Visiting Professors

St Mellitus' Visiting Professors are senior academics who teach on a regular basis in the college.

Revd Professor Keith Ward

The Revd Professor Keith Ward studied at the University of Wales, Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  He is currently a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College in the philosophy of religion and has held Lecturer posts in Logic at the University of Glasgow, Philosophy at St Andrew's, and Philosophy of Religion at King's College London. He was Fellow, Dean and Director of Studies in Philosophy and in Theology at Trinity Hall Cambridge, where he was also Lecturer in Divinity. He was the F D Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology at the University of London, where he was also Professor and Head of Department of History and Philosophy of Religion. Until 2003, he was Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford for over a decade. Professor Ward is the author of many books, including 'Why there Almost Certainly is a God: Doubting Dawkins' and 'God, Chance and Necessity'.

Revd Professor Alister McGrath

The Revd Professor Alister McGrath is one of the most published and well-known theologians in the world today. He comes from Belfast, and studied at Oxford, Cambridge and Utrecht universities. He is a specialist in a wide range of fields, including Reformation theology, Anglicanism, and the relationship between Science and Faith. He was Principal of Wycliffe Hall Oxford, Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and is now Professor of Theology, Education and Ministry at King's College London. He is the author of numerous books, including 'Christian Theology: An Introduction', ' A Scientific Theology (3 volumes), and 'Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life'.

Professor Richard Bauckham

Professor Richard Bauckham is a widely published scholar in theology, historical theology and New Testament. Richard Bauckham was until 2007 Professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor in the University of St Andrews. He has recently retired in order to concentrate on research and writing, and is Senior Scholar at Ridley Hall in Cambridge.He studied at the University of Cambridge, where he read history at Clare College and was a Fellow of St John's College. He taught theology for one year at the University of Leeds, and for fifteen years at the University of Manchester, where he was Lecturer, then Reader in the History of Christian Thought, before moving to St Andrews in. Bauckham has been published in a variety of fields in New Testament studies and early Christianity. His current research interests include Jesus and the Gospels, New Testament Christology, and the relevance of the Bible to ecological issues.

Professor Tom Greggs

Professor Tom Greggs is one of the youngest Professors of Theology in the UK and is chair in Historical and Doctrinal Theology at the University of Aberdeen, having previously been Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Chester.  He graduated with the highest first class honours degree in his year from the University of Oxford, and has a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Cambridge. His books include Theology against Religion (T&T Clark, 2011), and Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation (Oxford University Press, 2009). A Methodist preacher, Tom serves the church locally and nationally, and is committed to relating church and academy.

Dr Luke Bretherton

Dr Luke Bretherton is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Born and bred in West London, he was until recently Reader in Theology & Politics and Convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum at King's College London.  As well as academic articles and books he writes in the media (including The Guardian, The Times and The Huffington Post) on topics related to religion and politics. In addition he has been actively involved in a variety of faith-based NGOs, and community and political initiatives.  His books include Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity (Ashgate, 2006) and Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) - recently shortlisted for the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize in Theological Writing. His primary areas of research, supervision and teaching are theological ethics, Christian political thought, missiology and practices of social, political and economic witness in the contemporary context. Further information on his publications, including chapters and articles to download, is available from