M.A., D.Phil., Dip Theol. (Oxon)

Academic Background

I read Modern History at Keble from 1968 to 1971, spent the next three years working on a D.Phil. in English ecclesiastical history between 1689 and 1716, and then proceeded to complete the Oxford Dip. Theol., and ordination training at Cuddesdon, before being made deacon in 1977 and priest in 1978. I spent the next forty years working very happily as a parish priest in the Diocese of Manchester, the last nineteen of them as Rector of Bury, before retiring and coming to live in Littlemore in 2017. It is wonderful to have all the riches of the Bodleian - especially the uniquely splendid manuscript collections which touch my special academic interests - just half an hour from my front door. I am still engaged in academic research, though very happy to have had it interrupted a little by the call to act as Interim Chaplain here at Jesus, following Megan Daffern's move.

Undergraduate Teaching

During the last six of my years in Oxford, I did a fair amount of undergraduate teaching, mainly at Keble and Christ Church. One of my daughters took her first degree at Keble in 2006, so it has been interesting to chart some of the changes in Oxford life over the years.


I am married to Christa, and we have two daughters, one son, and (to date) three granddaughters. Our son is to be married in August. I have inherited Megan's Office (XIV.2), as well as the Chaplain's email, and am very happy to be available to anyone, of any Faith or none, who feels the need of a friendly ear. We try to make the Chapel available for quiet space, as well as for regular worship, and a variety of exhibitions and concerts, and events that enlarge our minds and spirits; I hope that many members of the College will make good use of it.