Bishop Joe Aldred PhD
I am retired and currently volunteer with the National Church Leaders Forum – A Black Christian Voice. I am a member of the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group, a Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton University, and a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy.
For eighteen years until 2020 I worked as an ecumenist at Churches Together in England, with responsibility for supporting intercultural, Pentecostal and Charismatic relations. Before that, for six years I was Director of the Centre for Black and White Christian Partnership. And before that I served for thirteen years as pastor and bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy in Ashford, Oxford and Sheffield; as well as an Associate Pastor in a Baptist Church, Handsworth, Birmingham in 2003-2005.
I make contributions as a broadcaster on the Daily Service and Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4, Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2, and for ten years I presented on BBC Local Radio WM; plus, regular appearances on Premier Radio, UCB Christian Radio, and other broadcasters. I have served on strategic councils, boards and committees mainly in the areas of faith, education, health and community relations as trustee, board member and patron, including as Chair of a NHS Primary Care Trust.
I am the grateful recipient of several awards and commendations, including: NSPCC Safety Award, Mighty Men of Valour Award for Community Achievement, Association of Jamaican National Community Award, Apostolic Congress’ Order of Companion of St Aiden, Companion of the Order of St Leonard, Windrush Legacy Lifetime Award, Lambeth Palace Langton Award for Community Service.
I have a Master’s Degree (with Distinction) and a PhD in Theology from Sheffield University.
I am a Faith in Leadership Alumni (Oxford University/Windsor Castle), author and editor of several books and articles including Respect: Understanding Caribbean British Christianity, The Black Church in the 21st Century, Thinking outside the box – on race, faith and life (Hansib 2013), From Top Mountain – An Autobiography (Hansib 2015), Editor of Pentecostals and Charismatics in Britain (SCM Press, 2019), ‘The flourishing of the UK African and Caribbean Diaspora in the 21st Century, with reference to Jeremiah’s Letter to Jewish exiles in Babylon, 6th Century BCE’, peer reviewed article accepted for publication in Black Theology: An International Journal, 2022, Vol.20, Nos, 1, 2 or 3. I contribute to magazines and periodicals including Keep the Faith and The Preacher. Full CV available on request.
I am blessed and honoured to be married to Novelette, a psychotherapist and chaplain. We have three grown up daughters and five grandchildren (one deceased). I am an incurable West Indies Cricket supporter, and a Chelsea FC fan. And yes, blue is my favourite colour!
I am Interested in the issues that lead to flourishing for all, particularly the UK African and Caribbean Diaspora, the Caribbean and mother Africa through the agency of self-liberation, self-development, self-determination and a shared humanity all made equally in God’s image and likeness. Only liberation with the agency of self-determination is true liberation.
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