This prestigious position has been made possible through the generous support and funding of the McDonald Agape Foundation, reflecting their dedication to encourage distinguished scholars for Christ.
With a remarkable career as a renowned theologian, Rt Revd Rowan Williams brings a wealth of wisdom and expertise to St Mellitus College. His contributions to the field of theology and his influential voice within the church have rightly garnered international recognition, and it is wonderful that within our community we get to learn from one of the worlds leading Christian scholars.
Revd Russell Winfield, Dean: "What a tremendous privilege to welcome Bishop Rowan as McDonald Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Theology. With his remarkable academic and ecclesiastical background, his appointment enhances our commitment to fostering excellence in theological education. We are confident that his presence will serve as a profound source of inspiration for our students and faculty, furthering our passion for intellectual exploration and spiritual growth.”
Serving as the 104th bishop of the See of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012, Bishop Rowan played a pivotal role in the history of the Church of England. Following this, he assumed the position of the 35th Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. He holds the title of Honorary Professor of Contemporary Christian Thought at the University of Cambridge.
During his tenure as the McDonald Professor of Christian Theology at St Mellitus College from 2016 to 2020, he made significant contributions to theological education, inspiring students and fellow academics. His exceptional scholarship extends beyond theology, as he is also a talented poet and translator of poetry. His published works cover a diverse range of subjects, including comprehensive studies on Arius, Teresa of Avila, and Sergii Bulgakov. Dr. Williams's writings span various fields, from philosophy and spirituality to ethics, and social issues, and his notable expertise in early and patristic Christianity. Furthermore, he actively engages with contemporary cultural and interfaith matters.
Rt Revd Rowan Williams' appointment as the McDonald Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Theology at St Mellitus College reinforces his influential role in shaping theological education and fostering a deeper understanding of faith. With extensive knowledge, profound scholarship, and an esteemed international reputation, he will inspire the next generation of theologians at St Mellitus College.
Dr Sara Schumacher, Academic Dean: "We are thrilled that Bishop Rowan is joining the College faculty as our McDonald Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Theology. It will be such a privilege for our staff and students to learn from him as he imparts his wisdom, knowledge, and experience."