Jeanette Sears

Jeanette Sears

I grew up in Nottingham, England, and went on to study Theology at Manchester University to PhD level.  I trained as a teacher in London then won a Kennedy Scholarship to do postdoctoral research as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University.  I was in America for four years.  Back in England I became a church minister in Oxford.  I then worked in bookselling in London and most recently taught Theology for seven years at Trinity College, Bristol.

I am now a full-time writer and speaker, specialising in C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien and Dorothy L Sayers, and writing my own fiction and non-fiction.

 [See below for CV]


Curriculum Vitae



Bramcote Hills Grammar School, Nottingham (1970-77)



University of Manchester  (1977-84)

BA Hons  in Theology  First Class  (1980)

PhD in Theology  (1984)

Title:     The Interpretation of Prophecy and Expectations of the End in Britain, 1845-1883.


University of London  (1984-85)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education  (1985) (with Distinction in classroom teaching ability)


Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA  (1985-86)

Kennedy Scholar and Visiting Fellow in the Dept of the History of American Civilization, doing postdoctoral research on Contemporary American Fundamentalist Eschatology.



St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Malden, MA, USA  (1986-87)

Ministerial Intern in Pastoral Counselling and Education.


Essex Christian Academy, Danvers, MA, USA  (1987-89)

Teacher in Biblical Studies and Humanities at a private Senior High School (ages 14-18).



Wycliffe Hall, Oxford  (1990-92)

Trained for Ordination in the Church of England.  Diploma in Pastoral Studies.

Year-long placement as Chapel Assistant at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

President of the Oxford C S Lewis Society (1991).



St Aldate’s Church, Oxford  (1992-96)

Assistant Curate (1992-95).

Ordained Deacon in December 1992 and Priest in April 1994 (one of the first women to be ordained priest in the Church of England, therefore first woman to ever celebrate communion at St Aldate’s).

Oxford Pastorate (1995-96)

Assistant Chaplain to students, based at St Aldate’s church.


Wesley Owen Books and Music, London  (1997-2001)

Bookseller and shop manager.

Honorary Curate at St Michael’s, Chester Square, London.


Wycliffe Hall, Oxford  (2001 – 2004)

Director of Lifelong Learning.  Taught Doctrine on the evening Diploma course.

Licensed as a priest to the college chapel.


Trinity College, Bristol  (2004 – 2011)

Tutor in Christian Doctrine and Church History, MA Course Leader and Dean of Women (2004-9).

Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules accredited by the University of Bristol in Doctrine, Church History, Pastoral Theology, Spirituality, and supervising MA’s, MPhil’s and PhDs.  Licensed as a priest to the college chapel.


Freelance Writer and Speaker (2012 onwards)

Reading and researching in the writings of C S Lewis, JR R Tolkien, Dorothy L Sayers, G K Chesterton, and George MacDonald for various projects.  Writing my own fiction and non-fiction and speaking at events around the country.


Recent Publications:

Book Reviews:

On Amy Frykholm’s Rapture Culture: ‘Left Behind’ in Evangelical America in the Evangelical Quarterly, Jan 2008

On Stephen N Williams’ The Limits of Hope and the Logic of Love: Essays on Eschatology and Social Action, in the Evangelical Quarterly, Oct 2009

On Roger J Newell’s The Feeling Intellect: Reading the Bible with C S Lewis, Wipf and Stock, Eugene, OR, 2010 [my commendation on back of book]



The Oxford of J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis, Oxford Heritage Trails, 2006



Reflections for Daily Prayer (Lent to Pentecost), Church House Publishing, London, 2009  [Contributor]

The C S Lewis Bible, HarperCollins US, 2010  [Contributor]



Pig’s Progress, Piquant Editions, Carlisle, 2011 (novel for 9-13 year olds)

A Murder in Michaelmas, Piquant Editions, Carlisle, 2012



‘The Finality of the Either-Or: the Use of C S Lewis in the Recent Universalist Debate’  [paper given to the Academic Roundtable at the C S Lewis Summer Institute, Oxford, July 2011, to be published in their online journal The Pursuit of Truth]

‘Looking Forward…and Back Again: the 75th Anniversary of The Hobbit’, in Rapport, the magazine of the Lee Abbey Movement, Sept-Dec 2012

‘The Book that Beat The Hobbit: Why Tolkien lost out on the Carnegie Medal of 1937’ [paper given at the Tolkien Society Oxonmoot, Sept 2012, to be published in the Proceedings of the Tolkien Society]