Jane Williams announced as new McDonald Chair
Jane Williams

St Mellitus College is delighted to announce that Dr Jane Williams has been appointed as the next McDonald Professor in Christian Theology. Jane will be transitioning from her current role as Assistant Dean in the Summer 2020 to take up the position and will succeed Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams who will be retiring, having served as the first holder of the Chair since 2016.

Jane Williams is one of the founding members of the faculty of St Mellitus College and a long serving and dedicated leader, as well as an active scholar with an extensive publishing record. Jane is an experienced editor, is regularly invited to teach and speak all over the world, and, as well as having been a visiting Lecturer at several institutions, is involved in promoting theological education in other parts of the Anglican Communion. As such Jane offers a unique opportunity to teach, serve and act in an advisory capacity for the senior leadership in light of her wisdom, legacy and experience.

The position of McDonald Professor in Christian Theology is part of the McDonald Agape Foundation’s work to encourage distinguished scholars for Christ. Dr Williams has written and contributed to over 20 publications, including authoring Approaching Easter (Lion, Oxford, 2006) and Approaching Christmas (Lion, Oxford, 2005), Perfect Freedom (Canterbury Press, Norwich, 2001), Who Do You Say That I Am? (Canterbury Press, Norwich, 2006), Angels (Lion, Oxford, 2006), Faces of Christ (Lion, Oxford, 20011), Why Did Jesus Have to Die? (SPCK Publishing, 2016), and most recently The Merciful Humility of God (Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018). For three years Dr Williams wrote a Sunday readings column for the Church Times. The Times Literary Supplement review of her most recent book, The 2019 Lent Book: The Merciful Humility of God, said it was “A fresh, lively, and orthodox answer to the ancient question Cur deus homo?: why did God become man? … there is nourishing food for thought in these engaging essays, including a brave explanation of the mystery of the Trinity, and a serious case for the essential unity, for reflection and thanksgiving, of Christ's life, death and resurrection.”

As McDonald Professor in Christian Theology, Jane will continue to teach across St Mellitus’ five centres, contribute to GodPod and work with the faculty and senior leadership team, as well as acting in an ambassadorial capacity for St Mellitus College.

Revd Dr Andrew Emerton (Former Dean), writes:

“We are so grateful for all that Jane has done for St Mellitus since its inception and, although I am sorry to see her move on from her current role, I’m delighted that she will be continuing to be fully involved with the life of the College. Jane acts with humility and gentleness but has a great passion for the Church, a strong desire to see others flourish and is a caring and discerning leader. She is a source of wisdom, a wonderful advisor and trusted colleague. I’m incredibly grateful for all that Jane has done to serve the College and am delighted with this appointment.”

Jane comments:

“It has been a privilege to be part of St Mellitus College and to see it grow from small beginnings into all that God has called it to be. I am grateful for the trust that has been entrusted to me as I have served alongside fantastic colleagues and I look forward to this new season within the life of the college.”


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