My name is Simon Stocks and I teach Biblical Studies at St Augustine’s College of Theology. This is one of the Church of England’s ministerial training colleges, and is based in the south east of England. It is a non-residential college, and we teach in a variety of venues.
I am an ordained priest in the Church of England and minister in the parish of Christ Church, Purley, in the Diocese of Southwark. I trained for ministry at Trinity College Bristol, where I embarked upon my research into the contemporary use of the psalms.
Before that I had a career in civil engineering, working mainly in the railway industry in design and project management. I was Principal Engineer for a section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link that connects London with the Channel Tunnel.
My academic interests also cover aspects of the structure of Hebrew poetry. My doctoral research in this field was conducted through Cliff College in Derbyshire, and was supervised by David Firth. I was glad of trips to the Peak District, being a keen walker and having grown up in south Manchester.
I am one of those seemingly rare breed of Manchester United fans: one from Manchester.