David Emerton
Revd Dr David Emerton
Director of St Mellitus, East Midlands


Revd Dr David Emerton is Director of St Mellitus College, East Midlands; currently, he combines this role with being Principal of the School of Discipleship in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham – a role which he has held since January 2018.  Before that David was a Teaching Fellow in Systematic & Historical Theology at the University of Aberdeen, where he also completed his doctorate.  Prior to moving to Aberdeen, David served as a member of clergy in the Diocese of London, and prior to ordination he worked in the City of London as a corporate lawyer.  Outside of theology and the church David’s interests include: Liverpool FC, crime novels, fighting a losing battle to keep fit, his wife, Naomi, and his two young daughters (although not necessarily in that order…).

Research Projects

David’s current work is focussed on the revision of his doctoral thesis (The Pneumatological and Eschatological Methodology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ecclesiology) for publication.

  • God’s Church Community: The Ecclesiology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, forthcoming).
  • Review of Michael Mawson, Christ Existing as Community: Bonhoeffer’s Ecclesiology (Oxford: OUP, 2018), Ecclesiology 15.2 (2019) (invited)