St Mellitus' Visiting Professors are senior academics who teach on a regular basis in the college.
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'.
The Revd Professor Alister McGrath is one of the most published and well-known theologians in the world today. He comes from Belfast, N. Ireland, 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 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 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 is currently the youngest professorial chair in theology in the UK. 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. Tom is secretary of the Society for the Study of Theology and co-chair of Scriptural Reasoning at the American Academy of Religion. His books include Theology against Religion (T&T Clark, 2011), New Perspectives for Evangelical Theology (Routledge, 2010), and Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation (Oxford University Press, 2009). His articles and book chapters have appeared in leading publication and he is an internationally respected speaker. He has been College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and a visiting professor in religion at the University of Virginia, and is a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. A Methodist preacher, Tom serves the church locally and nationally, and is committed to relating church and academy.
Born and bred in West London, Dr Luke Bretherton is taking up a position as Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University in 2012. He is currently Reader in Theology & Politics and Convener of the Faith & Public Policy Forum in the School of Social Science and Public Policy at King's College London. He has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs and churches around the world, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. He has co-edited a book of essays on the emerging church entitled 'Remembering Our Future: Explorations in Deep Church' (Paternoster, 2007). His first book Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity (Ashgate, 2006) explores the churches response to moral pluralism. As well as academic articles, he writes in the media (including The Guardian, The Times and the Huffington Post) on topics related to religion and politics. From 2006-2011 he was reviews editor for the journal Political Theology. Recent work has focused on faith-based organizations, the churches involvement in social welfare provision, the treatment of refugees and fair trade and is drawn together in Christianity & Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He has been actively involved in politics as part of London Citizens, contributed to the ŒBlue Labour¹ initiative within the Labour Party, and had a role advising the Conservative-Liberal government on the relationship between community organizing and strengthening civil society. His current areas of research focus on the intersections between Christianity, grassroots democracy, responses to poverty and patterns of inter-faith relations. His forthcoming book entitled Community Organizing, Religious Plurality and Democratic Citizenship (Cambridge University Press) draws on a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project for which he was Principal Investigator (2008-2011).
The Bishop of London Richard Chartres
“At a time when fragmentation and partisanship can appear to threaten the credibility and effectiveness of our ministry, St Mellitus represents a bold step of faith and trust. We believe that as we pursue the harder path of unity in diversity, the College will prove to be an instrument of the Spirit in equipping the whole people of God to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell
“As we seek to train men and women for ministry and mission in a rapidly changing context, St Mellitus College offers the Chelmsford Diocese a flexible and inclusive approach for theological and ministerial education and formation. It is very exciting to be part of this pioneering initiative.”
The Dean Revd Dr Graham Tomlin
“St Mellitus College is a very exciting place to work. It brings together students from across the spectrum of the church to learn about and prepare for mission in the contemporary world, in a way that tries to be open to the Spirit of God and learning from each other. We have a fantastic group of students, a great staff team and it is a privilege to be part of it.”
Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, David Ford
"One of the most important experiments to have happened in British theology and church theological education for a long time. The way it is bringing together academy and church, including church at the grass roots - that collaboration is just full of potential for the future and I feel everyone should watch this space. What it can do is something that really no other theological institution in the country can achieve at the moment."