The Very Rev. Dr. Francis W. Bridger is Dean of Brechin Diocese in the Scottish Episcopal Church and Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Broughty Ferry, as well as director for Anglican Studies at Fuller. He began teaching at Fuller as an adjunct professor in practical theology in 1999 and joined the faculty full time in 2006 as the founding Executive Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and Ecclesiastical Professor of Anglican Studies. Prior to 2006, he served as Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, UK, having previously been a rector in the Church of England and lecturer in social theology and ethics at St. John’s College, Nottingham, UK. He has also served as Principal of the East Midlands Ministry Training Course in England.
Bridger’s books include Conversations at the Edges of Things (2012); 23 Days: A Story of Love, Death, and God (2004); A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld (2001); Children Finding Faith (1988/2000); Why Can’t I Have Faith? (1998), and Counselling in Context (1994/2007).
While living in Pasadena, Bridger was an assisting priest at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Altadena) and Church of the Transfiguration (Arcadia). In July 2008, he relocated to the UK from where he continues to direct the Anglican Studies program and the work of the Center, traveling back to Pasadena periodically. He is married to Helen, who is also an Anglican priest.
- CN552: Ethics Aspects of Pastoral Care and Counseling
- CN535: Grief, Loss, Death, and Dying
- PM503: Pastoral Theology
- PM546: Anglican Perspectives on Pastoral Ministry
- TH560: Anglican Theology
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Anglicanism, practical theology, popular culture
Additional Information and Excerpts from Writings
“How Stuff Came to be Written”
Set 1: From Children Finding Faith (1988/2000)
Set 2: From 23 Days: A Story of Love, Death, and God (2004)
Set 3: From Why Can’t I Have Faith? (1998)
Set 4: From Counselling in Context (1994/2007)
Set 5: From A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld (2001)
Set 6: Other articles and chapters