Visiting Lecturers

St Mellitus College's Visiting Lecturers are senior academics who teach on a regular basis in the college.

Professor Richard Bauckham

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 retired early 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. website

Dr Paula Gooder

Dr Paula Gooder is is a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. After studying in Oxford, she spent 12 years in theological education (first at Ripon College Cuddesdon and then at the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, before making the move to freelance work. Her publications include Searching for Meaning: An Introduction to Interpreting the New Testament (SPCK, 2008), The Meaning is the Waiting: The Spirit of Advent (Canterbury Press, 2008), LentWise: Spiritual Essentials for RealLife (CHP, 2008). Her passion is to ignite people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way. She works full-time for the Church of England as the Director of Mission Learning and Development in the Birmingham Diocese. She is Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral and a Reader in the Birmingham Diocese. She is also a member of General Synod, the Archbishop's Faith and Order Advisory Group, the Women Bishop's Legislative Drafting Group and the Ministry Division's Quality in Formation. She lives in Birmingham with her husband Peter and two daughters Susie and Ruth.

Professor Tom Greggs

Professor Tom Greggs is one of the youngest Professors of Theology in the UK and is holds the Marischal Chair of Divinity (the oldest separated Divinity chair established in 1616) at Aberdeen University and is a founding co-director of the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology. He previously held a chair in Historical and Doctrinal Theology, and until 2011 was Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Chester.  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. His books include Theology against Religion (T&T Clark, 2011), and Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation (Oxford University Press, 2009). A Methodist preacher, Tom serves the church locally and nationally, and is committed to relating church and academy. Tom serves on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, having been elected in 2015, and on the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church. He is currently involved in a theological review of the Crown Nominations Commission as the only non-Anglican member. e is married to Heather and lives in rural Aberdeenshire.

Pete Greig

Pete Greig is a best-selling author, pastor and instigator of the 24-7 Prayer movement, an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice which has reached more than half the nations on earth. He is the Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd, Guildford, England and an Ambassador for the NGO Tearfund. For 7 years Pete served with the senior leadership team at HTB and Alpha International. He studied Theology and Sociology at the University of Greenwich and became a keyworker for adults with profound Learning Disabilities. Pete and his wife Sammy later planted two churches focused on the emerging culture before 'accidentally' starting the 24-7 prayer movement. Pete's publications include 'Red Moon Rising', 'God on Mute', ‘The Prayer Course’, and 'Dirty Glory'. 

Revd Dr Bob Mayo

Revd Dr Bob May is a fifteen-year youth worker, ten-year youth work trainer and vicar in west London. He is the QPR Club Chaplain and a Director of a community interest company in Cornwall, which offers local young people surfing as a form of social education. His doctoral studies looked at the overlap between theology and informal education. This helped to establish informal education as lying at the heart of the youth worker’s vocation and practice. He was previously Director of the Cambridge Centre of Youth Ministry. His publications include 'Gospel Exploded' (SPCK, 1996), 'Ambiguous Evangelism' (SPCK, 2004) and 'Divorce - A challenge to the Church' (BRF, 2008) and The Parish handbook (SMC Press, 2016). He also regularly contributes to the Church of England Newspaper.

Revd Professor Alister McGrath

Revd Professor Alister McGrath is one of the most published and well-known theologians in the world today. He comes from Belfast, 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, Professor of Theology, Education and Ministry at King's College London and is now the Andreas Idreos Professors in Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. In addition to his work at Oxford, McGrath is Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and serves as associate priest in a group of Church of England village parishes in the Cotswolds. 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'. 


Tim Sudworth has been working as a leader in the Anglican Church for nearly 20 years, in areas of youth, children and mission covering most of the country, the last six of those years as a Vicar. He has an MA in Theological Education with a particular interest in preaching, mission and leadership. He has spoken and trained on leadership and mission in such far flung places as America, Australia and New Zealand. He has co-authored several books on prayer and mission and enjoys all avenues of learning.  In his spare time he is ta husband, father of four children, owner of a dog and plays rugby for Egham and Surrey, occasionally.


Rt Revd Ric Thorpe has been Bishop of Islington since September 2015. Before being appointed to Islington, Bishop Ric was the Bishop of London’s Adviser for Church Planting. He has worked in various roles including assistant to the evangelist, J John, Marketing Manager with Unilever, worship leader and curate at Holy Trinity Brompton and led a church plant to St Paul’s Shadwell in London’s East End in 2005. The role of Bishop of Islington – a revived post that had been vacant since 1923 – is to support London’s Church growth strategy as part of Capital Vision 2020, which sets a target of creating 100 new worshipping communities within the Diocese by 2020. As such, Bishop Ric is free from territorial responsibilities and focuses on supporting newly established worshipping communities both within London and at a national level, serving as a resource for the whole Church of England. He is supported by The Centre for Church Planting and Growth based at St Edmund the King in London, which helps to run church planting training courses and church growth learning communities, equip church planters through individual consultations, and develop resources for the wider church. He studied Chemical Engineering at Birmingham and Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Ric is married to Louie and they have three children, Zoe, Barny and Toby, and a dog called Tasha.

Revd Professor Keith Ward

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'.