Michael Leyden
Revd Dr Michael Leyden
Director of St Mellitus College, North West
Tutor and Lecturer in Doctrine and Ethics


Revd Dr Michael Leyden is Director of St Mellitus College, North West and Tutor and Lecturer in Doctrine and Ethics at St Mellitus College. He is also Lead Tutor for Academic Development, overseeing the study skills programme as well as dyslexia support for students.

Michael specialises in the interface between dogmatic theology and ethics – particularly in the work of Reformed theologian Karl Barth – and is a member of both the Grove Ethics and Doctrine Groups. Michael grew up on a council estate in Liverpool, read theology at Oxford, trained for ministry in Nottingham, and completed his PhD at Chester. His forthcoming book, Living Faithfully: The Nicene Creed and Christian Ethics will be published by SCM Press in 2019.

Since ordination Michael has served in the Dioceses of Liverpool and Chester, and has been in church leadership in urban, sub-urban and rural contexts. He is passionate about mixed-economy church, and has been involved in church planting and revitalisation as well as leading inherited church. Michael is married to Anna, a licensed lay-minister, and they have two children. He likes books, food, coffee, cricket, crosswords, whiskey, chocolate and real ale...but not all at once. Michael is a very occasional blogger.

Research Projects

Michael's current research focuses on worship and formation, and in particular the way liturgical affirmations of faith shape our moral imagination. He is working on a volume to be published by SCM Press in 2019 on the liturgical use of the Nicene Creed and its implications for every day Christian ethics.

Michael is also interested in the practicalities of teaching, and the difference Christian faith makes to approaches to education and learning. In his role as Lead Tutor for Academic Development he is developing learning resources for students to enable them to get the most out of their studies, and has completed training with the British Dyslexia Association.

  • Living Faithfully: The Nicene Creed and Christian Ethics (London: SCM Press) Forthcoming
  • Doctrine in Practice: Introducing Karl Barth's Moral Theology (Cambridge: Grove, 2016)
  • With David Clough, 'Claiming Barth for Ethics: The Last Two Decades' in Ecclesiology 6.2 (2010)
  • Michael has had book reviews published in the following journals: International Journal of Systematic Theology, Studies in Christian Ethics, Theology, Theological Books Review, The Evangelical Quarterly, The Karl Barth Society of North America, and Anvil.