Early years and education
Storkey is the eldest of three children to James and Anne Lively. She grew up in Ossett, West Yorkshire, and was educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, doing postgraduate work in philosophy at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and York University, England.
In 1968 she married Alan Storkey, an economist, writer and lecturer, with whom she has had three sons.
She left Manchester College to marry and join her husband on the faculty of the University of Stirling. She started broadcasting with the BBC in 1986, after they both returned from a period of lecturing at Calvin College, Michigan, and Covenant College, Tennessee, in the United States. She has since been involved in many documentaries, arts, news and current affairs programmes. She has been a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Today for more than 20 years and has written many scripts for the BBC World Service. Elaine Storkey has authored several books, including What's Right With Feminism, The Search for Intimacy and Mary's Story, Mary's Song. She has also been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England since 1987, serving on the Archbishops Rural Commission and the Cathedrals Commission. For many years she wrote for The Independent and now regularly writes for the Swedish newspaper Dagen and for the Church Times. During the 1990s she collaborated with Roman Catholic author and theologian Magaret Hebblethwaite and they co-authored a book exploring Christian feminism from two different traditions. Their writings on women are widely used within the Roman Catholic as well as other churches. Storkey was also a close colleague of the Biblical scholar Catherine Clark Kroeger, whose obituary she wrote in July 2011.
After many years teaching and writing with the Open University and presenting radio and television documentaries on gender, race and ethnicity, Storkey succeeded John Stott as Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) in 1991, a post she held until 1999. She also taught at King's College London. In 1997 she became President of Tearfund, a Christian relief and development charity, and has since been involved in monitoring aid, relief and advocacy work in countries of the Global South. In 2010 she and her husband Alan became founder members of Restored, an organisation committed to advocating against violence to women.
Storkey has served on many other boards and councils, including the Crown Nominations Commission, the environmental agency A Rocha, the global advocacy group Micah Challenge, and as Vice President of the University of Gloucestershire. She is currently President of Fulcrum, a Church of England think-tank. She holds a Lambeth DD degree and was given an honorary PhD from the University of Gloucestershire.
Storkey's Created or Constructed grew out of lectures given at the University of New South Wales in Australia. From 2003 to 2006, she was a colleague of Alister McGrath as Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and remained there until 2007. Amidst much publicity in 2007, 12 members of the academic staff resigned, critical of the leadership of the college principal, Richard Turnbull. At an employment tribunal in 2008, the college admitted that it did not comply with employment law and was ordered to pay compensation. Turnbull was removed from his post in 2012. Storkey continues to teach on the Christian Mind course at Oxford University, and has been a lecturer with the Montgomery Trust since 2001. She became a member of High Table at Newnham College, Cambridge, in January 2008. From February 2009 to September 2012 she was Director of Education and Training for the Church of England's Church Army, in conjunction with York St John University. In the summer of 2009 she held a Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship in Journalism and was Chair of The Church and Media network from 2010 to 2012. Among the lectures she has given since summer 2010 are the Frumentius Lectures, the Annual Barnardo Lecture, the "Global Gender Lectures" for the Cymru Institute, the Oliver Lyseight Annual Memorial Lecture, and the lecture "Creative Christianity in Popular Culture" at Dordt College, USA. A fuller list of lectures can be found on the author's webpage.
Storkey lectures across the world, including in Haiti, India and Ethiopia, and is a prominent feminist evangelical. Her writings have brought a biblical perspective to the feminist movement. She is concerned to highlight the impact of climate change and global poverty, as well as of sexual violence, on women. She has visited many African countries and been involved in advocacy, with strong links to Heal Africa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Awards and honours
Storkey was given a life-time achievement award for services to women by the American group CBE in 2008, and in 2013 her alma mater, Aberystwyth University, honoured her with a university fellowship.
- What's Right with Feminism, SPCK, 1985
- Mary's Story, Mary's Song, Harper-Collins, 1993
- Magnify the Lord, Harper Collins, 1996
- The Search for Intimacy, Hodder Headline, 1994
- Conversations on Christian Feminism, with Margaret Hebblethwaite, Harper-Collins, 1999
- Created or Constructed: The Great Gender Debate, Paternoster Press, 2000
- The Origins of Difference, Baker Book House, 2002
- Word on the Street, Old Hall Press, 2005
- Other publications
- "The Production of Social Divisions", Social Sciences: A Foundation, Open University Press, 1985.
- "Sex and Sexuality in the Church", Mirror to the Church, Editor Monica Furlong, SPCK, 1986.
- Faith in the Countryside, Report of the Archbishops', Commission on Rural Areas, co-author, 1990
- "Modernity and Anthropology", in Philip Sampson, Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden (eds), Faith and Modernity, Lynx, 1994
- "Dooyeweerd's Anthropology – The Male-Female Dimension", in Sander Griffioen, Bert M. Balk (eds), Christian Philosophy at the Close of the Twentieth Century, Assessment and Perspective, Uitgeverij kok Kampen, 1995
- "Sexuality and Spirituality", in David Torrance, Family, Sexuality and Spirituality, Hansel Press, 1997
- "A Commentary – New Testament Study Bible", with Catherine Kroeger and Mary Evans, CUP, 2002
- "Theology and Gender", in A Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology, CUP, 2008.
- Fellows of Harris Manchester College, Oxford: Anthony Kenny, Terence Copley, Elaine Storkey, Ralph Waller, Raymond Plant [Paperback].
- "Thought for the day – search results Elaine Storkey". BBC. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
- Conversations on Christian Feminism, London: Harper Collins, 1999.
- "Women Can Be Priests".
- "A Liberating Woman", Christianity Today, Vol. 55, No. 7, July 2011, p, 42.
- "The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity". Licc.org.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Dr Elaine Storkey – President of Tearfund". Tearfund. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
- "Fulcrum: "Being Disciples" – 2007 Conference, Elaine Storkey". Fulcrum-anglican.org.uk. 27 April 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Previous Lectures". Newcollege.unsw.edu.au. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Elaine Storkey | Oxford Christian Mind Programme". Oxfordchristianmind.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- The Montgomery Trust.
- "Elaine Storkey appointed new Director of Training at Church Army", ChurchArmy Online, 13 February 2009.
- "About the Fellowship". Templeton-Cambridge. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Elaine Storkey to lead Church and Media Network". Themedianet.org. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "EGST". Egst-addis.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Events – forthcoming events for doctors and medical professionals". Cmf.org.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "Cardiff Wales | CICC Online (The Cymru Institute for Contemporary Christianity)". CICC Online. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- Posted by Administrator on 17/01/2011 16:26:51 (17 January 2011). "The Oliver Lyseight Annual Lecture 2011". N.T.C.G. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- Conference 2012, Dordt College.
- "Newbold College: Article". Newbold.ac.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "The Baptist Times (May 8, 2008)". Exacteditions.com. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- Heal Africa website.
- "Dr Elaine Storkey honoured", Aberystwyth University, 11 July 2013.
- Independent CV at the Wayback Machine (archived January 27, 2007)
- storykey.info - The Homepage for Elaine and Alan Storkey.