Nigel G. Wright
|Born||13 May 1949|
|Church||Baptist Union of Great Britain|
|Doctoral advisor||Colin Gunton|
Early life and education
Wright was born on 13 May 1949 in Manchester and joined the Baptist church at the age of fifteen. He attended the University of Leeds, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in modern languages. He further gaining a BD degree from the University of London. He earned a Master of Theology degree from the University of Glasgow in 1987 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1994 from King's College, London.
Career in the Baptist church
Wright trained for the ministry at Spurgeon's College in London and served as a Baptist minister at Ansdell in Lytham St Annes on Lancashire's Fylde coast from 1973 to 1986, then as a tutor at Spurgeon's College, again as a local minister in Altrincham, and became principal of Spurgeon's College in 2000. He was elected President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 2002 and retired in 2013. He is married to Judy, has two children and now lives in Cheshire.
Author and theologian
Wright has written a number of books and essays on various Baptist theological topics. His views are summarized in Free Church, Free State: The Positive Baptist Vision, published by Paternoster in 2005. His writings have been widely cited and discussed by other theologians.
Wright is also a frequent speaker and presenter about Baptist theological renewal.
In 2009, at the age of 60, he was honoured by a festschrift: Lalleman, Pieter J. (ed.), Challenging to Change: Dialogues with a Radical Baptist Theologian: Essays Presented to Dr. Nigel G. Wright on His Sixtieth Birthday. London: Spurgeon's College, 2009. ISBN 9780950068237
- Wright, Nigel, "The Radical Kingdom: Restoration in Theory and Practice" Eastbourne: Kingsway, 1986
- Wright, Nigel, "Challenge to Change: A Radical Agenda for Baptists", Eastbourne: Kingsway, 1991
- Wright, Nigel, "Charismatic Renewal: The Search for a Theology" (with Tom Smail and Andrew walker), London: SPCK, 1993.
- Wright, Nigel, "The Radical Evangelical: Seeking a Place to Stand, London: SPCK, 1996.
- Wright, Nigel, "Disavowing Constantine: Mission, Church and the Social Order in the Theologies of Jurgen Moltmann and John Howard Yoder", Calisle: Paternoster, 2000.
- Wright, Nigel. Free Church, Free State: The Positive Baptist Vision. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2005. ISBN 9781842273531
- Wright, Nigel G. Power and Discipleship: Towards a Baptist Theology of the State. Oxford: Whitley Publications, 1996. ISBN 9780952815013 (The Whitley Lecture for 1996-97.)
- Wright, Nigel. The Fair Face of Evil: Putting the Power of Darkness in Its Place. London: Marshall Pickering, 1989. ISBN 9780551017863
- Wright, Nigel, "A Theology of the Dark Side", Carlisle: Paternoster, 2003
- Wright, Nigel, "Vital Truth: The Convictions of the Christian Community", Eugene: Oregon, Cascade Press, 2016.
- Wright, Nigel. God on the Inside: The Holy Spirit in Holy Scripture. Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2006. ISBN 9781841014845
- Wright, Nigel. Baptist Basics. 12 vols. Didcot: Baptist Union of Great Britain, 2009.
- Stephen Sprinkle. Ordination: Celebrating the Gift of Min. Chalice Press. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-0-8272-2744-6.
- James Leo Garrett (2009). Baptist Theology: A Four-century Study. Mercer University Press. pp. 686–. ISBN 978-0-88146-129-9.
- Jane Fitz-Gibbon; Andrew Fitz-Gibbon (1 September 2012). Secular Monasticism: A Journey. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-1-4797-0719-5.[self-published source]
- Alan P. F. Sell (17 September 2012). Nonconformist Theology in the Twentieth Century. Wipf and Stock Publishers. pp. 105–. ISBN 978-1-62032-422-6.
- Christopher J. H. Wright (23 October 2006). The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative. InterVarsity Press. pp. 433–. ISBN 978-0-8308-2571-4.
- David J. Cohen; Michael Parsons (1 January 2011). Beyond 400: Exploring Baptist Futures. Wipf and Stock Publishers. pp. 237–. ISBN 978-1-60899-337-6.
- Malcolm B. Yarnell (15 September 2013). The Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists: Restoring New Testament Christianity. B&H Publishing Group. pp. 178–. ISBN 978-1-4336-8174-5.
- Stephen R. Holmes (19 April 2012). Baptist Theology. A&C Black. pp. 168–. ISBN 978-0-567-00031-6.
- Ian M. Randall; Toivo Pilli; Anthony Cross (1 August 2006). Baptist Identities: International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries. Wipf & Stock Publishers. pp. 377–. ISBN 978-1-59752-833-7.
- Helen Dare; Simon Patrick Woodman (2011). The "plainly Revealed" Word of God?: Baptist Hermeneutics in Theory and Practice. Mercer University Press. pp. 154–. ISBN 978-0-88146-237-1.
- Benjamin G. McNair Scott (2 June 2014). Apostles Today: Making Sense of Contemporary Charismatic Apostolates: A Historical and Theological Appraisal. Wipf and Stock Publishers. pp. 44–. ISBN 978-1-62564-118-2.
- Peter Hocken (2009). The Challenges of the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Messianic Jewish Movements: The Tensions of the Spirit. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 64–. ISBN 978-0-7546-6746-9.
- Ian M. Randall, "Part of a movement: Nigel Wright and Baptist life" in Pieter J. Lalleman (ed.), Challenging to Change (London, 2009)