We're delighted to hear that Modern Church vice president Martyn Percy is to be reinstated as Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

A statement has been posted on the website of Christ Church announcing his reinstatement following a tribunal hearing in June:

As required by Christ Church’s Statutes, an internal tribunal was convened to consider a complaint raised against the Dean in September 2018. Following a thorough investigation, the tribunal has decided that the charges are not upheld and that there is no cause to remove the Dean as Head of House. However, the tribunal made some criticism of the Dean’s conduct and found that there was one breach of his fiduciary duty.

We can therefore announce that Martyn Percy will resume his duties as Dean of Christ Church, on his return from holiday on 27th August. The complaint process has now concluded.


Steven Croft, the bishop of Oxford, said in a  statemet: “I am delighted to learn that this matter is now resolved. I look forward to seeing Martyn return to the cathedral and his duties as dean of Christ Church.

“This news will be widely welcomed across the diocese of Oxford. These have been testing times for all involved, and my prayers are with Martyn and [his wife] Emma, the chapter and wider college in the coming months.”

For the background to the case, read Linda Woodhead's interview with Gillian Evans.