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Gareth Crispin

Dr Gareth Crispin

BAMM Programme Lead
Lecturer in Practical Theology

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Prior to joining Cliff College in 2019, Gareth spent ten years as a youth, children & families minister, most recently in an Anglican church in Cheshire and before that in an Independent Baptist Church in North London. He trained at Oak Hill College in London, gaining a BA in Youth and Children’s Ministry in 2008.

He has PhD in Family Ministry and Intergenerational Church and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry.

His research interests are in family ministry and intergenerational church and he has published in both areas at an academic and popular level. He co-presents the monthly podcast Together with God – a series of conversations on faith, family and today’s Church ( He also has an interest in youth apologetics, training and lecturing on the subject around the country as well as being co-producer of Out of the Question, a series of apologetics animations for young people (

He lives in Buxton with his wife and three young sons.



Durham University; BA in Politics (with European Studies)


L’Institut D’Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence; Certificate in Political Studies


Warwick University; MA in International Political Economy


Oak Hill Theological College; BA in Youth and Children's Ministry

2014-2021University of Manchester; PhD in Practical Theology



  • ‘A biblical theological approach to the church/home relationship’, in Cory Seibel ed., The Generative Church (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2019)

  • 01/03/2017

    ‘Intergenerational Communities and a Theology of Accommodation’ in Holly C. Allen ed., InterGenerate: How Churches Can Become More Intentionally Intergenerational in Outlook and Practice (Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2018)

  • ‘A theology of accommodation as a resource for integrating youth and children into intergenerational church’, Christian Education Journal Series 3, Vol 14, No.1 (Spring 2017)


  • with Ed Mackenzie, ‘Together with God – An Introduction to Family Worship’, (Birmingham, UK: Morse-Brown Publishing, 2016)


  • 01/07/2019

    ‘Apologetics for parents’, Youth and Children’s Work magazine (July 2018)

  • 01/03/2018

    ‘Google home’, Youth and Children’s Work magazine (March 2018)

  • 01/07/2017

    ‘Family Worship’, Youth and Children’s Work magazine (July 2017)

  • ‘Intergenerational Church’, Learn Magazine: Children and Young People, Church of Scotland (2017)