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Adrian Peck in 10

10 questions: answered. This week Adrian Peck, one of our Lecturers in Pastoral Studies shares the most rewarding aspect of his role, reveals something that might surprise us about him and a destination on his ultimate travel bucket-list!

Hi Adrian, how long have you been working as Lecturer in Pastoral Studies at the College?

I started with Newbold in August this year.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

Engaging with the students, because the context for their studies means they have a passion and commitment that takes what we are doing beyond a merely academic exercise.

Adrian, it’s quick-fire round time!

What does ‘Pastoral Studies’ encompass as a whole?

Principally, it is theology in action. It is engaging with scripture meaningfully and authentically in a 21stcentury context and how this impacts the person of the pastor in particular.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us.

Whilst living on the Isle of Wight over lockdown, my wife and I got into fossil hunting.

What is your absolute favourite film you could watch over and over?

Oh, I can’t watch films more than once!

Where is your ultimate travel bucket-list destination?

It is difficult to pick one. But, Petra in Jordan is definitely there.

What would you say is one of the best things you’ve ever experienced?

Just this past June, after several attempts in various places around the world, my wife and I finally got to see dolphins in the wild. To experience them following our boat as we made our way around the Needles near the IOW was amazing.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t gotten around to?

Scuba diving!

What is your favourite quote of all time?

One of them is, ‘We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we think we have the answers.’ – Abraham Joshua Heschel

If you could describe the Newbold experience in just three words, what would they be?

Stimulating, involved, busy