Revd Dave Bookless

Director of Theology

Dave Bookless (Melissa Ong)

Dave has worked with A Rocha since 1997, first as an International Trustee, then from 2001 with A Rocha UK as co-founder (with his wife Anne), National Director, and then Director for Theology, Churches & Sustainable Communities. He joined the A Rocha International team in September 2011. His role as Director of Theology includes providing advice and resources for ARI’s Trustees, Team and national A Rocha organizations, and coordinating liaison with international theological and mission networks and organizations. He is also studying part-time for a PhD at Cambridge University on biblical theology and biodiversity conservation.

Dave’s passion is communicating biblical teaching to today’s cultures, and he has spoken in many countries to conferences, colleges and churches. He has contributed to many books and has authored two: Planetwise – Dare to Care for God’s World (IVP, 2008) and God Doesn’t do Waste (IVP, 2010), selected by Third Way magazine as one of its books of the year for 2010.

Born and raised in India, Dave has a love for Indian food, Indian culture and Indian Christianity. He, his wife Anne, and their four daughters live in multi-cultural Southall, London, where Dave (an ordained Anglican minister) shares in the leadership of a multi-racial church and where as a family they try to live as sustainably as possible. Dave is also a qualified bird-ringer and loves birding, islands and mountains.

Follow Dave each month on Planetwise, the A Rocha International blog.

After an involvement of over 20 years, why are you still with A Rocha?

The majority of the world’s Christians are still not hearing what the Bible teaches about caring for creation, and so the message is more important than ever.

What do you enjoy most?

Three things! I love it when I’m teaching and somebody suddenly understands that the Creator cares about all he has made and wants them to act accordingly – sometimes you really see them ‘get it’. I meet such wonderful people, truly amazing supporters. And I appreciate chances to be outdoors in the beauty of nature with our teams.

Your books and blogs make it clear that biblical teaching and being part of A Rocha has hugely influenced your family’s lifestyle. Are you satisfied now?

Not in the slightest! We make loads of compromises. I think it’s impossible to live lightly within our western culture – the whole system needs to change. I’m just thankful that God doesn’t judge us by how far we’ve got. It’s the direction of travel that matters.

Is there any frequent theme to your prayers?

I long for influential Christians to allow themselves to feel how God feels, to be in touch with his groaning for his creation.

Is there one Bible verse about the environment which stands out for you?

I really resist picking out single verses, because it’s such a major biblical theme. But if pressed, Psalm 24:1, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.’ It’s such a radical statement.

I couldn’t do my job without…

A walk with my binoculars each week. My supportive family and church. Colleagues. Skype. Fair-trade organic coffee!

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