Janet Wootton has recently retired as Director of Studies for the Congregational Federation, now managing the course on which she has served as tutor in the Hebrew Scriptures and Biblical Languages, alongside her pastoral ministry, since the 1980's.
She was minister in rural and inner city churches for almost 25 years, ending with 17 years at Union Chapel, Islington. Here, the church developed a wide-ranging arts and community programme, including work with homeless people, a great variety of ethnic communities, as well as performances by world class musicians. During that time, she was chair of the London churches homelessness organisation, UNLEASH.
Janet is editor of Worship Live, part of the editorial team for Feminist Theology and chairs the International Congregational Theological Commission which publishes the International Congregational Journal. She has written and lectured on worship, mission and social issues. Her book, This is our Story, a collection of essays and stories about Free Church women's ministry was followed by a book on the contribution of women to hymnody in 2010. Her collection of hymns and other writing for worship, Eagles Wings and Lesser Things was published in 2007.