Rev Dr Carol Tomlin

About Rev Dr Carol Tomlin

Rev Dr Tomlin is an ordained minister and award-winning educational leader who, is currently the Principal and Director of studies at KST. Dr Tomlin has a long and distinguished academic career both nationally and internationally and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leeds.

She has trained teachers and taught English, Communication and Education Studies in universities in the UK and USA. She is an open learning and independent study specialist, was appointed as a part time online tutor at Oxford University, Department of Continuing Education. 

As an educational leader, some of her roles have included Education Studies Course Tutor at the University of Wolverhampton and Admissions and Assessment Tutor respectively in the School of Independent Study at the University of East London.


  • Practical Theology 
  • Pentecostalism 
  • Homiletics/Preaching 


  • PhD in Education and Sociolinguistics – University of Reading 
  • MPhil in Theology – University of Birmingham 
  • Graduate Certificate in Planning for Professional Development – University of East London 
  • B Ed (Hons) in History and English – University of Wolverhampton 
  • Cert Ed in History and English – University of Wolverhampton  


Selected Key Texts 

  • Tomlin, C. Preach It: Understanding African Caribbean Preaching. London: SCM Press, 2019.
  • Mocombe, P., C. Tomlin and C. CallendarThe African Americanization of the Black Diaspora in Globalization or the Contemporary Capitalist World-System. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2016.
  • Mocombe, P., C. Tomlin and V. ShowunmiJesus and the Streets: the Loci of Causality for the IntraRacial Gender Achievement Gap in Black Urban American and the United Kingdom. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2015.
  • Mocombe, P., C. Tomlin and V. Showunmi. “Jesus and the Streets: A Hermeneutical Framework for Understanding the Intraracial Gender Academic Achievement Gap in Black Urban America and the United Kingdom.” Language and Sociocultural Theory 1, no. 2 (2014): 125-152.
  • Mocombe, P., C. Tomlin and C. Wright. Race and Class Distinctions Within Black Communities: A Racial Caste in Class. London: Routledge, 2014.
  • Mocombe, P. and C. Tomlin. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ as the Dialectical Unveiling of the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.” Contemporary Religious Studies 1, no. 3 (2013): 201-215.
  • Thompson, D.W. and C. Tomlin. “Recruiting Minority Ethnic Students on to Initial Teacher Training Courses.” Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning 15, no. 3 (2013): 47-65.
  • Tomlin, C. and P. Mocombe. “Black American Pentecostalism and the Ever-Increasing Materialization of Black Spiritualism in the Diaspora.” Journal of Christian Ethics 2, no. 4 (2012): 143 -167.
  • Mocombe, P. and C. Tomlin. Language, Literacy and Pedagogy in Postindustrial Societies: The Case of Black Underachievement. International Studies in Sociology and Anthropology Series (ISSA). London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Mocombe, P. and C. Tomlin. The Oppositional Culture Theory. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010.
  • Tomlin, C. Black Language Style in Sacred and Secular ContextsMedgar Evers College, Brooklyn, New York: Caribbean Diaspora Press, 1999. 

Book Review

  • Judith Bell with Stephen Waters (6th Edition) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide For First-Time Researchers. Open University Press: Maidenhead, Berkshire, 2014. 


  • External Examiner for Postgraduate (Masters and Doctoral) Theses for the Faculty of Education University of the West Indies (2005 – to date). 
  • External Examiner for PhD Language Arts Student, University of Bolton (2016). 
  • External Examiner for Applied Education Studies BA Honours Degree and Foundation Studies in Education Degree at University of Bedfordshire (2014-2015). 
  • External Examiner for PhD Early Years student, University of Bolton (2013). 
  • External Examiner for PhD Theology student, University of Leeds (2002). 



  •  Educational Consultant for Sheffield Hallam University (2001-to present).
  • Mulitverse Grant for research on High Attaining Black Students in London and Birmingham. 
  • Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award from University of Wolverhampton.
  • Visiting Lecturer on the Erasmus funded programme in Nijmegen, Holland. Theme: ‘Meeting the Challenges of Change in Europe’.
  • Universities Council for the Education of Teachers and American Association of  Colleges for Teacher Education (UCET/AACT) travel scholarship. Research investigated the Urban Teachers’ Programme at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 
  • British Academy Joint Collaborative Universities Scholarship to conduct comparative research on language/literacy in Kingston, Jamaica and Birmingham, England. 

Dr Tomlin was a visiting tutor at The Queen’s Foundation Birmingham, teaching Research Methods on the MA programme designed for Anglican and Methodist International students. In addition, she has many years experience of pastoral ministry as the Senior Pastor of Restoration Fellowship Ministries and has also worked as a registered Healthcare Chaplain.

She has a research background in education, sociolinguistics, Pentecostalism and homiletics and is an author of several academic publications. As one of the leading experts on preaching styles, she featured on the BBC television production of Black Messiah. She regularly presents at national and international academic conferences.

As a gifted orator, she is often invited to give the keynote address at various church and academic related forums, both nationally and internationally. With a fascination for people, she enjoys travelling and socialising. Dr Tomlin firmly believes in the transformative power of Jesus Christ to change the lives of each individual! 

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