St Mellitus College is delighted to announce that Revd Dr Sharon Prentis has been appointed as the new Dean of Ministry at St Mellitus College.
The Dean of Ministry has a particular focus on the ministerial and formational life of the College. Sharon’s role has national oversight to equip women and men to be confident disciples with a love for Jesus Christ to impact a generation.
Revd Dr Sharon Prentis says:
“I am profoundly grateful to have been invited to serve as Dean of Ministry at St Mellitus College. My vocation is rooted in a desire to see others flourish, particularly in leadership and ministry. I view my life of faith, as someone from a global majority heritage background with an eclectic experience, as an opportunity to speak into a range of situations with humility and credibility. My heart is to see the Church embrace the whole people of God so that all can fully participate in what God is calling us to be at this time and I am looking forward to seeing women and men come into relationship with God through the work of SMC, so that the kingdom can be more evident.”
Revd Russell Winfield (Dean of St Mellitus College) says:
“I am thrilled that Sharon has accepted the role of Dean of Ministry. Sharon has extensive experience working within the Church in senior strategic and operational roles as well as a deep passion to enable and release individuals into their callings. She brings significant pastoral and visionary giftings to the role. I am excited to work with her to equip and envision leaders to serve the whole people of God.”
The Revd Canon Dr Sharon Prentis is Intercultural Mission Enabler & Dean of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Affairs for the Church of England in Birmingham, a member of Birmingham Cathedral Chapter and Canon theologian at Lichfield Cathedral. Prior to moving to Birmingham, Sharon was Beginning Theology Coordinator at St Mellitus College. She has been Deputy Director for Research & Development at The Salvation Army and a Director of a faith-based organisation where she helped set up a social enterprise. After gaining degrees in social sciences, anthropology and theology her research and teaching has predominately been in community and education contexts. Sharon is a member of the Faith and Order Commission, a Reference Council Member for Kyria, and Honorary Fellow for the Edward Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham. In 2019 Revd Dr Prentis published her first book, Every Tribe: Stories of Diverse Saints Serving a Diverse World, a celebration of the true diversity of the saints.
Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin (St Mellitus College Board Chair), writes:
“I am delighted that Sharon is taking up this role. She is a uniquely gifted leader, theologian, missioner and pastor with experience of many parts of the church. She also brings a great deal of wisdom and understanding in supporting individuals to live out their calling with confidence and humility. Sharon has also undertaken vital work supporting inclusion and diversity to address the Church’s call as the richly varied and multi-faceted community of Christ. I am sure she will be a wise and discerning visionary leader for the college in this next season of its life.”
Sharon will take up her post as Dean of Ministry in the summer.