Rob Merchant
Revd Rob Merchant
Director of St Mellitus College, Chelmsford


Revd Rob Merchant is Tutor and Director of St Mellitus College, Chelmsford; his additional responsibilities in the life of St Mellitus College 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. 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.

Research Projects
  • Pioneering the Third Age: The Church in an Ageing Population published by Paternoster Publishing in April 2003
  • Chaplaincy and Mental Health'' co-authored with Canon Andrew Wilson in ‘Spirituality & Mental Health’ editors Prof. Peter Gilbert et al. Pavillion. 2011
  • ‘Cell Church: Culturally Appropriate?’ in M. Green (ed) ‘Church Without Wall’s’ published by Paternoster in June 2002
  • ‘It’s worth the Journey: viewing older age through scripture’ in ‘It’s worth the Journey’ [2001] an Evangelical Alliance Partnership for Change booklet from The Reaching Older People Network.

Public Lectures:

  • Becoming Forgetful in Lent: Discipleship in Light of Dementia Lent Lectures 2018. Hosted by the Bank Churches. St Mary-Le-Bow, 26th Feb 2018
  • Ageing and Spirituality. The Severn Theological Forum. University of Gloucestershire. June 2013.
  • Ageing & Faith, Living a long life well, Dementia, identity & the Pilkington Library Project, Whose mind is it anyway? Mental Health & Chaplaincy. Lectures for the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies, St Marks Theological College & Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia, January 2011
  • Living a long life well. Invited to give the annual John Young Foundation lecture in Stafford. October 2010.
  • Pioneering the 3rd Age – Practical Theology Unit public lecture at the St Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden. 20th November 2007.
  • Whose mind is it anyway? Delivered for the Christians in Mental Health Network, Liverpool. April 2007
  • Mental Health Chaplaincy in the NHS: Current Challenges and Future Needs. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture (2010) co-authored with Canon Andrew Wilson
  • The Modern Workplace: Surfing the wave or surviving the straightjacket? Crucible (2007) co authored with Prof. Peter Gilbert
  • Promoting health and well-being: the role of spirituality. (September 2006) Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, London
  • Spirituality and Older People: The Value of Age. Journal of the College of Preachers. July 2005
  • Spirituality: The new religion? Generations Review Summer 2004
  • The Church and Age: Enabling the Spiritual Growth of Older People (Background Paper) Invited Consultation at St Georges House, Windsor. 18th-19th June 2013
  • Developing an MSc in Spirituality, Health & Social Care European Network of Research on Religion, Spirituality and Health. April 2007. Vol 2. No 2
  • ‘‘Is Religion a friend of Ageing? A Response to Peter Coleman’s Lecture by Rev. Rob Merchant.’ (2004) Leveson Centre for Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy
  • Keeping a web-based research journal using a blog’ (Sept/Oct 2004) Journal of Dementia Care, Hawker Publications, London
  • The Journey of Mental Health: Walking the Psalms. Guidelines  Bible Reading Fellowship. (published in Sept 2009) 2 weeks contribution
  • Ageing. Guidelines. Bible Reading Fellowship (2005) 2 weeks contribution
  • Way In: Establishing a successful welcome course, for people in transition Ministry Today Issue 32, 2004