Revd Dr Lincoln Harvey is Assistant Dean at St Mellitus College, as well as being Lecturer in Systematic Theology. He studied systematic theology at King's College London under the supervision of Colin E. Gunton, on whose theology he has edited a collection of essays with T&T Clark (‘The Theology of Colin Gunton’). Lincoln was previously Tutor for Christian Doctrine at The South East Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), and has also taught on the MA programmes at King's College London, where he continues to contribute to the AKC programme. Having completed a doctorate in systematic theology with a focus on a trinitarian doctrine of creation, Lincoln has contributed to a number of books and journals, and has also written ‘A Brief Theology of Sport’ for SCM Press. Alongside his work in theological education, Lincoln has served as Assistant Curate at St John-at-Hackney and Associate Priest at St Andrew's Fulham Fields, and is currently a Licensed Preacher Under Seal in the Diocese of London.
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Dr Jane Williams is Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Systematic Theology at St Mellitus College. She is also a visiting Lecturer in Theology at King’s College London, having previously taught at Trinity College Bristol. She is the author of several books, including ‘Approaching Easter’ and ‘Approaching Christmas’, ‘Perfect Freedom’, ‘Who Do You Say That I Am?' and most recently, 'Angels'. She is an experienced editor, is regularly invited to teach and speak all over the world, and is involved in promoting theological education in other parts of the Anglican Communion. She is married to Rowan, and they have two children.
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Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams is the McDonald Professor in Christian Theology at St Mellitus College. Rowan lectures on a range of subjects across the curriculum, including sessions in the systematic theology and church history modules, as well as contributing study days for our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Formerly Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan has taught theology in Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol and London, and was on the staff of Mirfield and Westcott House, before taking up his current work as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Rowan has published numerous books and articles over the years, including ‘Arius: Heresy and Tradition' (SCM Press, 2001), 'Why Study the Past' (DLT, 2005), 'Faith in the Public Square' (Continuum, 2012), and 'On Augustine' (Bloomsbury, 2016) to name but a few. He is married to Jane, an Assistant Dean at St Mellitus, and they have two children.
The position of McDonald Professor in Christian Theology is part of the McDonald Agape Foundation’s work to encourage distinguished scholars for Christ.
Revd Dr Sean Doherty is Director of Studies and Tutor and Lecturer in Ethics. Oxford University Press has recently published his book 'Theology and Economic Ethics'. He has also written 'Foundations for Medical Ethics' in the Grove Ethics series, and is a member of the Grove Ethics group. He is Associate Minister at a church plant in an inner-city housing estate in London. He oversees the LLM training at St Mellitus College. He is married to Gaby and they have four children.
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Revd Rob Merchant is Tutor and Director of St Mellitus Chelmsford; his additional responsibilities in the life of St Mellitus include Dispersed Learning, contributing to ministerial formation and teaching, and Safeguarding. Upon leaving school Rob worked as a care worker supporting people with learning disabilities. Since ordination he has served in a number of different ministerial contexts from multi-parish rural to single parish urban as an incumbent and as an associate priest, he has also worked in academic research and management. His academic focus is the study of ageing, including dementia, and has contributed to a number of conferences in the UK and overseas. He is the author of ‘Pioneering the Third Age: The Church in an Ageing Population’ and has contributed to chapters and articles on themes including spirituality, mental health, chaplaincy, cell church, and creating communities of belonging. Rob’s passion is to see people flourish in the ministry to which they are called, in whatever walk of life. He is married to Tamsin, who is Vicar of St Mary’s Hornsey Rise where Rob serves as Associate Vicar.
Revd Dr Jill Duff is Director of St Mellitus College, North West (the St Aidan’s Centre) based at Liverpool Cathedral. She studied at Cambridge and Oxford holding degrees in Natural Sciences and Theology and a doctorate from Oxford University in Inorganic Chemistry. She worked in research and management for a major international oil company before her ordination in 2003. Since then she has served in the Liverpool diocese in parish ministry in deprived urban areas, in church planting as their first pioneer minister, and has overseen the curates’ training programme, teaching Contemporary Mission & Ecclesiology for Liverpool Hope University and is Chaplain of Liverpool College. Previously, as Project Leader of St Mellitus NW she worked to establish the partnership between St Mellitus College and the North West dioceses of Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. She has written on Pioneering Mission and the Theology of Work. Jill is married to Jeremy and loves being mum to their two young boys. She is most relaxed at their caravan in North Wales.
Revd Dr Donna Lazenby is Director of St Mellitus College, South West and Tutor and Lecturer in Christian Spirituality and Apologetics at St Mellitus College. She completed the BA in Philosophy and Theology, MPhil in Philosophy of Religion and PhD in Theology at Cambridge University’s Divinity Faculty. Her doctoral thesis won a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2011. In 2014 she published 'A Mystical Philosophy: Transcendence and Immanence in the Works of Virginia Woolf and Iris Murdoch', with Bloomsbury, and her second book 'Divine Sparks: Everyday Encounters with God’s Incoming Kingdom is forthcoming' with SPCK. Donna is married to Chris Thomson who is Consultant Pioneer Priest for the Diocese of Truro's Transforming Mission Project.
Mark Knight is Academic Director as well as Tutor and Lecturer in Historical & Systematic Theology at St Mellitus College. Mark studied in Cambridge and at UC Berkeley. His doctorate is on the life and work of the early-twentieth-century theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, while his broader research and teaching focuses on questions in both early and modern Christian thought, alongside systematic theology and the relationship between doctrine and the Christian life. He is married to Rachel, has a young daughter, and subscribes to the standard thirtysomething’s package of interests and pastimes.
Dr Sara Schumacher is Director of Education and Tutor and Lecturer in Theology & the Arts. Sara studied at the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (University of St Andrews) and completed a doctorate on contemporary church patronage of the visual arts under the supervision of Professor David Brown FBA, FRSE. While at St Andrews, Sara co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of Transpositions, an award-winning website that publishes articles related to art and theology. She also co-founded and led the St Andrews Postgraduate Christian Forum as well as served on the teaching and leadership teams at her church. Prior to postgraduate work, Sara trained and worked as a graphic designer in a variety of professional settings and continues to enjoy all things art-related.
Dr Chris Tilling is Graduate Tutor and Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at St Mellitus College. He is also a visiting Lecturer in Theology at King’s College London. Chris recently co-authored 'How God Became Jesus' (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014) with Michael Bird (ed.), Craig Evans, Simon Gathercole, and Charles Hill. He is also the editor of 'Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul' (Eugene, Or: Cascade, 2014). Chris’s first book, the critically acclaimed 'Paul’s Divine Christology' (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012), is now republished with multiple endorsements and a new Foreword, by Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2015). Chris has also published numerous articles on topics relating to the Apostle Paul, “Christology”, “justification”, the “historical Jesus” and the theology of Hans Küng. He is the New Testament editor for the exciting journal, 'Syndicate', and he has appeared as a DVD media figure for Biologos, GCI and HTB’s School of Theology. He is the author of a popular theology blog site entitled 'Chrisendom'. He is married to Anja with two children, and he enjoys playing golf and chess.
Revd Dr Mark Scarlata is Tutor and Lecturer in Old Testament Studies. Mark grew up in the USA and did his theological studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. He received his PhD from Cambridge University, which has been published as 'Outside of Eden: Cain in the Ancient Versions of Gen. 4.1-16' (T & T Clark, 2012). His latest book 'Am I my Brother's Keeper?: Christian Citizenship in a Globalized Society', (Wipf and Stock/Cascade) deals with issues related to Christian life and the response of faith within a global community. Mark has contributed articles to the T & T Clark Companion to the Septuagint and other volumes on Bible translation. His current research interests are in Exodus and more broadly in the Pentateuch. He returns to the college after a sabbatical period where he was the Distinguished Academic Visitor at Queens College, Cambridge. His forthcoming work will be The Abiding Presence: A Theological Commentary on Exodus. London: SCM Press. Mark is also the Vicar-Chaplain at St. Edward, King and Martyr, Cambridge where he serves as priest in one of the oldest churches in Cambridge that was also integral in the English Reformation. Mark is married to Bettina and they have three children.
Revd Dr Michael Leyden is Tutor and Lecturer in Doctrine and Ethics, North West Academic Tutor, and Lead Tutor for Academic Development, and half-time Vicar of Weston with Shavington in Chester Diocese. He specialises in the interface between dogmatic theology and ethics – particularly in the work of Reformed theologian Karl Barth – and is a member of the Grove Ethics Group. Michael studied theology in Oxford, Nottingham, and Chester, and has taught in various contexts including theological colleges, regional courses, open-access/public programmes, and as a university visiting-lecturer. Michael is married to Anna, a licensed lay-minister, and they have two children, two cats, two guinea pigs and a vegetable garden. He likes books, food, coffee, cricket, crosswords, whiskey, chocolate and real ale. Michael is a very occasional blogger.
Revd Dr Stephen Torr is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology, and Manager of St Mellitus College, North West. After completing undergraduate studies in Theology at the University of Birmingham, he remained to complete a PhD as a member of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. The PhD focused on retrieving the theology and practice of lament in a way that is conducive to Pentecostal/Charismatic theology and practice. The thesis was published in November 2013 under the title: 'A Dramatic Pentecostal/Charismatic Anti-Theodicy'. He is currently Priest in Charge in the parish of Norton, Runcorn. Stephen is married to Holly and they have two young children. In his spare time Stephen enjoys swimming, going to the gym, reading, listening to music, watching a good film, spending time with family and friends and eating … not necessarily in that order!
Dr Stephen Backhouse is Lecturer in Social and Political Theology. Stephen studied at the University of Oxford, then McGill, then Oxford again, where he completed his doctorate on Kierkegaard and religious nationalism. Besides teaching at those universities, Stephen has also written on matters of politics, national identity and Christianity. As well as magazine and think tank articles, other publications include 'The Compact Guide to Christian History' (Lion, 2011) and 'Kierkegaard's Critique of Christian Nationalism' (OUP, 2011).
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Revd Dr Joe Kennedy is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus North West. Joe grew up in Scotland, and studied mathematics and then theology at Edinburgh University, before undertaking doctoral study in theology at Keble College Oxford under the supervision of John Webster. Joe served as a curate in Oxford Diocese and then as Dean of Chapel and Fellow at Selwyn College Cambridge, and as Principal of one of the Church of England’s residential theological colleges, at Mirfield in West Yorkshire. In addition to his work at St Mellitus, Joe is Vicar of Oxton St Saviour, a large and diverse parish in Chester Diocese. He is married to Emily, who works for a mental health charity, and they have one son, who is in primary school.
Revd Helen Scamman is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College, North West. A trained teacher, with a degree in English Literature from Leeds University, Helen studied Theology at Ridley Hall. She was ordained in 2002, and completed her curacy at Christ Church, Winchester. She returned to Cambridge, where she studied for an M.A. in Pastoral Theology through the Cambridge Theological Federation. She is now Associate Vicar at St Thomas’ Church in Lancaster, where her husband Jon is the vicar. They have four children. Helen has a particular interest in speaking and reflecting on biblical perspectives on suffering. She enjoys walking in the Lake District, photography, and current affairs.
Alice Smith is Lead Tutor in Theology and Youth Ministry at St Mellitus College. Alice was previously a Youth Ministry Adviser for Chelmsford Diocese, helping churches to develop sustainability in their youth work. Prior to that, Alice spent three years managing the Naomi Project for Aquila Way in Newcastle-Gateshead, supporting homeless young women. She has been a teacher of basic skills to young people aged 16-19 and a parish youth worker. She holds a BA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Leeds and a PGCE(FE) from Sunderland University. Alice has developed particular interests around adolescent faith development through experiential learning, empowering young leaders and developing longevity in youth ministry. Alice runs a weekly youth discipleship group for 14-18 year olds. She is married to Andy, and they have two children.
Mark Scanlan is Tutor in Theology and Youth Ministry and Lead Undergraduate Tutor at St Mellitus College. He holds an MA in Youth Ministry from King's College London and is currently completing a PhD in Youth Ministry and Ecclesiology at Durham University. This doctoral project uses a practical theological framework to interrogate the implicit ecclesiology of youth group ministry and then uses this to enhance current conversations around the nature of the church. He is an active member of the IASYM (International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry). Prior to this Mark was involved in local church youth ministry for nearly twenty years, including a number of years leading the youth ministry and youth centre team at Stopsley Baptist Church in Luton where he also served as an Elder for eleven years. Mark still lives in Luton with his wife, Linda, and their two children. He is a keen cricket fan and captains a team in the nearby village of Lilley. In what remains of his free time he likes to read, run and catch up on the latest films.
Dr Hannah Steele is Tutor and Lecturer in Missiology at St Mellitus College. Hannah studied a BA in Theology and Philosophy at Oxford University and an MA in Theological Education at Kings College London. She remained at Kings to complete her PhD research entitled 'A critical appraisal of the theology of the emerging church'. Alongside her academic work, Hannah has spent time engaged in mission and evangelism amongst students in central London as a staff worker with the University and Colleges Christian Fellowship. She has also served on the leadership team of All Saints Church, Peckham, where she continues to be involved in preaching and teaching. She has taught theology in a number of different contexts, not least for a brief time in a theological college in Uganda in 2015. Hannah is married with three energetic sons and, thankfully, really likes football.
Dr Steve Smith is Tutor and Lecturer in New Testament Studies and Lead Tutor for Assessment at St Mellitus College. After working as a hospital doctor for several years he studied theology at London School of Theology. His PhD has been published as ‘The Fate of the Jerusalem Temple in Luke Acts: an Intertextual Approach to Jesus’ Laments over Jerusalem and Stephen’s Speech’ (T&T Clark 2017). He continues to pursue academic interests in Luke-Acts, the use of the Old Testament in New Testament, and relevance theory in biblical interpretation. Steve has taught Biblical Studies at the University of Chichester, and is one of the leaders of a House Church congregation in South East London where he also serves on their training team. He is married to Suman and they have one daughter.
Revd Russell Winfield is the Director of Development at St Mellitus College. He is also a Formation Tutor for ordinand and LLM students, and oversees the alumni. After a career in stockbroking and investment management, Russell served as a missionary in Labrador, South Africa and India, then as Student Pastor at Holy Trinity Cambridge. He is a Priest in the Church of England, and a former student of the college where he completed his MA in Christian Leadership. He has a passion for discipleship and theological education. He is married to Erin and they have a son, Gabriel.
Dr Renie Choy is Tutor and Lecturer in Church History at St Mellitus College. Renie was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Canada, and studied at Cornell University, Columbia University, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Doctoral studies in church history brought her to the UK, and she completed her doctorate at Oxford with a dissertation on eighth- and ninth-century monasticism. Her interest in medieval abbeys and monastic life has resulted in several journal articles and a monograph entitled 'Intercessory Prayer and the Monastic Ideal in the Time of the Carolingian Reforms' (Oxford University Press, 2016). Renie is married to Nicholas, and they have three young children. Aside from goals relating to motherhood and academia, Renie hopes one day to achieve three things: write a musical score for a film, find an object of archaeological importance, and own some sheep.
James Halstead is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus North West, teaching languages and biblical studies. After completing university the first time round, he worked for 7 years for a high street bank, before leaving to train for ordination. He studied for his Masters at Oak Hill Theological College, focussing on biblical studies and writing his thesis on OT Narrative material. Having served a curacy elsewhere within the Diocese of Chester, he is now Vicar of Mottram-in-Longdendale - a small but lively parish, covering a remarkably broad economic range - where his passion is to see the Bible opened up and at work in people’s lives. He is married to Holly (a GP), they have 2 young children and would choose to spend any time they have left at the end of a week listening to live music or watching modern ballet.
Revd Ashley Ross is Formation Tutor at St Mellitus College, North West. She is also a priest in the Diocese of Liverpool. After gaining a degree in Childhood and Youth Studies from Exeter University she served as Children's Pastor, and then as Assistant Pastor at Christ Church in Woking, where she was responsible for the evening congregation aimed at those in their 20's and 30's. Ashley is a former student of St Mellitus College where she completed her BA in Theology & Ministry before going on to serve her curacy at St George, Everton. She is currently completing an MA in Global Mission and Culture. Ashley is passionate about discipleship, hospitality and loving those on the edges of society. She is married to David and they enjoy exploring the beauty of the North West of England with their Cockapoo, Rafiki.
Fr Simon Cuff is a Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College. He studied Philosophy and Theology and Jewish Studies at Oxford University. His doctoral research was on the reception of Scripture in recent philosophy and critical theory. Following ordination in the Church of England, he served his curacy in, and was latterly Interim Priest-in-Charge of, a busy parish in Ealing Broadway in west London. Fr Simon has a long association with the craft of community organising through its UK home, Citizens UK and as a Fellow of the Centre for Theology and Community. Through this engagement with organising, he has participated in the Living Wage campaign and alongside migrants and refugees through work with MigrantsOrganise and Safe Passage. He has a keen interest in Catholic Social Teaching, sacramental theology and evangelism, and the use of Scripture in systematic theology and political thought.
Selina Stone is Tutor and Lecturer in Political Theology at St Mellitus College. She is a part time PhD student at the University of Birmingham researching the impact of Pentecostal theology and ministry on issues of social justice. She has a Masters Degree in Theology, Politics and Faith-based Organisations from King’s College London. Before joining the SMC team Selina worked at the Centre for Theology and Community for four years. Beginning as a participant on the Buxton Leadership Programme, she worked in Parliament and as a community organiser in Brixton. She has since developed the William Seymour Programme focussing on Pentecostal engagement in Community Organising and helped to launch the Congregational Development programme for churches in membership with Citizens UK. She has previous experience working in youth development at Ascension Trust forming a strategy for church responses to youth violence. Selina is originally from Birmingham, and now lives in London with her sister. She enjoys watching US Dramas, listening to 90s RnB and eating her dad’s homemade cakes.
The Revd Dr Elizabeth Jordan is employed by the Diocese of Chelmsford as Diocesan Lay Development Advisor. Working in partnership with St Mellitus College, Elizabeth is Tutor for LLM training at St Mellitus College, Chelmsford. She has been ordained for 25 years and is passionate about collaboration between men and women, clergy and lay and diocesan structures and the local church. She has one book published on ‘Ordained Local Ministry in the Church of England’ and several articles on Interim Ministry and Local Ministry. She divides her spare time between being outside and going to the theatre.
Chris Lane is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College, North West. He planted Langworthy Community Church in 2004, a pioneering missional church in inner city Salford, Greater Manchester, and still leads the church now. Chris helped to start the Eden youth project in Salford. He is also a trustee of Soul Survivor Ministries and a regular conference speaker. Chris graduated with an MA in Theology at Chester University in 2016, focussing on urban theology, hospitality and the common meal tradition in the gospels and the earliest church. In summer 2017 his first book was published: 'Ordinary Miracles: mess, meals and meeting Jesus in unexpected places' (Instant Apostle, 2017). Chris is married to Esther, and they have three children, who are being taught to follow Jesus and Manchester United, in that order. In his spare time Chris enjoys running, reading, and watching sport.
Stephanie Day is Academic Development Tutor at St Mellitus College. She has a D Phil in Medieval Studies from the University of York, an AKC and a tertiary teaching diploma. She taught Medieval English at York University in the 1990s, and taught study skills at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand from 2001 to 2015, helping undergraduates and postgrads to study efficiently and improve their writing and oral presentations. At St Mellitus she advises students at all levels from those finding their feet as they begin tertiary study, to those expressing complex theology in their postgraduate theses. When she isn’t helping students, Stephanie works part-time for St Hild College in Yorkshire and is a freelance editor and writing adviser. She is married to John, who is adviser on mission strategy and church revitalisation for the Archbishop of York, and Vicar of St Chads, Knavesmire.
Revd Nick Griffin is Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus South West. Born and bred in the South West, Nick holds an MTh from Oxford and is currently completing his PhD in Systematic Theology on the theme of mystery at King’s College London. This study draws together Karl Barth and Maurice Wiles’ divergent understandings of providence to illuminate the necessity of mystery in theology. Prior to ordination, Nick worked as a housing support mentor for homeless youth in Bridgwater; following the completion of a curacy in Frome, he was University Chaplain for Plymouth Marjon University. He has lectured for South West Ministry Training Course and is now Associate priest to the Blackdown Benefice. Married with two young children, in his spare time Nick attempts to play electric guitar and build things out of pallets.
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