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Sandra B5

Dr Sandra Brower

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Originally from Canada, Sandra came to the UK to pursue and MA in theology. She returned to Canada to help plant and pastor a church before marrying and moving permanently to the UK in 1998. After completing her PhD, Sandra was a chaplain at the University of Derby, offering pastoral care and spiritual guidance to students and staff of all faiths and none.

Sandra is married to Derek and they have two teenaged children – Leon and Anna – and a lovely five-year-old Labrador, Sport. They have temporarily re-located to the USA, where she continues to work remotely, for Derek’s assignment with the New York office of the Financial Times. Singing, cheering on the footy side-lines, travelling, cooking, long walks with Sport, and sharing food with friends tops her list of things she enjoys doing.

Sandra serves in various capacities at their new church, including the music ministry, the worship ministry committee, and the Montclair Sanctuary Alliance (supporting immigrants). Her research interests include the theology of worship, the doctrine of the ascension, and – as a confessed foodie – the relationship between food and theology. She invites enquiries from postgraduate research students who are keen to pursue PhD studies in systematic theology, particularly in the areas of Christian worship and liturgy.


1990-1995University of Manitoba, Canada; BA Arts/Philosophy
1990-1995Canadian Nazarene College, Manitoba, Canada; BA Arts/Religion
1990-1995Canadian Nazarene College, Manitoba, Canada; ThB
1995-1996University of Manchester (Nazarene Theological College); MA Theology
2001-2008King's College, University of London; PhD Theology



  • ‘Worship: the context for sanctification’ in Jacob Lett and Jonathan Platter, eds. Sanctifying Theology: At the Intersection of Wesleyan Theology, Dogmatics, and Practice (Pickwick Publications), forthcoming.

  • 'The Ascended Christ: Mediator of Our Worship' in Stephen R. Holmes and Murray A. Rae, eds., The Person of Christ (London: T&T Clark, 2005) 155-181


  • ‘Extending the Sacraments to Children: Insights from the Theology of T. F. Torrance’ in Participatio, vol 6 (2016), 151-177

  • ‘Worship as Thanksgiving: The Offering of Life’ in Theology in Scotland, vol 16 (2009), special issue (In Memoriam the Very Rev. Professor Thomas F. Torrance), 41-60

  • 'The Ascended Christ: Mediator of Our Worship' in Call to Worship, vol. 38.4 (May, 2005), 35-50

  • 'Semi-Pelagians and Grace' in European Explorations in Christian Holiness 2 (2001), 55-69


  • Monique M. Ingalls, Singing the Congregation: How Contemporary Worship Music Forms Evangelical Community (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). Reviewed in Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 35.1 (January, 2020) 135-136

  • Gerrit Scott Dawson, Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation (London: T&T Clark Ltd, A Continuum Imprint, 2004). Reviewed in International Journal of Systematic Theology, vol 7.4 (October, 2005) 465-8

  • Graham Redding, Prayer and the Priesthood of Christ in the Reformed Tradition (London: T&T Clark Ltd, A Continuum Imprint, 2003). Reviewed in International Journal of Systematic Theology, vol 6.4 (October, 2004) 447-50