Prof Linda Woodhead

Modern Church is very pleased to announce that Professor Linda Woodhead has accepted their invitation to become the President of Modern Church in succession to Professor John Barton.

Professor Linda Woodhead MBE MA DD is Professor in the Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the University of Lancaster. Her work explores the relationship between religious and social change worldwide and she is particularly interested in change from the 1980’s to the present.

She is particularly well known for co-founding the Westminster Faith Debates and has published widely, including:

  • Everyday Lived Islam in Europe(2013)
  • Religion and Change in Modern Britain (2012)
  • A Sociology of Religious Emotion(2011)
  • The Spiritual Revolution (2005), and
  • A Very Short Introduction to Christianity (2004).

Modern Church is the main proponent of liberal theology in the British churches and publishes the quarterly journal Modern Believing. Professor Linda Woodhead is on the editorial board of this journal and guest-edited this January’s edition with a selection of articles about the Westminster Faith Debates.

Further information about Modern Church may be found on this website or by contacting its chair, Rev Jan van der Lely on 07595 270438 or emailing her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.