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Dean, Christ Church, University of Oxford

The Very Revd. Professor Martyn Percy, BA M.Ed PhD is the 45th Dean of Christ Church. Educated at the Universities of Bristol, Durham, London (King’s) and Sheffield, he trained for ordination after a career in publishing, serving as curate of St. Andrew’s Bedford from 1990-94. He was Chaplain and Director of Theology and Religious Studies, at Christ’s College, Cambridge from 1994-97, and from 1997-2004, Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute for the Study of Religion and Society. He has also served as an Honorary Curate of Millhouses, Canon Theologian of Sheffield Cathedral, and as an Honorary Canon of Salisbury.

In 2004 he was appointed as Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Over the last ten years, the College has developed to become one of the largest Anglican ordination training centres in the country. Martyn is a member of the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University, Professor of Theological Education at King’s College London and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London.

Martyn has undertaken a number of roles in public life, serving as a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). He is currently a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority as well as an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification. He is also Patron of St. Francis’ Children’s Society – an Adoption and Fostering Agency.

Martyn writes and teaches on modern ecclesiology. His recent books include Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion (Ashgate) and Thirty-Nine New Articles: An Anglican Landscape of Faith (Canterbury Press). Martyn is married to the Revd. Dr. Emma Percy, Chaplain and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. They have two sons, Benjamin and Joseph; and an over-friendly bearded collie, Pippa.


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    Dean , University of Oxford