Dr Anne Richards

National Public Policy Adviser for the Church of England

Anne’s role at the Church of England is as National Public Policy Adviser (contributing knowledge and expertise on modern society and popular culture, contemporary spirituality and a further focus on apologetics).

She is the convener of the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG), an ecumenical group of mission academics and practitioners, which resources churches in the areas of spirituality, theology, reconciliation, evangelism and mission.

Virtual lectures

Anne is available to deliver her lectures online, via Zoom or streaming. Please ask about this option when making your booking.


In her role as National Adviser, Anne is a prolific writer and speaker and has produced a large number of mission-focussed books and articles. These include (with MTAG):

The Search for Faith and the Witness of the Church (1996)
Presence and Prophecy (2002)
Sense Making Faith (2007)
Unreconciled (2011)

Resources on mission and social action are available at the Dispossession Project, and she also manages Spiritual Journeys for spiritual seekers.

Anne also regularly writes on rural mission and on child theology, including:

Through the Eyes of a Child (2009)
Children in the Bible (2013)

Lecture titles

  • Evil and the Supernatural in Contemporary Culture
  • Coronavirus and Spirituality
  • A New Theology of Evangelism
  • Issues in Contemporary Spirituality
  • New Religious Movements (NRM)