Ruth Perrin and Ed Earnshaw – Student Ministry

Ruth Perrin and Ed Earnshaw – Student Ministry

In episode 13 of TheoDisc, Kenny chats with Dr Ruth Perrin and Ed Earnshaw about emerging adults and how the church can be more proactive in reaching out to students in today’s context… We hope you enjoy this episode!

Ruth Perrin teaches ‘Church and Student Culture’ at WTC and has a BA in History from Leeds University, an MA in Theology and Ministry from Cranmer Hall, and a PhD from the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. She is a Leech Research Fellow undertaking post-doctoral research into the faith of Millennials in the North-East of England. She is also a tutor on the Cranmer Free Church Track, associate staff at King’s Church Durham and a trainer in Christian leadership. Her published works include: The Bible Reading of Young Evangelicals (Wipf & Stock 2016); ‘Searching for Sisters’ in The Faith Life of Women and Girls (Ashgate 2013) and Inspiring Women; Discovering Biblical Role Models (Grove B42).

You can find out more about Ruth and her work at

Ed Earnshaw works at WTC as the Programme Director for the Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology with Student Ministry track. Ed’s faith came alive at University and he nowloves seeing Students discover Jesus and get stuck into church. He is excited about helping people step into their student mission calling and thrive as practitioners. He is based in Nottingham and works as a Student Mission Developer for Fusion Movement and has several years experience as a Church Student Worker. He is also currently studying with WTC.

Find out more about our brilliant Student Ministry GradDip HERE!
Episode 13 Outline:
  • Start-00:57 – Introduction.
  • 01:01-05:27 – Welcome to Ruth and Ed, and 3 questions.
  • 05:35-15:39 – Discussion about Ruth’s research into emerging adults and looking at the differences between Millennials and Generation Z.
  • 15:47-23:54 – What is the current attitude of students towards faith and spirituality? What are the opportunities for the church in reaching the student generation?
  • 24:02-31:41 – How can we encourage people in our churches to invest in outreach to students in our areas?
  • 31:50-End – Info about the Student Ministry GradDip, close and further information.
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Ruth Perrin and Ed Earnshaw – Student Ministry

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