Simon joined the staff team in January 2011 to teach Biblical Studies and until 2018 to oversee the Reader Training pathway. As Senior Tutor, he now oversees the ordination training pathway.
After a career in civil engineering, he trained for ministry in the Church of England at Trinity College Bristol. He worked in parish ministry as a curate in the diocese of Southwark, where he also taught on the Reader Training course. His doctoral thesis was undertaken through Cliff College and analysed aspects of Hebrew poetic structure in the Psalms.
Simon is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Chair of the Theological Educators’ Network, which supports all those involved training candidates for licensed lay ministry in the Church of England. He is a member of the Society for Old Testament Study and the Society of Biblical Literature.
Simon’s research interests include the interactions between poetic form and interpretation in Hebrew poetry, and the theology of lament.
Simon lives in Purley, South London where he continues his involvement in parish ministry. He regularly addresses church groups on a variety of biblically-based topics. He blogs (very occasionally) at cryhard.org