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Rev Dr Steven Emery-Wright

Rev Dr Steven Emery-Wright

Lecturer in Missiology

MA Programme Leader

To contact Steve please email s.emery-wright at (replacing the word 'at' with the '@' symbol)

A British Methodist minister, Steve joined the Cliff College Postgraduate Department in 2009. His previous experience includes pastoral ministry in the USA, New Zealand, the UK, and service as a Youth Enabler for the Cornwall District of the Methodist Church. Immediately before coming to Cliff Steve served as a missionary, lecturing at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. His research and publishing interests are primarily in the area of youth, focusing particularly on worship and sexuality. Steve is on the governing board of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry.


1974-1977 Olivet Nazarene University
BA with a major in Biblical Literature
1978-1981 Asbury Theological College
(Wilmore Kentucky – MDiv)
1998-2003 Oxford Brookes University
(PhD in how young people understand worship)


Academic Publications


Emery-Wright, S (2012) Now That Was Worship, Calver: Cliff College Publishing.

Emery-Wright, S (2010), Thinking Biblically about Sex, Cambridge: Grove Books.

Emery-Wright, S (2009), Passionate Worship, YTC press in Great Britain

Emery-Wright, S (2008), Empowering Young People in the Church, Cambridge: Grove Books.

Emery-Wright, S (2008), Understanding Teenage Sexuality, Armour publishing in Singapore

Journal Articles

Emery-Wright, S (2014) 'Unity and Diversity: A Case for a Different Understanding' Journal of Practical Theology - awaiting publication

Emery-Wright, S (2011) ‘Empowered to Worship: A comparison of youth understandings of worship between England and Singapore’ The Journal of Youth Ministry , 10, 1, 85-106 

Emery-Wright, S. (2009) ‘Becoming a Professional – Book Review’   Journal of Youth and Theology 8,1, 86-88.

Emery-Wright, S (2008) ‘The Young Person as Theologian, Hermeneutist, and Liturgist’, Trinity Theological Journal, 15, 1-21.

Emery-Wright, S (2008) ‘Beyond Deserving – Book Review’  Journal of Youth and Theology 7, 2, 86-88.

Emery-Wright, S. (2003), ‘A Qualitative Study Construction of How 14-16 Year Olds Understand Worship’, Journal of Youth and Theology 2, 2, 64-77.

Recent Popular Articles 

Emery-Wright (2011) ‘Keeping Worship Real: Empowered to Worship’ YouthWork, September 2011

Emery-Wright (2011) ‘Engaging in True Worship’ YouthWork, October 2011


Executive committee member of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry

British and Irish Association of Practical Theology



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