Elected: 2021
Discipline: Philosophy, Theology and Law
Reverend Professor John Swinton
Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, University of Aberdeen
John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. For more than a decade John worked as a registered mental health nurse, before retraining and working in the area of intellectual disabilities. He also worked for a number of years as a hospital and community mental health chaplain. In 2004, he founded the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. In 2014 he formed the Centre for Ministry Studies at Aberdeen University. Professor Swinton has published widely within the area of mental health, dementia, disability theology, spirituality and healthcare, qualitative research and pastoral care. His book Dementia: Living in the memories of God won the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ramsey Prize for excellence in theological writing .(http://www.michaelramseyprize.org.uk/). In 2020 Professor Swinton was awarded the Archbishop’s Lanfranc Award for Education in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to Practical Theology, particularly in the area of disability.”