Welcome Jane de Gay !
We are delighted to welcome Revd Professor Jane de Gay as she joins the team at Leeds Minster as Associate Priest and Lecturer. She will combine this role with a full-time post as Professor of English Literature at Leeds Trinity University, where she is also Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research and Co-Director of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies. Her research includes work on Virginia Woolf (her latest book, Virginia Woolf and Christian Culture, was published in 2018), feminist theology, and literary imaginings of the afterlife.
The post of Lecturer at the Minster dates back to the nineteenth century and reflects long-standing links between the church and academia. Jane will therefore work to foster closer links between the Minster and local universities. Jane has also contributed to the work of Leeds Church Institute through writing and speaking engagements and she plans to build on this as Lecturer.
Before coming to the Minster, Jane was Associate Priest at St Martin’s Potternewton, at the heart of Leeds’ Caribbean community. She enjoys working ecumenically: she has worshipped with Christians of all denominations through Churches Together in Chapeltown and Harehills and she regularly contributes to the life of the Chaplaincy at Leeds Trinity, which has a Catholic foundation.
Jane takes inspiration from walking in the Yorkshire countryside and in the hills and coastlands of her native Wales.