For many years, Tony has been teaching, training, and preaching in a wide range of contexts from church groups through to academic contexts and international conferences. He specialises in the relationship between contemporary media (especially film and television) and the Bible, and in the Old Testament prophets. The subject matter on which he regularly speaks includes the Bible (especially the Old Testament), worldviews, popular culture, media analysis, media production, missiology. He is very comfortable engaging with both Christian and secular audiences. As both a teacher and a trainer, he aims to help people learn in a variety of styles: multimedia, interactive workshops, facilitating learning through small groups, mentoring individuals, formal lectures, etc.

Tony started preaching in churches as a late teenager and has since been involved in a wide variety of up-front roles in many different contexts. Several years as a secondary school teacher gave him a good grounding in engaging the attention of a reluctant (sometimes even hostile!) audience. His five years as a staffworker with UCCF (Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship) gave him the opportunity to develop his skills as a trainer as well as in teaching. He gained invaluable experience of speaking in a number of cross-cultural contexts during his eight-year leadership of the Congregational World Assembly of Youth, and subsequently in other contexts. After joining Damaris in 1996, Tony further developed his skills in helping people learn through interactive multimedia workshops as well as in more traditional teaching and training styles. Since leaving Damaris Trust in 2014, Tony has been a freelance speaker, trainer, and writer. He has been an adjunct lecturer at NLA Kristiansand (Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communications), Norway, since 2003, and was a visiting lecturer at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, from 2014 to 2017.

Tony is an enthusiastic communicator who will happily speak or provide training on a very wide range of subjects but areas of particular expertise include:

  • Understanding films: workshops based on Tony's book Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema, looking at how to watch films with a greater awareness of worldviews, and therefore how to respond to the messages which they communicate. [More details]
  • Engaging with the media: Theoretical frameworks and practical processes involved, as well as looking at lots of examples - especially from cinema and literature - and a biblical foundation for why this is important. [More details]
  • Aspects of culture: Helping people understand both how our culture has developed, and some of the enormous changes that have taken place in recent decades with the rise of postmodernism. [More details]
  • Worldviews: How to think about and engage with worldviews generally, or a specific focus on any of a number of major worldviews. [More details]
  • Bible teaching: Tony particularly welcomes invitations to teach the Bible, especially the Old Testament prophets. [More details]

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The Tony and Jane Watkins Trust oversees and supports the ministries of Tony and Jane Watkins in Christian training, education, and communication. It is a charity registered in England and Wales, no. 1062254.
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