John Barton

Revd Professor John Barton is Emeritus Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow of Campion Hall, Oxford. He is a  former President of Modern Church. His most recent book is A History of the Bible: The Book and its Faiths (Allen Lane, 2019), which was a Sunday Times book of the year and won the Duff Cooper Prize for non-fiction for 2019.


Prof. Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is vice-principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University. He is also assistant curate in Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath and a clergy representative for General Synod. His many books include Anglican Theology (T & T Clark, 2012) and Doing God: Religion and Public Policy in Brown’s Britain (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2008).


Dr. Susannah Cornwall

Susannah Cornwall is Advanced Research Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter. Her research focuses on contextual theologies, particularly those relating to sex, gender and sexuality. She also has interests in disability, homelessness, contextual Bible study, postcolonial theologies, queer theologies, and theologies of art.


Duncan Dormor

The Revd Duncan J. Dormor is President and Dean of Chapel at St John’s College, Cambridge where he teaches sociology of religion in the University. He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, its Mission and Public Affairs Council and the Anglican-Roman Catholic committee, and has written primarily in the area of sexual ethics.


Prof. Leslie J Francis

Revd Canon Professor Leslie J. Francis is Professor of Religions and Education and Director of the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick, and Canon Treasurer and Canon Theologian at Bangor Cathedral. He holds visiting chairs at York St John University and Glyndwr University. His research interests are in religious education, practical, pastoral and empirical theology, and the psychology of religion.


Paul Freston

Paul Freston is a sociologist of religion. A naturalized Brazilian of British origin, most of his research has been in the area of Latin American religion. He currently holds the CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and is professor of sociology on the post-graduate programme in sociology at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil.


Prof. Elaine Graham

Elaine Graham is the President of Modern Church. She is the Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical
Theology at the University of Chester.


Prof. Thomas Hughson

Revd D. Thomas Hughson SJ is Associate Professor Emeritus of Theology at Marquette University. He specializes in the social context of Catholic systematic theology.


Prof. Diarmaid MacCulloch

Diarmaid MacCulloch, DD, FBA, is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, TV presenter and author. His History of Christianity: the first three thousand years won the 2010 Cundill Prize, the world’s largest prize for history. He was knighted in the New Year’s Honours List of 2012.


Prof. Martyn Percy

Revd Canon Professor Martyn Percy is Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.


Stephen Pickard

Rt Revd Dr Stephen Pickard is Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn, and Associate Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has spent two decades in theological education teaching systematics and ecclesiology. He is the author of Seeking the Church: An Introduction to Ecclesiology (SCM 2012) and Deputy Chair of the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order.


Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

The Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes is Rector of the Team Parish of St Luke in the City in the Diocese of Liverpool. Formerly she was Vicar of Belmont & Pittington in the Diocese of Durham. She is an Honorary Fellow of Durham University where she was previously Chaplain & Solway Fellow. A historian before ordination, her academic interests lie in the history of theology and the social, economic and cultural history of religion. She also has an interest in feminist theology and issues surrounding the ordination of women.


Prof. Keith Ward

Keith Ward is at present Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and before that Dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Canon and Emeritus Student of Christ Church, Oxford. He has written a number of books, including a five-volume Comparative Theology (each volume entitled ‘Religion and…’), and books on philosophy, ethics, and issues in science and religion.


Linda Woodhead

Linda Woodhead, MBE, is Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Religion at Lancaster University and a former President of Modern Church.