About

about-paula-gooderPaula Gooder is a speaker and writer on the Bible, particularly on the New Testament. She began her working life, teaching for twelve years in ministerial formation first at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and then at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham.  Following this she spent around eight years as a speaker and writer in biblical studies travelling the country and seeking to communicate the best of biblical scholarship in as accessible a way as possible, after that she spent six years working for the Bible Society as their Theologian in Residence and then for the Birmingham Diocese as their Director of Mission Learning and Development.  She has recently returned to speaking and writing full-time.

Her engagement in wider church life lead her to be a member of the General Synod of the Church of England (2005-2015) and as a part of that to be a member of the Women in Episcopacy drafting group and steering committee (2006-2014). She is passionate about ecumenism and is a current member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III, 2011-present day).

She has a strong vocation to lay ministry and  is a Reader in the Church of England.


A brief outline of employment and qualifications

  • Freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical studies (2019 – current)
  • Director Mission Learning and Development, Birmingham Diocese (2017- 2018)
  • Theologian in Residence, Bible Society, first part time (2013 -2016); then full-time (2016-2017)
  • Freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical studies (2007-2016)
  • Tutor in New Testament studies, the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham (2001-2007)
  • Tutor in Biblical Studies, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford (1995-2001)
  • D. Phil “Only the Third Heaven? 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 and the Heavenly Ascent Tradition”, The Queen’s College, Oxford (1992-1998)
  • B.A. Honours Degree in Theology, 1st Class, Worcester College, University of Oxford (1988-1992).

Honorary Positions

  • Canon Theologian, Birmingham Cathedral
  • Six Preacher, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, St Andrew’s University
  • Honorary Fellow, Durham University
  • Visiting Lecturer, Kings College, London
  • Associate tutor, Trinity College, Bristol

Other Current commitments

  • Member, ARCIC III