Stephen Spencer studied theology and philosophy at Oxford and completed a doctorate on the philosophical foundations of Archbishop William Temple's social thought. He has been teaching historical theology since the late 1990's, mostly to those preparing for ministry in the Church of England and the Methodist Church, in Cumbria, Lancashire, Manchester and Yorkshire. Currently he teaches for the Yorkshire Ministry Course and the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield, and is an associate lecturer with the University of Sheffield. He combines this with being a vicar, in Brighouse and Clifton in the Diocese of Wakefield. He has also lived in Zimbabwe and now oversees the links between the Diocese of Wakefield and churches in Tanzania. He is keen that this experience of ministry informs his teaching, and that his teaching informs ministry. His books seek to provide maps of different areas of theology and history so that others engaged in ministry may gain orientation and a sense of direction in all that they do and are.