Bob Whorton – Associate, France

Bob is a Methodist Minister who has worked in circuit and in chaplaincies within high-secure psychiatric settings and hospice. He now lives in western France and, together with his wife Sue, has set up a small reflection centre (https://lesjardinsdesarts.com/).

His particular interest is in encouraging a reflective style in ministry using creative methods. Drawing on his experience of hospice chaplaincy, and writing honestly about his inner reactions to this work, he has published Reflective Caring: Imaginative listening to Pastoral Experience (SPCK, 2011) and Voices from the Hospice, (SCM, 2015). With Karen Murphy, he has also edited Chaplaincy in Hospice and Palliative Care (Jessica Kingsley, 2017). 

He continues to be fascinated by the process of pastoral supervision and has most recently worked as a lead trainer with the Methodist Church as it rolls out its supervision programme for those in ministry in the U.K.