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Senior Research Fellow

Dr Marion Carson

Master of Arts (University of Glasgow), Bachelor of Divinity ( University of London), Doctor of Philosophy (University of Glasgow)


Rev Dr Marion Carson worked as a psychiatric nurse for several years, before gaining a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Glasgow. She is an Honorary Fellow at New College, University of Edinburgh, and formerly lectured in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Care at International Christian College for twelve years. Marion now serves as chaplain to Glasgow City Mission.

Research Interests

"My research interest is interdisciplinary in nature, specifically the interface between Biblical Hermeneutics and Pastoral Theology. In particular I am interested in how the Bible might inform Christian thinking and practice in the areas of ethics, mental health, human trafficking, addictions, pastoral care and discipleship. I am currently engaged in completing a book on depression and hope entitled Darkness Receding: Depression, Hope and Pastoral Care in Paul’s Letter to the Romans which is to be published by Cascade."


2021 with Ruth H. Robb  Walk into Freedom: Christian Outreach to People involved in Commercial Sexual Exploitation Burlington: People’s Seminary Press

2016 Human Trafficking, the Bible, and the Church: An Interdisciplinary Study Eugene, OR: Cascade (published in UK and Europe by SCM Press in 2017)

2015 Setting the Captives Free: The Bible and Human Trafficking Eugene, OR: Cascade

2008 The Pastoral Care of People with Mental Health Problems London: SPCK

2002 with Ruth Robb Working the Streets: A Guide for Christians engaged in Outreach to Prostitutes.  (Bognor Regis: New Wine Publishing)


“Suffering, Perseverance and Hope: Two Views of Romans 5:1-5 and their Implications for Pastoral Care” Journal of Baptist Theology in Context  8 (2023), 30-49.

“Discipling Churches: Reflections on Jesus’ Prayer in John 17” in Seeds of the Church: Towards an Ecumenical Baptist Ecclesiology (eds) Henk Bakker, Steven Harmon, Beth Newman, Teun van der Leer Eugene: Cascade 2022, 109-118.

“Chaplaincy at Glasgow City Mission” in Trajectories in Chaplaincy (ed Neil E. Allison Glasgow: Baptist Union of Scotland 2022, 61-65

“Real People, Real Lives: Biblical Perspectives on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” in (ed Dan Pratt) Slavery Free Communities: Emerging Theologies and Faith Responses to Modern Slavery London: SCM 2021, 57-77.

With Duncan A.P. Angus “Mental Illness and Moral Responsibility: A Clinical Psychiatric Perspective” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 12 (2020), 191-211.

“Resilient Readers: Spiritual Growth and the Bible” Journal of European Baptist Studies 19 (2019), 83-94.

“In Whose Interests? Ante-Bellum Abolitionism, the Bible, and Contemporary Christian Ethics” Perichoresis 16 (2018), 41-60.

“Utrpeni, naděje a svatost: Dva pohledy na Ř 5,1-5 a jejich dűsledky propastoraci” Telogicka Reflexe 24 (2018), 57-68.

“Sheer Grace: Psalm 88, Depression and the Dark Night of the Spirit” Communio Viatorum 59 (2017), 160-176.

“The Bible, Character Ethics, and Same-Sex Relationships” Baptistic Theologies 9:1 (2017), 78-91.

“Circumcision of the Heart: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Religiosity in Romans 1–5”  Expository Times 128 (2017), 376-84.

“Feed My Lambs: Some Pastoral Implications of a Biblical Metaphor” Baptistic Theologies 17:2 (2015), 10-24.

“Grown Up Religion: Polemic and Pastoral Practice in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians”  Expository Times  127 (2015),  105-113.

“Conversation on a Train: Reflections on the Bible and Christian Discipleship” Journal of European Baptist Studies 15 (2014), 58-70.

 “Difficult Texts: Colossians 3.22 – slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything” Theology 117 (2014), 203-205.

“The Harlot, the Beast and the Sex Trafficker: Reflections on some Recent Feminist Interpretations of Revelation 17-18” Expository Times 122 (2011), 218-227.

“Deep Heat and Bandages? Historical Criticism, Bounded Indeterminacy, and Pastoral Care" Evangelical Quarterly 82 (2010), 340-352.

“Loving, Discernment and Distance: Pastoral Care in Schizophrenia” Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling  60 (2006), 227-239.

“Fine Madness: Psychosis, Faith Communities and the Rehabilitation of the Christian Apocalypse” Expository Times 117 (2006), 360-365.

“For Now we Live: Paul’s Pastoral Leadership in 1 Thessalonians” Themelios 30 (2005), 23-41.

“Two Sermons” in The Journal of the College of Preachers 2005, 105-6.                                 

(Numerous book reviews)

Memberships & Networks

Society of Biblical Literature

British New Testament Society

British and Irish Association of Pastoral Theology

BWA Theological Education Commission

International Christian Alliance on Prostitution