Dr Ian Jones

Dr Ian Jones - photo


As Director of St Peter's Saltley Trust since 2007, I am engaged in a wide range of church-facing research in support of Trust projects and partners.

I was Research Associate at the Lincoln Theological Institute for the Study of Religion and Society (first at University of Sheffield, then in Religions and Theology, University of Manchester) 2000-07, researching the Church of England's experience of women's ordination as priests.

For my PhD (Dept of Theology, University of Birmingham, 2000), I studied local church life and generational change in Birmingham - supervised by Prof Hugh McLeod.

I have a BA and MA in History (1993 and 1995 respectively) from the University of York.

Research Interests:

1) Christianity in Post-War England - particularly local church life, age and generational change in church participation, music for worship, popular religious attitudes to social, moral and cultural change.

2) Changing understandings of Christian discipleship and its equivalents (e.g., 'holy living', 'the Christian life', etc.) - i.e., how Christian communities at different periods have understood the nature and tasks of everyday Christian 'being and doing'.  I have begun this through an exploration of conceptions of discipleship in the Christian spiritual 'classics' and other published writings on the Christian life.

3) The development of resources and approaches to helping local church congregations and their clergy engage with the history of Christianity, as a tool for contemporary mission and ministry.  

Publications relevant to the history of Christianity (as sole author or editor unless otherwise stated):

  •  'Faith in the Public Square in 1941 and 1991: Two Malvern Conferences Reviewed', Journal of Beliefs and Values 37:3 (2016), pp. 247-258
  • The Local Church and Generational Change in Birmingham, 1945-2000 (Royal Historical Society/Boydell and Brewer, 2012)
  • ‘Unemployment and the Response of the Churches: A Historical Conversation’ in Crucible: Journal of Church and Society (July-September 2012), pp. 7-20
  • ‘Introduction: Daily Life and Worship’ and (with Peter Webster) ‘Church Music’ in ‘The Churches since 1945’ in Dee Dyas (ed.), The English Parish Church through the Centuries: daily life & spirituality, art & architecture, literature & music [DVD-Rom] (Christianity and Culture Project, University of York/St John’s Nottingham, 2010)
  • Peter Webster and Ian Jones, ‘New Music and the Evangelical Style in the Church of England, c. 1958-1991’ in Mark Smith (ed.), British Evangelical Identities vol 1 (2 vols, Paternoster Press, 2008), pp. 167-79
  • Ian Jones, Janet Wootton and Kirsty Thorpe (eds), Women and Ordination in the Christian Churches: International Perspectives (T&T Clark/Continuum, London, 2008; paperback 2012)
  • Ian Jones with Peter Webster, ‘Expressions of Authenticity: Music for Worship’ in Jane Garnett, Matthew Grimley, Alana Harris, William Whyte and Sarah Williams (eds), Redefining Christian Britain: Post-1945 Perspectives (SCM Press, London, 2007), pp. 50-62
  • Ian Jones and Peter Webster, ‘The Theological Problem of Popular Music for Worship in Contemporary Christianity’, Crucible July-September 2006, pp. 9-16
  • Ian Jones and Peter Webster, ‘Anglican “Establishment” reactions to “Pop” Church Music in England, c. 1956-1990’ in Kate Cooper and Jeremy Gregory (eds), Elite and Popular Religion: Studies in Church History 42 (2006), pp. 429-441
  • Women and Priesthood in the Church of England: Ten Years On (Church House Publishing, London, 2004)
  • ‘Earrings behind the Altar?  Anglican Expectations of the Ordination of Women as Priests’, Dutch Review of Church History  83 (2003), pp. 462-476
  • ‘The Clergy, the Cold War and the Mission of the Local Church: England, c. 1945-60’ in Diane Kirby (ed.), Religion and the Cold War (Palgrave/Macmillan, London, 2003, paperback 2013), pp. 188-199
  • Martyn Percy and Ian Jones (eds), Fundamentalism, Church and Society (SPCK, London, 2002)
  • Several short entries in Michael J. Walsh (ed.), Dictionary of Christian Biography (Continuum, London, 2001)
  • ‘More Desperate than any other Diocese in England?  Christianity in Modern Birmingham’ in Nils G. Holm (ed.), Christianity and Islam in School Religious Education (Abo Akademis Tryckeri, Abo [Finland], 2000), pp. 137-165
  • Brass Bands in York, 1833-1914 (University of York Borthwick Paper no. 85, York, 1995)