Jonathan Evens

Revd Jonathan Evens is Associate Vicar for HeartEdge at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Chair of Churches Together in Westminster. Through HeartEdge, a network of churches, he encourages congregations to engage with culture, compassion and commerce. Initiated by the congregation at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2017, HeartEdge has become an international, ecumenical movement galvanising churches to be at the heart of their communities whilst being with those on the edge.

Together with the artist Henry Shelton, in 2009 Jonathan set up commission4mission to enhance church and public spaces through the commissioning and display of contemporary art and share the proceeds of commissions and sales of this work with other charities. Over an 11 year period, commission4mission undertook 13 commissions, created two art trails, and organised a wide range of exhibitions, events, and publications. In 2014 Jonathan used a sabbatical to visit significant sites connected to the twentieth century renewal of religious art in Europe in order to reflect on the significance of these sites both for art history and good practice for commissioning. As priest-in-charge at St Stephen Walbrook from 2015-2018, he organised a programme of exhibitions working with the art critic Edward Lucie-Smith and Art Below that included Alexander de Cadenet, Terence Ffyffe, Joe Machine, and Kim Poor, among others.

Jonathan writes regularly on the Arts for Artlyst, ArtWay, and Church Times. Other journalism has been published by AM, ARTS, Art & Christianity, Faith in Business Quarterly, Muslim Weekly, New Start and Strait. He is co-author of ‘The Secret Chord’ (Lulu, 2012, with Peter Banks), an impassioned study of the role of music in cultural life written through the prism of Christian belief. Other publications include: Despair and Hope in the City (Alistair Shornach, 1990, with Philip Evens); Christians in the workplace (Diocese of Chelmsford, 2007, with C. Ball, P. Ritchie and P. Trathen); Living with other faiths (Contextual Theology Centre, 2006 / Greater London Presence & Engagement Network, 2009); Liturgy on the Edge (Canterbury Press, 2018, ed. Samuel Wells); and Finding Abundance in Scarcity (Canterbury Press, 2021, ed. Samuel Wells). He blogs at https://joninbetween.blogspot.com.

Before being ordained Jonathan worked in the Civil Service forming partnerships to support disabled people in finding or retaining work. He initiated and managed a project which introduced a Faith Communities Toolkit to three Jobcentre Plus regions and piloted new approaches to Jobcentres working in partnership with their local faith communities.

Through his incumbency in Seven Kings and curacy in Barking, Jonathan was involved in setting up and chairing the Barking & Dagenham Faith Forum; a series of Faiths in London’s Economy seminars on Ethics in a Global Economy and Re-negotiating ‘value’; development of the ‘Christians in the workplace’ and ‘Living with other Faiths’ Resource packs; development of a local Scriptural Reasoning group and of Seven Kings Sophia Hub, a social enterprise support service.

Publications

I write regularly on the Arts for Artlyst, ArtWay, and Church Times. Other journalism has been published by AM, ARTS, Art & Christianity, Faith in Business Quarterly, Muslim Weekly, New Start and Strait. I am co-author of ‘The Secret Chord’ (Lulu, 2012, with Peter Banks), an impassioned study of the role of music in cultural life written through the prism of Christian belief. Other publications include: Despair and Hope in the City (Alistair Shornach, 1990, with Philip Evens); Christians in the workplace (Diocese of Chelmsford, 2007, with C. Ball, P. Ritchie and P. Trathen); Living with other faiths (Contextual Theology Centre, 2006 / Greater London Presence & Engagement Network, 2009); Liturgy on the Edge (Canterbury Press, 2018, ed. Samuel Wells); and Finding Abundance in Scarcity (Canterbury Press, 2021, ed. Samuel Wells). I blog at https://joninbetween.blogspot.com.

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