant Dean since 2016. 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.
National connections include membership of The Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work Education, the UK Christian Youth Work Consortium, and as the Manchester (NTC) centre director for the Equip: Youth Work course.
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.
My current 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. These are connected to my PhD research; ‘Contested geographies of sacred space and belief: a case study of Gorton Monastery’
I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and am involved in face-to-face youth work in the Longsight area of Manchester (yes, I still recognise a 14-year-old when I see one!) 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.