The Reverend Canon James Woodward






Principal Sarum College ( from 2015).


Canon of Windsor (2009 – 2015).


Master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson & Vicar of St Mary the Virgin,

Temple Balsall, Diocese of Birmingham (1998- 2009).


Director of the Leveson Centre for the Study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy,

Temple Balsall (2000-2009).


Priest-in-Charge of Middleton and Wishaw(1996-1998) & Bishop’s Adviser for Health and Social Care, Diocese of Birmingham (1996-2001).


Chaplaincy Manager, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust (1992-1996)

Head of Chaplaincy Department, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (1990-1996).


Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford (1987-1990).


Assistant Curate, Consett Parish Church, Diocese of Durham (1985-1987).


Nursing Auxiliary – St Christopher’s Hospice, London (1982-1983).




Ph.D., Theology/Sociology, The Open University ‘ A Study of the role of the Acute Health Care Chaplain 1945-1990’ , supervised by Prof Stephen Pattison and Prof David Cox. 1999.


M.Phil., Pastoral Theology, The University of Birmingham ‘ Representation and Practice in the Pastoral Care of people living with HIV/AIDS’ 1991.


Certificate in Counselling, The University of Durham, 1987.


Westcott House Cambridge 1983-1985


Lambeth S. Th. by thesis ‘The Pastoral Care of the Long-term Dependent Patient’, supervised by The Revd. Dr Rupert Hoare, Westcott House, Cambridge, 1985.


B.D., A.K.C., Kings College London 1982.


Spennymoor Grammar School 1972-1979.





Journeying with John (with Paula Gooder and Mark Pryce), 2014, SPCK.


Journeying with Matthew (with Paula Gooder and Mark Pryce), 2013, SPCK.


Journeying with Luke (with Paula Gooder and Mark Pryce), 2012, SPCK.


Journeying with Mark (with Paula Gooder and Mark Pryce), 2011, SPCK.


Between Remembering and Forgetting: The spiritual dimensions of dementia, 2010, Continuum.


Valuing Age: Mission and Ministry among Older People, 2008, SPCK.


Praying the Lectionary: Prayers and Reflections for Every Week’s Readings, 2006, SPCK.


Services for Weekdays: Readings, Reflections and Prayers, 2006, SPCK.


Befriending Death, 2005, SPCK.


The Blackwell Reader in Pastoral and Practical Theology (with Stephen Pattison), 1999, Blackwell – Five Editions.


Finding God in Illness, 1997, Lion.


Encountering Illness: Voices in Pastoral and Theological Perspective, 1995, SCM.


Embracing the Chaos: Theological Reflections on AIDS, 1990, SPCK –

Four Editions.




Book reviews: I am a regular reviewer for Theology; The Church Times: The Tablet; Reviews in Religion and Theology and Modern Believing.


Articles: I have written extensively in the area of practical and pastoral theology, theological reflection, spirituality, health and ethics, Illness, Old Age and End of Life Care. Publications include The Church Times and The Tablet. For a comprehensive overview of these areas of study see


Key Skills and Achievements


In other posts

Understanding and competence in the nature of education

  • Securing a respected theological voice in the public square most recently through my membership of the Commission on Assisted Dying.
  • Commitment to my own professional development and theological and spiritual nurture through reading, research, supervision, writing and reflection.
  • An involvement in ministerial education at The Queen’s Foundation Birmingham and The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.
  • The supervision and examination of postgraduate work at MPhil and PhD level.
  • Twenty years of experience of marking, assessment and quality assurance programs in education.
  • Experience of teaching and course design, delivery of outcomes, course design, quality assurance measures with the Open University, Cardiff, Warwick and Birmingham Universities.
  • Delivery of courses and consultancy at The Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre working with military Chaplains in their continuing ministerial development.





  • Summary: Three core gifts and skills have emerged in my ministry. They are the quality of my pastoral care and inter-personal relationships; my ability to handle administration and motivate people amidst a range of competing demands; and my scholarship in theological reflection and pastoral theology. I have good judgement, imagination, tenacity, stamina, self-knowledge and a sense of humour. I have been able to secure the trust of a very diverse number of people in working together to build up and develop places and people.



An overview of Previous Experience:


Master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson & Vicar of St Mary the Virgin,

Temple Balsall, Diocese of Birmingham

(1998- 2009)


This was a joint post as Incumbent of a rural parish and Chief Executive of a Christian charity providing Housing and Care for older people and education through a Church School.


The Chief Executive managed all aspects of the Care business including 55 staff and an annual turnover of £ 1.7 million and managed assets of £8 million. I worked with my Board of Governors to renew the ethos of the Foundation as a leading centre in the practice of whole person care, the development of strategic direction, organizational coherence and financial stability. The responsibility included an ambassadorial role, liaising with a range of statutory and voluntary sector partners, and the initiation of fundraising to build specialized dementia housing. This role included the pastoral care of residents, staff and families.


As the Incumbent I led in a renewal of the church, growing the congregation from 20 to 140 regular worshippers through a sustained mission strategy of outreach, pastoral care and teaching. The Church was reordered and refurbished; the mediaeval parish hall was developed as a community centre, and the site was developed as a popular attraction for history, heritage and wildlife conservation.




Director of the Leveson Centre for the Study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy,

Temple Balsall (2000-2009)


This initiative was established (including external funding streams) to develop networking, training and research for individuals and organizations working with older people. The profile of the needs of older people in both Church and Society was raised , becoming a recognised leader in this field. I learned the importance of networking and consultancy across professional boundaries. I am particularly proud of the fostering of intergenerational work. The Centre developed international links in the ageing field, particularly with USA and Australia.


Priest-in-Charge of Middleton and Wishaw (1996-1998) & Bishop’s Adviser for Health and Social Care, Diocese of Birmingham (1996-2001)


A joint post of Incumbent of a dual-parish rural benefice and a Diocesan Adviser.

As Incumbent I led in the growth of both congregations, the renewal of mediaeval buildings and closer work with local Schools.

In my diocesan role a network of Chaplaincies in health and social care was established. I also facilitated Churches in the generation of community based health projects and the support of the work of the ministry of healing in parishes. This work included advising the Bishop on public theology in relation to health policy.


Chaplaincy Manager, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust (1992-1996)

Head of Chaplaincy Department, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (1990-1996)


The Chaplain had responsibility for the recruitment, oversight and development of twelve Chaplains across four sites. We succeeded in raising the profile (and funding) of Chaplaincy and initiated the establishment of the first ecumenical covenant for a Health Care Chaplaincy team. I also began work on interfaith networking which led to the appointments of Muslim and Jewish Chaplains. The department developed the involvement of 80 volunteers in pastoral work within the Hospital. These initiates took place during a period of rapid change in the local and national reorganisation of health services. My annual budget for this work was £400,000.


Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford (1987-1990)


In this post I developed an understanding of many aspects of the responsibility of leadership in a large and complex diocese. The Chaplain worked with clergy and parishes across the breadth of traditions. In particular I oversaw the introduction of the Register of Ministers and clergy MDR programmes.


Assistant Curate, Consett Parish Church, Diocese of Durham (1985-1987)


This Curacy gave me pastoral experience in post-industrial North-East as the steel-works were closing, and particularly with unemployed young people.


Nursing Auxiliary – St Christopher’s Hospice, London (1982-1983)          




Highlights of Other Offices, Teaching Responsibilities and Community Leadership


  • Trustee of the St Martins Trust Birmingham, 2013- present.
  • Trustee of Henry Smith Charities, 2012-present.
  • Chair Windsor Christian Action, 2011- present.
  • Member of the Falconer Commission on Assisted Dying, 2011-2012.


  • Lecturer Sarum College, 2006- present.
  • Theological Consultant, Mount Street Jesuit Centre, Farm Street London, 2008-present.


  • County Chaplain St John Ambulance West Midlands, 2001-2009.
  • High Sheriff’s Chaplain Warwickshire, 2002 and 2004.
  • Non-Executive Director, Solihull Primary Health Care Trust, 2003 – 2006.
  • Associate Research Fellow, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, 2002 – 2008.
  • External Examiner in Pastoral Theology, University of Leeds, 2003-2006.
  • Lay Member of The Royal College of Anaesthetists Patient Liaison Committee, 2000 – 2003.
  • Honorary Research Fellow in Practical Theology, University of Cardiff, 1999 – 2003.
  • Governor, SCM Press Trust Ltd., 1994 – 1999.
  • Honorary Lecturer, Department of Theology and Religion, PhD supervisor University of Birmingham, 1993-2005 and 2010-2013.
  • Member, Birmingham Diocesan Board for Social Responsibility, 1993 – 2008.


  • Associate Lecturer, Open University Department of Health and Social Welfare, 1992 – 2001.
  • Editor: The Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 1991-1996.
  • Priest Associate The Community of the Sisters of the Love of God Oxford, 1990-present.
  • Management Committee UB40 :Unemployment project in Oxford, 1989-1990.
  • Chair of Consett Churches Detached Youth Work Project, 1986-1987.





Modern Political Biography; Cooking; Photography; Wales; Walking; Art and Cinema.