The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy
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The Dean

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy (BA, MA, M.Ed, PhD) is the 45th Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. The Dean presides over the both College and Cathedral, as well as the Choir School, with its world-class cathedral choir.  

Educated at the universities of Bristol, Durham, London and Sheffield, Martyn trained for ordination after a career in publishing, serving a curacy in Bedford (1990-94), as Chaplain and Director of Studies at Christ’s College, Cambridge (1994-97) and then Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute (1997-2004).  From 2004 he was Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford. He has served as Canon Theologian at Sheffield Cathedral, and is a Canon Emeritus of Salisbury Cathedral.

Martyn is a member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford, and also tutors in the Social Sciences Division and the Said Business School. He is Professor of Theological Education at King’s College London, a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College (University of London) and Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Values, University of Winchester, and for the Centre of Theologically-Engaged Anthropology, University of Georgia.

Martyn has held 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 has served as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority, and is currently an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification. He is Patron of St. Francis’ Children’s Society (an Adoption and Fostering Agency), Trustee of the Grubb Institute and the Li Tim-Oi Foundation, and a Vice-President of Modern Church.

Martyn writes and teaches in two interrelated arenas: contemporary ecclesiology (specialising in Anglicanism, fundamentalism and new Christian movements); complemented, in turn, by writing on practical, pastoral and contextual theology, with significant work on Christianity and contemporary culture. His recent books include Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment, Communion (Routledge), Thirty-Nine New Articles: An Anglican Landscape of Faith (Canterbury Press) and The Futures of Anglicanism: Contours, Currents, Charts (Routledge) and the Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies (OUP, edited). His devotional writings include Darkness Yielding, The Bright Field and Untamed Gospel (all Canterbury Press). His work is now the subject of a book, Reasonable Radical?: Engaging with the Writings of Martyn Percy (Pickwick Publications/Wipf & Stock, 2018; Ed. Ian Markham).

The Dean has curious distinction of being the only living theologian to feature in Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code. Martyn is married to the theologian the Revd Canon Dr Emma Percy, Chaplain and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. They have two adult sons.