Simon joined the staff team in January 2011 to teach Biblical Studies and oversee the development of Lay Training pathways.
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 analysed aspects of poetic structure in the Psalms: The Form and Function of the Tricolon in the Psalms of Ascents (Wipf & Stock, 2012).
Simon is the Chair of the Theological Educators’ Network, which supports all those involved training candidates for licensed ministry in the Church of England. He is a member of the Society for Old Testament Study and the Society of Biblical Literature.
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.
Simon’s work on the contemporary appropriation of the Psalms of lament was recently published in a form suitable for a general church readership as Songs for Suffering: Praying the Psalms in Times of Trouble (Hendrickson, 2017), which is supported by www.cryhard.org. This drew from the more detailed Using the Psalms for Prayer through Suffering (Grove Books, 2007).
His latest work on poetic structure was ‘On the Inter-dependence of Diachronic Analysis and Prosodic Theory: Mowinckel’s Tricola as a Case Study’, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, 43/2 (2017), 53-64.
Simon’s other publications include an exploration of biblical teaching about idols and idolatry, that applies this to contemporary church life and discipleship: Popular Idols: A Biblical View on Gods, Desire and idolatry (Grove Books, 2016).
His research interests include the interactions between poetic form and interpretation in Hebrew poetry, and the theology of lament.