Cara Lovell
Cara Lovell
Lecture and Tutor in Theology


About - Rev’d Cara Lovell is a Youth Ministry Formation Group Tutor at St Mellitus London. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry (DThM) at Durham University focusing on practical theology and the vocational discernment process towards ordained ministry in the Church of England. She studied for her first degree in Occupational Therapy in Canterbury within sight of the beautiful cathedral.  She then moved to North West London and worked for 14 years as an Occupational Therapist specialising in shoulder rehabilitation and chronic pain.  Alongside this she was a church-based Student Worker and completed an MSc in Vocational Rehabilitation.  Cara trained for ordained ministry at St Mellitus London 2015-2018 obtaining a Graduate Diploma and then an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission.  Ordained in June 2018, Cara is serving a part-time curacy at St Mary’s Hampton. She is married to Ben (a former youth worker and now vicar at St Mary’s Hampton) and has two daughters, Emily and Zoe.

Research Projects
  • Doctoral Research will focus on the vocational discernment process towards ordained ministry
  • MA research entitled: “Do you believe that God is calling you to this ministry?” What resources does Christian Tradition offer the Church of England about the extent to which a call to ordained ministry should be discerned subjectively or objectively?
  • MSc research: Journey to employment on a Pain Management Programme
  • BSc research: Spirituality in Occupational Therapy
  • Cara Lovell & Lucy Swift, ‘Chronic Pain & Employment: The Role of Multi-Disciplinary Pain Management Programmes’ European Journal of Employment & Disadvantage 1:1 (2011): 37-49.
  • British Pain Society Poster Presentation 2012: ‘Changes in Perceived Work Readiness following a High-Intensity Pain Management Programme’.
  • Cara Belcham, ‘Spirituality in Occupational Therapy: Theory in Practice’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy 67:1 (2004): 39-46.