Laura Lock, Dip COT, MRCOT

Tutor in Theology

Email: l.lock@spurgeons.ac.uk

Laura Lock is co-founder of Enabled Leaders – a ministry that enables, develops, and supports church leaders via leadership training, Learning Hubs, support groups, coaching, mentoring and more.

Laura has co-delivered yearly lectures on leadership at Spurgeon’s College with her husband, Adrian, since 2019. They have also offered ‘Leadership Hubs’ to Spurgeon’s graduates supporting them in their first years after graduation since 2020. Laura also leads a support group for women ministers, a peer supervision group for Biblical Counsellors, and a discipleship group alongside her church leadership duties within Streatham Baptist Church.

Laura became a church leader in 2019 after 35+ years professional leadership in mental health Occupational Therapy rising to senior NHS management between 2010-2018. She gained Professional Merit and Lifetime Achievement awards for her national leadership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapist’s Eating Disorders Forum between 2002-2018. This included university lecturing and advising national organisations such as NHS England, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Care Quality Commission due to her pioneering research, textbook publications, organising and presenting at several conferences/Masterclasses and developing a specialist assessment tool which is now used internationally. She was also Clinical Training Lead for Beat, the UK Eating Disorders charity.

Laura’s church leadership experience includes leadership and LifeGroup leader training, Biblical Counselling discipleship, risk management, ministerial recruitment, complex decision-making, safeguarding, leading services, occasional preaching, mental health training and more. She helped lead a church plant, developed a spiritual health and growth survey, contributed to discipleship and racial justice strategy and more. She also spent 3.5 years in Youth With A Mission in Amsterdam and Lebanon and led an evangelistic mobile theatre touring UK and Denmark.

Laura loves running, walking, kayaking, painting, and relaxing with family and friends but she is passionate about effective church leadership and discipleship.

Leadership and discipleship are all about enabling people, which is Laura’s professional expertise informed by a wide range of mental health training and leadership experience both in secular and church settings.

Forthcoming Publication

  • Lock, Laura, ‘Why, When, Where and How to Admonish’in Lead On, Church Pastoral Aid Society newsletter (CPAS)

Publications

  • Lock LC & Pepin G (2019) Eating Disorders, Chapter 11, (p 154-168) in: Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation 2nd Edition. Edited by Catana Brown, Virginia C Stoffel & Jaime Phillip Munoz. Pub: F.A. Davis Philadelphia, USA.
  • Lock LC, Williams HA, Bamford B & Lacey JH (2012) The St George’s Eating Disorders Service Meal Preparation Group for Inpatients and Day Patients Pursuing Full Recovery: A Pilot Study, European Eating Disorders Review Volume 20 p218-224                               
  • Lock LC & Pepin G (2011) Eating Disorders, Chapter 10, (p 123-139) in: Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation, Edited by Catana Brown & Virginia C Stoffel Pub: F.A. Davis Philadelphia, USA
  • Lock LC (2006) ‘Fat’ is a Political and Psychological Issue. An invited response to Adrian Glyn Pacey’s Article: ‘Fat is a Political Issue, Not Psychological’. Mental Health Occupational Therapy, 11 (2) 61-64
  • Lock, LC.  (2000). Reoccupying the Preoccupied: Occupational Therapy for Sufferers of Eating DisordersChapter 5 In:  Eating Disorders: A Multi-Professional Approach.  p70-87. Ed Hindmarsh, Thea, Whurr Publications: London: England.