The Wycliffite




W Y C L I F F E H A L L N E W S L E T T E R • I S S U E N O 1


Reviewing the

successes of our year





Wycliffe Hall’s

Development Office


New titles from

college members





Wycliffe says farewell to…

Simon Vibert 4

and welcomes…

Greg Downes 4

Mixed Mode Training 5

Wycliffe welcomed many speakers and preachers throughout 2016/17.

Amongst our many who joined us to speak were:


Sporting Success 6

Exam Success 8



Tiffany Ewins Jonathan Fletcher Lis Goddard


Wycliffe’s Development Office





J John

Amy Orr-Ewing

Mike Pilavachi Simon Ponsonby Rico Tice

Rachel Treweek

Tanya Walker




Welcome to the first edition

of The Wycliffite – an annual

digest of news about what’s

going on at Wycliffe, and in

the lives and ministries of

those who trained here. It’s

been wonderful to be able to

welcome many of you back

to your old college for two

recent reunions – it is deeply

humbling and encouraging to

meet people who have gone

out from here to live lives of

faithful and fruitful ministry.

As one wag put it, ‘college

reunions are where other

alumni are so old that they

don’t recognise you!’

Jonathan Kirkpatrick

Wycliffe is in good heart. As you will see, we are currently celebrating some impressive

exam results. Ministry involves much more than the mind, and Wycliffe is about much

more than just academic learning. But Jesus did call us to love God with all our mind,

and our position as a Permanent Private Hall of the University gives us the responsibility,

I believe, to make a case for the Christian Faith at the highest and most rigorous level. As

Thomas Traherne put it, ‘To think well is to serve God in the Interior Court’. And, as we are

not dualists, we have also been celebrating the sporting success of many of our students.

Time and motion wait for no one, as the late, great Reggie Perrin said, and sadly we have

been saying Goodbye to a number of wonderful colleagues, such as Simon Vibert, our Vice-

Principal, who has been inspiring our students to preach and to lead well, for over a decade.

He will be very much missed. Conversely, we have made some fabulous new appointments

recently, who have enriched our life together and the training we are able to offer.

Llantwit Major

This year, I visited the little Welsh village of Llantwit Major, which is the site of this

country’s first theological college. It was founded towards the end of the fourth century

and continued until it was destroyed by the Vikings in 987. Its alumni list is rather

impressive: St Patrick, St David, Gildas the historian and Taliesin the bard – people who

were used by God to transform these islands with the gospel. It is my passion and my

prayer that Wycliffe’s old members may have a similar impact in our generation, for we

have the same task to undertake again.

I hope you enjoy this first edition of The Wycliffite, and I look forward to seeing you at

a future reunion.

With my best wishes and prayers,


Revd Dr Michael Lloyd




Vice-Principal Simon Vibe

bids farewell to Wycliffe

New Director

of Ministerial


Wycliffe Hall is delighted to

announce the appointment

of the Revd Greg Downes as

Director of Ministerial Training.

The Revd Dr Simon Vibert, Vice Principal and Director of the

School of Preaching left Wycliffe in autumn 2017 to become

Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water.

Simon writes, ‘After ten years at Wycliffe

Hall the time came to move on. I accepted

the post as Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia

Water, starting last autumn.

We have been impressed with the

faithful work in the parish over many

decades. The congregation has quite an

international flavour, partly because of its

close proximity to Heathrow Airport and

being nestled between the M3, M4 and

M25 motorways. The famous Wentwoth

golf course is in the parish and some

impressive gated communities. But, like

any parish, there is quite a mix of people

and this is reflected in the congregation.

They were looking for a leader, a preacher,

a pastor, and someone who will bring

strategic direction to the Church.

This is a challenge which Carrie and

I relish, and, under God, we look

optimistically and in humility to the future.

Leaving Wycliffe Hall was a mixture of

sadness and joy. We will miss great

colleagues, the strategical ministry and

location of the Hall, and an important

interface between academic theology and

ministry and mission, to name but a few.

But we were ready for this next stage in

life and ministry. Please be assured of our

prayers for Wycliffe Hall’s future, and our

ongoing support and friendship.’

Principal Michael Lloyd said in response,

‘Simon made a vast contribution to the life

of the Hall and the ministerial formation

of students. We so appreciate the huge

amount that he has done for Wycliffe, his

integrity, godliness, passion – and simply

how much fun it has been working with

him. He goes to his new ministry with our

thanks, with our prayers and with our love.’

Greg was formerly Theologian and

Missioner at St Michael le Belfrey in York.

He has been a lecturer at the London

School of Theology and, more recently,

St Hild College, and is a member of the

Archbishop’s College of Evangelists. He

has ministered on five continents, been a

school teacher, prison & university chaplain

and stood for election as an MP. He is

married to Tamie, a GP, with two young

daughters, Anastasia & Trinity.

Greg says ,“Having trained at Wycliffe Hall

over two decades ago, I am greatly looking

forward to having the privilege of heading

up the provision of ministerial training

there. If we are to see the re-evangelisation

of this land we need a new breed of

missional leaders with minds transformed

and hearts on fire and I’m excited to join

an outstanding faculty, and play my part in

helping this become a reality”

Principal, Michael Lloyd, says: ‘I am very

excited by this appointment. Greg’s

experience and expertise will help Wycliffe

to fulfil its Mission Aim to train lifelong

disciple-makers – which is simply what is

needed if we are to be faithful to the Great

Commission, and if the church is to grow

and flourish in the twenty-first century. We

look forward enormously to having Greg and

Tamie as part of the Wycliffe community.’


Wycliffe announces increased

focus on Mixed Mode Training

We are delighted to announce an

increased focus on Mixed Mode training

within the Hall as part of its commitment

to the Church of England’s Reform and

Renewal agenda. We believe we are

offering a genuinely unique training

pathway. It offers students a truly

integrated and stimulating preparation

for ministry with excellent teaching and

formation at a college where the teachers

are part of Oxford University’s world-class

Faculty of Theology and Religion, the

chance to be at the heart of a worshipping

community preparing for gospel ministry

and a compelling missional context in

which to put theological learning into

operation, right from the start.

We are particularly excited about this

development because our Mixed Mode

pathway allows students to be in the Hall

two days a week. This means they are fully

part of the community and participate in

our daily acts of worship as well as the

teaching. In addition, they are an integral

part of our Fellowship Groups, which meet

to pray together, read the Bible together,

laugh together and grow together.

As Mixed Mode becomes more and more a

part of our central focus, we have appointed

two ordained staff to focus on this pathway.

Revd Dr Jenni Williams (below) is our

Old Testament Tutor but also an NSM in a

rural parish. Jenni’s entire working life is

done Mixed Mode, which is why she feels

so passionate about this pathway. Jenni

will be the Mixed Mode Course Director and

look after the Mixed Mode experience in

the Hall. Revd Jon Williams is Vicar in that

same rural parish, with huge experience as

a vocations adviser and in pastoral care.

Jon will be the Context Supervisor and

look after students in their contexts, as well

as making links with context churches.

Wycliffe Hall is looking forward to

partnering with churches and dioceses

to build a training pathway which

is encouraging, wide-ranging and

challenging, as together we look to grow

the gospel ministers of the future.

If you are interested in Mixed Mode

training, either as an ordinand or as a

potential context, or if you are a DDO and

want to know more, do get in touch.




For many Wycliffe

students, games

and sport are only

a part, albeit a very

important part,

of the myriad of

activities that form

the building blocks

of their student life.

However for some

sporting students,

skill, dedication

and the ambition

to succeed have

taken them to on

achieve great results

during their time

at the Hall.



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(WH 2017)

Philip Nightingale is a Church of England

Ordinand from Surrey, studying for a BA

in Theology and entering into his 3rd

year at Wycliffe.

Since representing Oxford University as

the No1 Squash player, Philip has had

many successes including representing

England and Great Britain at University

Level. He is a PSA finalist, Cambridge Open

and British Open Finalist O35.

Philip says, “I was recommended to

Wycliffe by clergy friends and applied

through my diocese after passing my BAP.

My curacy will commence in summer 2018.

During my time at Wycliffe I have become

Oxford University No. 1 in squash. I have

achieved two full blues, two varsity

victories, and secured a top 4th finish in

the UK Universities premiere division.

Playing squash has helped to give me a

level of balance amidst the busyness of

the 2 year BA.”

I have the hea of an evangelist

and what better way to do

it than to take the once in a

life time oppounity to be a

pa of a varsity team? I will

remember this for the rest of

my life.

Dominic shall shortly be going into his

third and final year at Wycliffe. He has

played football for the Oxford Blues for the

last two years.

“I came to Wycliffe as an independent

student to do my undergraduate degree

after being heavily involved in the youth at

my church in Nottingham.

After Wycliffe, I plan on studying for my

Masters in East Asian studies with a focus

on Korea. I am passionate about the

people of Korea after visiting there the

year before coming to Wycliffe. I long to

see a peaceful reunion on the peninsula.

I have been lucky enough to have

played in two varsity matches against

Cambridge winning both and getting two

blues. Alongside that we have had the

opportunity of going on tours around the

world, from California to Beijing. I have

thoroughly enjoyed my time playing

football and my experience of Oxford

would not be the same without it.”

George is currently curate of Christ Church

in Winchester. During his time at Wycliffe,

he was Men’s Captain and President of the

Boat Club at The Queen’s College, Oxford.

George writes, “I had always wanted to

study at Oxford and used to watch the

boat race on television with a hope of

one day competing myself. Naturally,

when I heard that there was an Oxford

theological college to train at for

ordination, it was the one that grabbed

my attention the most. I have just been

ordained into the Church of England and

my passion is to work as an evangelist in

the church by church planting.

I spent a great deal of my time rowing

whilst at Wycliffe. This was first at The

Queen’s College where I was Men’s captain

and President. In 2015 and 2017 our boat

went on to win blades, making it the most

successful boat in 20 years. In my third

year I thought I’d give the lightweight boat

race a try with the Oxford team where I

competed in the varsity boat in 2017. I had

to lose 20kgs in order to make the boat

whilst retaining my fitness and strength. I

was not overweight before...

My involvement in sport at Wycliffe was my

best experience. I could not recommend it

enough. The friends I made in the different

crews from outside Wycliffe were some of

my best, and the opportunity to engage

in ministry with them is something that

shouldn’t be missed.

I have the heart of an evangelist and what

better way to do it than to take the once

in a life time opportunity to be a part of a

varsity team? I will remember this for the

rest of my life. Plus, I have three blades on

my wall to remind me.”



Outstanding First Class Degree Results for Wycliffe Students

By Katy Routh, Senior Tutor

Every year, Wycliffe welcomes a small cohort of students studying for Oxford University’s

BA in Theology and Religion, either independently or as part of their training for ordination.

This is an exceptionally challenging

pathway, both intellectually and

formationally, as we expect students to

balance heavy academic commitments

with preaching, leading chapel services,

and going on missions. As full student

members of Oxford University, they are

exposed to a wide range of challenging

theological thought, doubts, and

debates: ideal preparation for the ‘post-

Christian’ contexts in which many of them

will be working. The Hall has a proud

history of producing some of Oxford

University’s best theology students, but

our finalists this year were outstanding

even in that context. Over 70% of

students achieved first-class degrees,

and one student produced the second

best results in the entire University. Our

congratulations to them all!

The Oxford BA has been

challenging and it has strengthened

my confidence in the absolute

truthfulness of God’s word in the

Bible, which is well able to withstand

any and every intellectual challenge.

Ben Wilkinson (current student)


If you know someone who might

benefit from studying for the Oxford

BA at Wycliffe Hall, whether they

are considering ordination or not,

do encourage them to get in touch

with us to discuss the course and

application process in more detail.

Dick (Richard) Drown

(WH 1942)

School in Turi. In 1974, they returned

to the UK and Dick took a job at New

Milton’s Edinburgh House School, now

Ballard School. During his 11 years

there Dick was known for his capable,

calm and gentle leadership.

On his retirement he moved to

Brockenhurst, Hampshire with the

intention of taking things more slowly

but soon became busy supporting

the vicar, and continued to lead a very

full life supporting his community,

bringing care and prayer into

parishioners’ homes.

In May, our Alumni Office received

a response to the Pre-1970s reunion

invitation from our oldest living

alumnus, Dick Drown (WH 1942).

Dick wrote to explain that he was

unable to attend the reunion due to

moving to Kenya in June, to live with

his family out in Nanyuki. At the age of

98, Richard has only recently retired

from his duties as parish minister.

The church was full for Dick’s farewell

service which was held in May. We pray

for Dick as he settles in to his new life

and send him our very best wishes.

In 1946 with his new wife Gwyneth,

Dick left to take up the post of chaplain

at King’s College Budo in Uganda.

The couple were part of this

prestigious school for 19 years before

moving to Kenya where Dick took on

the role of headmaster of St Andrew’s





Wycliffe Hall is keen to keep

abreast of published alumni

writing and books about

alumni. Here are publishers'

descriptions of books

received by the Alumni

Office in the last year.

Capturing God

by Rico Tice (WH 1994)

The Good Book, 2017

Imagine being offered one photograph that

captured the essence of God – an image that

revealed everything you need to know about

everything that matters. And imagine if this

picture of God would shock you... shake you...

and change you forever. Would you look at it?

Rico Tice takes readers to the cross in all its

shock, inviting them to see God as they have

never seen him before. Readers will see that

the God captured in Luke’s Gospel is a God of

integrity, welcome, justice and peace.

Rediscovering the

Holy Spirit:

God’s Peecting Presence in Creation,

Redemption, and Everyday Life

by Michael Horton (WH 1989)

Zondervan, 2017

For the Spirit, being somewhat forgotten

is an occupational hazard. The Holy Spirit

is so actively involved in our lives that we

can take his presence for granted. As they

say, familiarity breeds contempt. Just as we

take breathing for granted, we can take the

Holy Spirit for granted simply because we

constantly depend on him. Like the cane that

soon feels like an extension of the blind man’s

own body, we too easily begin to think of the

Holy Spirit as an extension of ourselves.

Yet the Spirit is at the center of the action

in the divine drama from Genesis 1:2 all the

way to Revelation 22:17. The Spirit’s work

is as essential as the Father’s and the Son’s,

yet the Spirit’s work is always directed to the

person and work of Christ. In fact, the efficacy

of the Holy Spirit’s mission is measured by

the extent to which we are focused on Christ.

The Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who

brings the work of the Father, in the Son, to

completion. In everything that the Triune God

performs, this perfecting work is characteristic

of the Spirit.

In Rediscovering the Holy Spirit, author,

pastor, and theologian Mike Horton

introduces readers to the neglected person of

the Holy Spirit, showing that the work of God’s

Spirit is far more ordinary and common than

we realize. Horton argues that we need to

take a step back every now and again to focus

on the Spirit himself—his person and work—

in order to recognize him as someone other

than Jesus or ourselves, much less something

in creation. Through this contemplation we

can gain a fresh dependence on the Holy

Spirit in every area of our lives.

Church in Life:

Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology

by Michael Moynagh

(Wycliffe Hall Associate Tutor for

Ordained Pioneer Ministry)

SCM Press 2018

Since its publication, Church for Every

Context has made a significant impact in

our understanding of the theology and

methodology of Fresh Expressions. In this

follow-up, Michael Moynagh develops a model

of emergent innovation that combines insights

from both complexity and entrepreneurship

theories. Taking account of the significant

developments in practice and thinking around

the emerging church, Church in Life will quickly

establish itself as a key text for all interested

in pioneer ministry, fresh expressions, church

planting, church growth and ecclesiology.

Talk About Dying:

Help in Facing Death and Dying

by Philip Giddings

(Hall Council member)

Martin Down, Elaine Sugden, Gareth Tuckwell

Wilberforce Publications 2016

The four authors of Talking About Dying bring

a depth of wisdom from their broad personal,

pastoral and medical experience to shed light

upon this hugely important subject. The book

offers practical and spiritual guidance to those

facing the death of a loved one, or their own

terminal illness. It will help people to address

the many difficult issues that arise in a wide

range of situations which are discussed with

understanding and compassion.

The Contemplative Minister

Learning to Lead from the Still Centre

by Ian Cowley (WH 1978)

The Bible Reading Fellowship, Reprint 2016

There was a time where Christian ministry

offered the opportunity to spend your life

in the study of God’s word, in reading and

reflection, in prayer and sermon preparation,

and in the quiet and faithful pastoral care of a

community. The world has changed, and with

it most of the expectations that govern church

appointments. These days there are very few

jobs in full time ministry which do not require

a heroic combination of stamina, multi-tasking

and change management. This book gives

practical advice on how to nurture faith and

a sense of calling amid the hectic life that is

ministry today. Drawing on his experience of

developing and leading training programmes

in this area, Ian Cowley assesses the stresses

and pressures of the job and shows how to

grow into being a ‘contemplative minister’,

prioritising a relationship of deepening love

with God. He also offers guidance on leading

others into that same relationship, without

your own spiritual life running dry.

Engaging Bonhoeffer:

The Impact and Influence of

Bonhoeffer’s Life and Thought

edited by Matthew D Kirkpatrick

(WH Tutor in Ethics & Doctrine, Tutor for

Graduates & Tutor for Visiting Students)

Fortress Press 2016

Engaging Bonhoeffer documents the

extraordinary impact of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s

life and writing on later thought. Despite his

lasting legacy, little substantial scholarship has

been conducted in this area. In this magisterial

collection, leading international scholars fill

this striking gap and critically demonstrate the

ways in which Bonhoeffer has been one of the

most original, inspirational, and provocative

writers of the twentieth century.

Bonhoeffer’s work has proved

foundational for a wide variety of thinkers

and movements across such areas as

ecclesiology, Christology, spirituality,

ethics, hermeneutics, phenomenology,

epistemology, and systematic theology

more generally. Whether one considers his

writings to have been faithfully interpreted,

critically adopted or justifiably rejected,

Engaging Bonhoeffer describes those who

have engaged with Bonhoeffer’s work, been

inspired by his actions, and found a way to

express and explain their own ideas through

interacting with his life and thought. In

addition to shedding light on the different

theological trajectories that Bonhoeffer’s

work may forge, this challenging volume

offers a critical window through which to

view and appreciate the ideas of many

leading voices of modern theology.

Bishop J. C. Ryle’s

Autobiography: The Early Years

J. C. Ryle, edited by Andrew Atherstone

(Wycliffe Hall Tutor in History and

Doctrine, Latimer Fellow)

Banner of Truth, 2016

John Charles Ryle (1816-1900), first Bishop

of Liverpool, was one of the most influential

evangelical clergymen of the nineteenth

century. A popular platform speaker and

prolific tract writer, his books are still widely

read across the globe. Edited by Andrew

Atherstone, this critical edition of Ryle’s

manuscript autobiography, dictated in 1873,

is a rich and unparalleled account of the early

decades of his life and ministry. He recalls his

youthful pursuit of academic plaudits and

sporting prowess at Eton College and Oxford

University, before his evangelical conversion

at the age of 21. He tells of the devastating

collapse of the family bank and the enforced


sale of their Cheshire estates, which ended his

ambitions to enter parliament. Ryle describes

his exploits as a young clergyman, his loves

and losses, his evangelical networks, and the

deaths of his first two wives. He offers a frank

assessment of his joys and struggles, and the

reasons behind his crucial life choices.

The Ultimate Three Minutes

William Cummings (WH 1961)

Sussex Academic Press 2015

The Ultimate Three Minutes is a statement

of Christian theology in terms of Salvation

History, introducing the functions of

Abraham, Moses, Second Isaiah and the

Psalms; and placing in historical context

the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus

Christ–his uniqueness, the formation of the

Gospels, and the Eucharist as the identifying

thread which binds the redemptive or

salvation process into a coherent whole and

vivifies the Christian hope. This presentation

of basic Christian Gospel theology is carried

within a simplistic account of the history of

the Ancient World, written in the style of a

continuous narrative, with digressions into

special topics such as the Psalms, Augustus

and Providence, the Sixth Chapter of St

Johns Gospel, and the Northern Frontier. It

also features a parable drawn from modern

science. The title of the book borrows from

two distinguished scientists. In The First

Three Minutes, Steven Weinberg describes

the developments of the first three minutes

of the universe, following the explosion of

the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. In The

Last Three Minutes, Paul Davies describes the

final subsidence of the universe into entropy

and heat death. The Ultimate Three Minutes:

The Story of Two Great Human Watersheds–

Their Preparation and Their Coinciding

provides a humanitarian parallel. The title

embodies a value judgement, namely the

need of the human race for redemption,

and the achievement of that redemption by

Jesus Christ, the Anointed Saviour, on his

Cross. The Ultimate Three Minutes is the final

three minutes before Jesus Christ expelled

his final breath, when the suffering and the

cost of the redemption of mankind was at its

most heavy and precarious.




by Andy Butterwoh, Wycliffe Hall Bursar

No. 2 Norham Gardens was built on land

owned by St John’s College in the late

1860s. It was acquired by the trustees of

Wycliffe Hall in December 1930 as a house

for Wycliffe’s Principals who continued to

live there until the early 1990s, when Rev

Dick France moved into a new purpose-built

house next door. This enabled a two- storey

rear extension (previously used as garages)

to be demolished and rebuilt in 1995,

after which the house became home to 13

residential students.

At that time, hand basins were introduced to

all the bedrooms – presumably the height

of luxury for 1990s students! However, very

little investment has gone into the building

in the subsequent two decades, so now

Wycliffe Hall has embarked on a program

of refurbishment. Each student room has

gained its own ensuite bathroom facilities

(one of which is fully accessible to someone

in a wheelchair) and the building has been

re-carpeted, redecorated and renewed,

including a new central heating system. We

trust that the next generation of students

will enjoy occupying these large rooms while

they train at Wycliffe Hall.

We trust that the next generation

of students will enjoy occupying

these large and comfoable rooms

while they train at Wycliffe Hall.

The design process began last summer,

since which time architects, structural

engineers and quantity surveyors have been

supporting this project. Cooper Construction

won the tender for the construction contract:

work started on 19th April 2017 and was

completed in good time for the start of the

academic year. The total cost of this project

is £700k, including consulting fees and the

inevitable VAT, financed partly from current

operating budget surplus and partly by a

bank loan. We are planning for a comparable

project to take place in 4 Norham Gardens

during the summer of 2018, along with other

exciting developments in the next few years.



LIBRARY 1877-2017

by Chris Leftley, Librarian

The intellectual heart of any Oxford College is its Library.

To this end, Wycliffe has been an avid collector of books

and materials throughout its history, to provide students

with all they need for study.


The RetroCon Project has now been largely

completed, and all new books are added

directly to the online catalogue. This

means that they may be searched for by

author, title, subject, keyword, classmark,

etc., etc., and thus be much easier to find.

There are approximately 25,000 books in

the collection.

The incorporation of the Hall into the

Oxford University system in 1997 meant that

students now had unfettered access to the

Bodleian catalogue (now in excess of twelve

million items), and borrowing privileges

at some libraries, e.g. the Philosophy and

Theology Faculties Library, now housed in

the former Radcliffe Infirmary.


Wycliffe Hall came into being in 1877 (at

the same time as the first Wimbledon

championships), and has been collecting

books throughout most of that time.

The Wycliffe Library has long been a

cherished part of the institution, and has

moved around over the years as it outgrew

various rooms, finally arriving in Old Lodge

at the turn of the 1970s. (The first recorded

need for a larger library space was noted in

the College Minute Book of 1932).

By virtue of being principally an

undergraduate level collection, there are

no Gutenberg Bibles unfortunately, but

there are a few early editions: PARR The

Works of...Elnathan Parr (1651); GURNALL

The Christian in Complete Armour (1679);

LATIMER The Sermons of...Master Hugh

Latimer (1758), and KENNICOTT, Benjamin

Vetus Testamentum Hebraicum...(1776).

Steady collecting resulted in an everlarger

card catalogue, but the advent of

computerisation in the late 1990s meant

that a digital catalogue could be so much

more easily searched, and so the Heritage

system was purchased in 1999, and the

long process of RetroCon began (the

retrospective conversion of card records to

computerised records).

In addition to this, students acquired access

to the several hundred online databases

bought by the Bodleian, particularly ATLA

(a comprehensive database of theological

articles dating back to the 1940s).

In the last few years the Library has struggled

to find space to shelve its ever-burgeoning

collections. During summer 2017, major

works have been carried out in the Library to

resolve storage issues, with the construction

of an internal staircase connecting the upper

and lower ground floors, and the installation

of mobile shelving, effectively increasing

book storage by almost half, and enlarging

student study spaces.


The installation of purpose built mobile

shelving units will absorb book collections

previously stored in multiple locations

across the Wycliffe site. These include the

old Resources Library, many periodical

runs, and numerous older books which

have never been fully catalogued, so there

may be some exciting discoveries ahead.

The Heritage system goes from strength to

strength, and will include a smartphone

app allowing students to organize their

Library life from their pockets.

The Library is in good shape, and looking

forward to the future with confidence.



Matthew Armstrong, Development Director

In fact, Wycliffe’s vision and mission

remain very similar to those of our

founders in 1877, which were to train

Christian workers as pastors and

missionaries, and to maintain the

teaching of biblical and evangelical

theology at Oxford. Now, exactly 140

years later, we have widened our

vision, but the principle remains the

same: to see the nations transformed

by the gospel.

And the way we hope to achieve this

– our mission – is also faithful to that

of our founders: to train and renew

Christian leaders in prayer, character,

preaching and thinking, all schooled

in Bible-centred teaching. We are

committed to our belief in the Holy

Trinity, to being academically rigorous,

preparing students for both ordained

and lay ministry, through practical

action, in a transformational, warm,

vibrant Christian community.

It would be easy to stand still and to

rest on our laurels, because Wycliffe

is already a well-known evangelical

theological college. Indeed, we have

trained many renowned theologians,

As Development Director, my

role is to help develop the Wycliffe

community of current students,

alumni and friends. I share an office

with Victoria Humble-White, Alumni

& Communications Manager, which

emphasises the close relationship

that exists between development,

alumni and communications. We in the

Development Office are here to help

in any way we can – putting people

in touch with one another, answering

questions, receiving suggestions, and

creating opportunities for our alumni

and friends to reconnect with Wycliffe.

We have already introduced alumni

reunions (we have held two so far in

2017, and plan to hold them regularly);

this publication, which will be

produced every year, is another way of

reaching out to as many of our alumni

and friends as possible.

But perhaps most importantly, the

role of the Development Office is to

work towards achieving our vision

and mission. A crucial part of this it

to let people know what’s going on at

Wycliffe, and what our plans are.


both ordained and lay, over the years.

But we want to do more than continue

as we are. We want to widen our

support for all members of the Wycliffe

community: for our students, by offering

financial assistance where needed;

and for our tutors, by enabling them to

undertake the research and study that will

impact the University, and the intellectual

climate of our society, and make it more

amenable to the Gospel. Such investment

at the heart of Wycliffe will benefit our

alumni and friends, because the students

we train today will be in the leading

Christian positions of tomorrow, whether

in the pulpit or in the field.

We have purposely set our sights high.

Our aim is to become the college

of choice for evangelical Anglican

ordinands and independent students.

In other words, we want to develop.

We have exciting plans for the next ten

years, in addition to increasing support

for our students and developing our

teaching facility. We want to establish a

strong graduate centre for higher degrees

in theology, to make sure we offer the

right range of degree and non-degree

programmes, and to offer residential

Anglican ordination training alongside

mixed mode, to provide summer schools.

We want to supply lifelong learning for

our alumni and friends, to enhance

We have purposely set Wycliffe’s

vision and mission to remain very

similar to those of our founders in

1877, which were to train Christian

workers as pastors and missionaries,

and to maintain the teaching of

biblical and evangelical theology

at Oxford.

the library, improve our residential

accommodation and provide a thriving

chapel programme. And we want to cast

our recruiting net wider. The list goes on.

It’s an ambitious programme.

As to our strategy – this is where the

work of the Development Office comes

in. The initial step lies in communicating

our plans to the Wycliffe community, of

which you are an integral part. To achieve

what we want to achieve, we need to

seek financial help from sources other

than our existing ones. We have recently

launched the John Wycliffe Scholarship

Fund in the USA, which is aimed

particularly at support for students

undertaking the Certificate in Theological

Studies. And we have set up the 1877

Society to recognise our supporters who

make regular contributions to Wycliffe

Hall – the enclosed leaflet gives details of

how to become a member.

All this is part of helping Wycliffe attract

further financial support from a wider

field, so that we can pursue our vision

and mission of development.

But first, our wish is to connect with our

Wycliffe alumni and friends, both those

with whom we have already been in

contact and those with whom we may

have lost contact. The Development

Office exists for the benefit of the entire

Wycliffe community: our students, our

tutors, our alumni, our wider family of

friends, and our support staff who work

behind the scenes.

We are here to help you – and to help

develop the worldwide community

that is Wycliffe.

As we look to the future, we

continue to be excited by what

can be achieved through Wycliffe’s

special community and would like

to invite our alumni and friends to

join the 1877 Society.

See 1877 brochure for details



Pre-1970s Leavers Reunion

In June 2017 we welcomed back to Wycliffe over sixty-five alumni members

and their spouses. This unique occasion began with an opportunity for

guests to arrive, be ‘badged up’ and slowly begin to recognise one another

over a coffee and pastry.

During the morning, Michael Lloyd gave

a talk on ’Love Trumps Hate’, which was

subsequently described by Christopher

Mayfield (WH 1963) as an ‘eloquent

expression of what Christ’s love compels

people to do and to be.’

The lecture was followed by a tasty three

course lunch served by the Wycliffe catering

department, during which time two of our

guests spoke on their memories and time

studying here. At the end of the meal, a

Chapel service was held. The then Vice-

Principal Simon Vibert took the service and

reminded us all of our need to open the

door to allow Christ to live in ourselves.

Special thanks from the Wycliffe team for

all the wonderful words of support and

encouragement received after this event. We

look forward to hosting many more happy

occasions to meet and pray together.

Reunion Attendees

Jeremy Allum, ’61

David Ashburner, ’53

David Barlow, ’61

Tom Barnes, ’62

John Brown, ’67

Michael Bourdeaux, ’61

Edward Burns, ’61

John Congdon, ’55

Mary Congdon

David Cook, ’67

Tony Coulson, ’57

William Cummings, ’61

Joscelin Drummond, ’58

Susan Drummond

Judith Ewa

George Farran, ’60

Pamela Farran

Francis Graham-Brown, ’63

Frederica Graham-Brown

Kenneth Habershon, ’59

Laurence Hubbard, ’62

Wendy Hubbard

Peter Knuth, ’61

Hedda Knuth

David Lewis, ’63

Pauline Lewis

Victor Malan, ’63

Liz Malan

Ahur Mawson, ’62

Christopher Mayfield, ’63

Caroline Mayfield

Geoffrey Mills, ’61

Anne Mills

John Morgan, ’63

Marjorie Morgan

Tony Naden, ’62

Di Naden

Main Peppiatt, ’59

Mark Pickering, ’63

Sheila Pickering

David Price, ’63

Barbara Price

Philip Rees, ’64

Paul Rimmer, ’50

Joan Rimmer

Ahur Robinson, ’58

Betty Robinson

Malcolm Saunders, ’60

Sheila Saunders

Brian Shephard, ’60

Helen Shephard

Peter Southwell, ’68

Alan Stockbridge MBE, ’68

Christopher Twycross, ’64

Peter Watkins, ’59

Thank for such an enjoyable and

interesting day… and an excellent

lunch as well. Very best wishes and

prayers for all you do.

Michael Bourdeaux (WH 1961)

Just to say how very much

|Frederica and I enjoyed the

Pre-1970s leavers reunion. Every

blessing on your work.

Francis Graham-Brown (WH 1963)


Vocation Day

On Saturday 20th May Wycliffe

welcomed 40 guests to the annual

Women’s Vocations Day to seek

advice and information about

training for ministry. Bishop Rachel

Treweek and The Revd Lis Goddard

both gave morning lectures and

were available throughout the

afternoon to enable individuals to

approach them directly for advice.

Wycliffe students were on hand to chat

freely and answer practical questions about

managing family life and balancing studies.

The afternoon sessions were equally popular

and given by The Revd Tiffany-Alice Ewins

who spoke on Combining Ministry with

Parenting, and Wycliffe’s very own Chaplain,

The Revd Sue Hope, with her informal talk

on Women in Mission.

Mission Minded: Evangelism &

Church Growth Week

We praise God for the “Mission Minded: Evangelism and Church

Growth” week, which brought together both Wycliffe students

and external guests to be trained in evangelism by Wycliffe staff,

Evangelism & apologists from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and

Church Growth

other leaders such as Bishop Ric Thorpe (the “bishop for church

plants”) and Michael Green (who after publishing more than 50 books




and leading countless university missions still has unrivaled energy

and passion to share the Gospel). It was a week of thinking hard

about the toughest challenges facing the church today, but, more than that, it was a week

of asking God to turn our hearts to the lost and to make us, as a community, more faithful

and more effective in our efforts to share the grace of Jesus Christ with our friends, family

members, and colleagues, and with those we meet each day. Please join us in praying that

the impact of this week will not stay within the walls of the classroom but will create ripple

effects that will carry into eternity.




Wycliffe Hall Reunion for the

Leavers of 1970-1979

Subsequent to this event we have received

some very positive feedback from our guests:

Over 70 alumni and spouses from

1970-1979 returned to Wycliffe

Hall on Tuesday, 4th April 2017 for

a reunion lunch and a chance to

reconnect with old friends. Alumni

came from all over the country to see

the Hall again, some of them for the

first time in over 40 years.

Morning talks were given by Principal Michael

Lloyd, on Wycliffe’s Vision and Values,

followed by The Revd Alex Ross, associate

vicar at St John the Baptist, Burford,

who offered practical advice on life after

retirement. A delicious lunch was served in

the Dining Hall, during which time brief talks

were given by Ann Templeman, Hall Council

member, and also Andrew Wingfield Digby

(WH 1977). Ann gave a fascinating insight into

the role of the Council and, most amusingly,

her time as a Wycliffe wife during the 1970s.

The afternoon’s highlight was the Chapel

service of thanksgiving led by Justyn Terry,

Vice Principal and Academic Dean, with

alumnus Paul Kirby (WH 1976) preaching.

The food was fabulous and it was

good to get together with other

people seeking to serve God and

know His will.

The session on Scripture was

eye-opening and I feel much

more secure discussing the pros

of women’s ordination now! Also,

I’ve never seen so many ordained

women in one place before! That in

itself was a real boost!



We always love to hear from

our alumni. If you would like to

contribute with your news for

future issues, please send an

email to victoria.humble-white@

Sarah Bourne (WH 2015)

“You might like to know that I have started

my extended half-time placement at

Coventry cathedral this week as Cathedral

Curate with responsibility for mission

through music.

The job title is rather too lengthy to fit

on a name badge (!) but summarises what

my particular role will be: using music

as a means to work with choristers (boys

& girls choirs & their families), gaining

experience by working with the Precentor

& Canon Pastor, building links between the

cathedral & diocese in a music context, &

seeing what arises out of all this.

I am in Coventry Monday to Wednesday

& alternate Sundays, & still curate in

Shipston (we are in an interregnum

& rather short of clergy) on Friday or

Saturday & other alternate Sundays.

Thursday is a much-needed day off!”

Hilary Edgeon (WH 1993)

“After 16 years as Vicar of Hayfield, Chinley

and Buxworth parishes in Derby Diocese,

I’ve now been in post for one year in

Manchester Diocese. I’ve been appointed

part-time Minister for Discipleship in the

Saddleworth Team churches along with a

part-time post as prison chaplain in HMP

Buckley Hall, Rochdale.”

Geoffrey Dibbs (WH 1953)

“I retired from active ministry on

December 31st 2015 at the age of 91. I

retired from the Diocese of Huron, Canada

in 1988 and came down to Arizona to

retire in 1992. Because of a staff shortage

at the Church of the Advent in Sun City

West, I was invited to join the staff as an

associate rector. 22 years later I decided

that the time had come to retire. I have

been so blessed to have had a full and

active ministry all that time.”

Jonathan Kirkpatrick


Aileen Hackl (WH 2001)

“Thank you for keeping me informed of all

the wonderful things going on at Wycliffe.

I was able to study at Wycliffe in 2000/01,

and found it to be a truly inspiring and

delightful place. Alister McGrath, Michael

Green, and Jeremy Duff were among

my tutors. I am a priest in the Diocese in

Europe and still hold Permission to officiate

for Christ Church, Vienna, where I have lived

and worshipped for over 50 years now.”

Sheila McLachlan

“Travelled the transition from full on

stipendiary to life beyond as a peripatetic

with Permission to officiate. Retirement is

tough and the Church could and should

do more to prepare for the change though

once transition has been achieved life is

sweet. Remembering the Wycliffe folk,

mostly men, of 1980-1983. Hope life is

being good for all of you.”

Mark A. Pearson (WH 1973)

“Still active (part-time) in parish work

(Kingston, New Hampshire) and working

part-time at New Creation Healing Center

(combining medicine, counseling and prayer

and modeled on the Healing Homes in the

U.K.) I also was just elected to the House of

Representatives and placed on the Health,

Human Services and Elderly Affairs committee.”

Alexander Spalding (WH 2015)

“When I left Wycliffe in 2015 I moved to

Portland, Oregon to found an architectural

design business with my brother. I cannot

say I have enjoyed every minute of it, but

I can say that I made the right choice. Of

course, leaving the great city of Oxford

was a struggle. However, that struggle has

been buoyed by our recent success. Daniel

House, my business, recently hired its first

employee. Soon after we hosted our first

major party, through which we have a few

new projects and were able to raise nearly

$10,000 for Birch Community Services. Birch

is a great organization that helps the working

poor through education, food, clothing, and

prayer. It was a true honour to play even a

small role in helping their work. My brother,

Peter, has recently completed his print folio

celebrating the architecture of the city – it

will be for sale soon and a portion of the

proceeds will benefit Wycliffe Hall.”







The Revd Paul Harcourt


National Leader of New Wine

The Revd Stephen Prior


also Honorary Canon of Peterborough

Cathedral, Peterborough

The Revd Paul Clemence


Lancaster Archdeaconry Retired

Clergy Officer, Blackburn

The Revd Sarah Sewell


also Chaplain to the St Helier

Hospital, Southwark

The Revd Dominic Newstead


Vicar of Little Heath, St Albans

The Revd John Armstrong


also Priest-in-Charge of St Bede’s,

Morris Green, Bolton-le-Moors


The Revd Alan Chadwick


Priest-in-Charge of Llanstadwel and

Burton and Rosemarket, remaining

Area Dean of Roose and Canon of

St Davids Cathedral, St Davids

The Revd Timothy Goodbody


also Priest-in-Charge, Broxted w

Chickney & Tilty & Little Easton &

Great Easton, Chelmsford

The Revd Wendy Thomson


also Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s

Ministry, and Hon Canon of

Ely Cathedral, Ely

The Revd Barney De Berry


also Priest-in-Charge of Canterbury,

All Saints, Canterbury

The Revd Katie Tupling


also Bishop’s Adviser for Disability

and Inclusion Issues, Sheffield

The Revd Antony Wilson


Priest–in-Charge of St Mary the Virgin,

Dedham and Curate-in-Charge of St

Mary’s the Virgin, Ardleigh, Chelmsford

The Revd Timothy Vasby-Burnie


Vicar of St George of Cappadocia

w Greenfields United Church,

Shrewsbury, Lichfield

The Revd Simon Butler


Rector of North Hampshire Downs,


The Revd Dr Daniel Inman


Diocesan Director of Ordinands,


The Revd Barry Hill


Diocesan Resource Church Enabler,

and Rector of the Transfiguration and

St Dionysius, Market Harborough,

w Little Bowden w Lubenham and

Great Bowden, Leicester

The Revd Jacqueline Maw


Associate Minister of Holy Trinity

and Pioneer Minister of Wellesley,

Aldershot, Guildford

The Revd Paul Bryce


Royal Naval Chaplain to the

Commando Logistic Regiment

Royal Naval Chaplaincy

The Revd Rebecca Peters


Minister, Peachcroft Christian Centre

LEP, Oxford

The Revd Jane Willis


Rector of Hurstpierpoint, Chichester

The Revd Peter Francis


Priest-in-Charge of Rodborough,


The Revd Gaz Daly


Team Rector, Broadwater, Worthing


The Revd Matthew Luff


Vicar Southbourne w West Thorney,


The Revd Jonathan Prior


Full time Chaplain, City of London

Freeman’s School, Ashtead, Guildford

The Revd Tom Loh


also Priest-in-Charge of St Andrew’s,

Westcliff, Chelmsford

The Revd Jago Wynne


also Priest-in-Charge of All

Saints’, Clapham Park, Southwark

The Revd Daniel Heyward


Vicar of St Andrew’s, Oxford, Oxford

The Revd William Marshall


Vicar of Broughton w Berse and

Southsea, St Asaph

The Revd John Ash


Chaplain of Dean Close Schools,

Cheltenham, Gloucester

The Revd Malcolm Finlay


Associate Rector of BroXbourne w

Wormley, St Albans

The Revd Emma Racklyeft


Vicar of Denmead and Havant

Deanery lay ministry development

officer, Portsmouth

The Revd Dr Michael Rayner

DBTS 2003,

now Associate Minister of

St Matthew’s, Oxford, Oxford

The Revd David Lloyd

undergraduate 1998-2001,

Chaplain of City College, Norwich,



The Revd David Foster


Honorary Canon of Norwich

Cathedral, Norwich

The Revd Canon Nicholas Fennemore


also Interim Minister of Soberton

w Newtown, Portsmouth

The Revd Christopher Jervis


Provost of Milton Abbey, Salisbury

The Revd Derek Winterburn


now Vicar of St James’s,

Hampton Hill, London

The Revd Canon Michael Lodge


Archdeacon of Southend, Chelmsford

The Revd Andrew West


Chaplain at HMP Frankland, Durham

The Revd Michael Coe


also Interim Priest-in-Charge of

St Ethelburga’s, St Leonard-on-Sea,


The Revd Paul Neville


also Area Dean of Stockton, Durham

The Revd Barnabas de Berry


also Honorary Canon of Canterbury

Cathedral, Canterbury

The Revd Lynn Hellmuth


Priest-in-Charge of Cuddington,


The Revd James Nash


Vicar of St Andrew’s,

Ashton-on-Ribble, Blackburn

The Revd Michael Hindley


also Area Dean of Walton, Liverpool

The Revd David Craven


Rector of Rufford and Tarleton, Blackburn

The Revd Charles Hudson


also Rural Dean of Cheshunt, St Albans

The Revd Jonathan Vaughan


Vicar of Wolvey, Withybrook and

Copston Magna, Coventry

The Revd Paul Franklin


Team Vicar of Christ Church in

the Newark-upon-Trent w

Coddington Team Ministry,

Southwell & Nottingham

The Revd Christopher Collins


Vicar of St Christopher, Leicester,


The Revd Michael Barton


Vicar of Longridge, Blackburn

The Revd Elizabeth Franklin


NSM, Southwell&Nottingham

The Revd Dr Nicholas Moore


MATM Director at

Cranmer Hall


The Revd James Findlay


Priest-in-Charge of Throop


The Revd Anthony Walker


Vicar of Moreton and Riddlesden


The Revd Christopher Hobbs


Vicar of St Andrew’s, Cheadle Hulme,


The Revd Henriette Howarth


Vicar of St Paul’s, Shipley, Leeds

The Revd Andrew Buckler


Vicar of St Barnabas’, Kensington, London


The Revd Derek Arnold


Team Rector, St Mary, Appledore,

Northam, and Westward Ho!, Exeter

The Revd Rosemary Ashley


Rector of Charlton Musgrove,

Cucklington and Stoke Trister,

Bath & Wells

The Revd Stephenie Hill


part-time Associate for Evangelism

Development in the Market

Harborough Resource Church Team

Ministry, Leicester

The Revd Robert Miles


also Acting Assistant Area Dean of

Gartree I and II, Leicester

The Revd Paul Frost


now Rector of St John the Baptist w

the Ephiphany, Corby, Peterborough

The Revd Timothy Ezat


Priest-in-Charge,St Richard Langney,

Eastbourne, Chichester


The Revd Christopher Knight


Pastor at Torrevieja Christian

Fellowship (TCF), Torrevieja, Spain

The Revd Philip Greenhalgh


House-for-Duty Priest-in-Charge of

Veryan w Ruan Lanihorne, Truro

The Revd Canon Tudor Griffiths


Senior Interim Minister, Gloucester

The Revd Timothy Mullins


Chaplain of Stowe School, Oxford

The Revd Jonathan Wilkinson


Associate Vicar of Chester-le-Street,


The Revd Andrew Rimmer


Vicar of South Mimms, London

The Revd Peter Hughes


also Priest-in-Charge of Ravenfield,

Hooton Roberts and Braithwell, and

Area Dean of Rotherham, Sheffield

The Revd Harry Latham


Rector of St Mary the Virgin, Headley w

St Andrew’s, Box Hill and of Waltonon-the-Hill,


The Revd Nicholas Williams


also Area Dean of Guildford, Guildford

The Revd Corinne Smith


Parish Deacon of St Saviour on the

Cliff, Shanklin, of Lake, and of Godshill,


The Revd Sarah Tillett

2002 Chaplain of St Peter’s, Chantilly,

France, Europe

The Revd Stephen Kuhrt


now Vicar of New Malden and

Coombe, Christ Church and St John,


The Revd Katie Tupling


also Priest-in-Charge of Totley

All Saints, Sheffield

The Revd Mark Powley


also Honorary Canon of Ripon

Cathedral, Leeds

The Revd Elizabeth Slater


Diocesan Adviser for Initial

Ministerial Development, and

Associate Minister of Lawrence

Weston and Avonmouth, Bristol

The Revd Elizabeth Woolf


Team Rector in St George’s Team

Ministry, Leeds, Leeds

The Revd James Ashton


Deanery Mission Enabler in the

Warlingham w Chelsham and Farleigh

Team Ministry, Southwark

The Revd Jonathan Marlow


also Assistant City Dean of

Plymouth City, Exeter

The Revd Timothy Meathrel


Vicar of Emmanuel Church,

Northwood, London

The Revd Edward Northey


Royal Navy Chaplain

Royal Navy Chaplaincy Service

The Revd Daniel Natnael


Associate Minister of St Paul’s,

Camberley, Guildford

The Revd William Warren


Assistant Minister at St Andrew’s,

Norwich, Norwich

The Revd Mark Davey


Team Vicar of St Martin’s, Morden


The Revd Peter Stark Toller


Associate Minister of Dibden,


The Revd Richard Sherratt


Vicar of St John’s Brooklands,

Baguley, Manchester

The Revd Dr Patrick Gilday


Rector of Benson with Ewelme

Benefice, Oxford


The Revd Jonathan Couper

Left 1975

Retired 22-Nov, 2016

The Revd James Forrester

Left 1976

Retired 31-Oct, 2016

The Revd Nigel Warner

Left 1977

Retired 30-Sep, 2016

The Revd Canon Robert Capper

Left 1977

Retired 02-Jul, 2017

The Revd Canon Geoff


Left 1998

Retired 23-Sep, 2016

The Revd Lynda Gough

Left 1999

Retired 07-Nov, 2016

The Revd Preb Stephen Bessent

Left 1977

Retired 29-Jan, 2017

The Revd David Ashton

Left 1982

Retired 18-Dec, 2016

The Revd Richard Tucker

Left 1983

Retired 12-May, 2017

The Revd Andrew Scaife

Left 1977

Retired 31-Mar, 2017

The Revd Canon Ian


Left 1977

Retired 31-Jul, 2017

The Revd Richard Holroyd

Left 1981

Retired 05-Sep, 2017

The Revd Gerald Hovenden

Left 1981

Retired 01-Mar, 2017

The Revd Richard Fillingham

Left 1998

Retired 07-Mar, 2017

The Revd David Allsop

Left 1999

Retired 31-May, 2017

The Revd Stephen Coe

Left 2000

Retired 31-May, 2017


The Revd Stephen Beak

Left 1994

Resigned 30-Sep, 2016

The Revd Peter Kane

Left 2009

Resigned 26-Jun, 2017

The Revd Nigel Wilson-Brown

Left 1997

Resigned 01-July, 2017


The Revd Gwynn ap Gwilm

Left 1984/2000

Died 31/07/2016

The Revd Alec Motyer

Left 1947

Died 26/08/2016

The Revd James Scott

Left 1958

Died 01/09/2016

The Revd Edward (Bill)


Left 1935

Died 08/09/2016

The Revd Howard Crellin

Left 1955

Died 07/11/2016

The Revd Ivor Davies

Left 1962

Died 11/11/2016

The Revd Canon Francis


Left 1953

Died 01/01/2017

The Rt Revd F Henry


Left 1963

Died 16/03/2017

The Revd Maxwell Stewart

Left 1960

Died 18/05/2017

The Rt Revd John Cavell

Left 1940

Died 19/05/2017




(WH: BA 1984, MA 1989, MPhil 2000)

The Church in Wales was extremely

fortunate to have Canon Gwynn ap

Gwilym, who died on 31 July 2016, aged

66, as its Bishops’ Adviser for the Welsh

Language, a post he had held since

2002, initially with a part-time parochial

appointment as well.

He later combined the Language Officer

post with that of being the Bench’s Adviser

on Church Affairs, which meant not only

handling ecumenical relationships in Wales,

but across the Anglican, Porvoo, and indeed

worldwide Communion of Churches.

He was superbly qualified for the former

task, since he had studied Welsh at

undergraduate and postgraduate level at the

University College of North Wales, Bangor.

He had been a lecturer in Celtic Studies

at the University of Cork in the 1970s, and

worked for the Welsh Academy before being

ordained deacon, in 1984, in the diocese

of Bangor. He had a tremendous feel for,

and understanding of, Welsh language

and culture, and had won the Chair at the

National Eisteddfod in 1986, when it was

held in Fishguard.

He therefore brought both his scholarship

and his poetic gifts to bear in translating

into Welsh all the Church in Wales’s liturgies

over the past ten years. He also ensured that

every document he was asked to translate

— a sermon, a one-page statement from the

Bench, or a translation of new constitutional

visions — was done in a meticulous way,

conveying exactly the meaning of the

document in question.

In 1983, he won the Welsh Arts Council Prize

for his volume of poetry Grassholm. He

published a further three volumes of poetry

— Y Winllan, Gwales, and Yr Ymyl Aur, and coedited

with another distinguished Welsh poet,

Alan Llwyd, an anthology of 20th-century

Welsh poetry — Flodeugerdd o Farddoniaeth

Cymraeg yr Ugein fed Ganrif. He was also coeditor

of a Welsh intellectual magazine, Barn,

from 1979 to 1981.

His greatest achievement, however — and one

that places not only the Church in Wales, but

all the other churches in Wales permanently

in his debt — was his translation, in 2007, of

the Psalms, Salmau Cân Newydd.

This was a totally new translation from the

original Hebrew, in a metrical Welsh version,

set to familiar Welsh hymn tunes. This made

the Psalms, in the words of one reviewer

at the time, “understandable, singable,

and dependable for they are as close as it

is possible to get to the original Hebrew”.

Setting the Psalms out in such a way that

they could be easily sung was something that

had last been attempted in 1621 by Edmwnd

Prys, the Archdeacon of Meirionnydd.

The Welsh tunes that Gwynn chose for each

psalm fitted perfectly: lively tunes for psalms

of praise and joy, and slower and quieter

tunes for more meditative psalms. He also

translated, in poetic form, and set to hymn

tunes, the main canticles for morning and

evening prayer. All this, of course, had been

done in English by others, but never in Welsh

before this time.

Gwynn belonged to what one Professor

of Welsh, writing about 19th-century

priests, called “Personiaid Llengar”: priests

renowned for their scholarship and literary

ability. At the time of his death, he was seeing

through the press a biography of one of his

most illustrious 16th-century predecessors

as Rector of Mallwyd, John Davies, who had

helped translate the Bible into Welsh.

Gwynn also took to his ecumenical position

with great enthusiasm, and enjoyed his

encounter with people from churches across

the globe. He always produced for the Bench

a comprehensive summary of all the salient

points in ecumenical discussions, and a list

of things that the bishops were required to

either answer or decide. These two tasks

fulfilled him in a way that being a parish

priest had not, since he was rather a shy

man. His formality, however, hid a dry sense

of humour, and, when relaxed, he was very

good company.

Born in Bangor, he was brought up in

Machynlleth, where his father was a

Presbyterian minister. For a man who found

it hard to express himself emotionally in

his personal relationships, his Eisteddfod

winning poem Y Cwmwl was about his

father’s death, and the impact it had had on

him emotionally.

After ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford,

where he gained both an MA and an

M.Phil. — he was in turn Assistant Curate

of Porthmadog, from 1984 to 1986, and

then incumbent of a group of rural parishes

in mid Wales in the diocese of Bangor,

eventually centred on Mallwyd, from 1986

to 2002. During some of this time, he also

taught Old Testament at the Presbyterian

Theological College, Aberystwyth.

From 2002 to 2005, he was Priest-in-Charge

of Penyfai, in the diocese of Llandaff, and

Priest-in-Charge of Dewi Sant Cardiff, from

2005 to 2007, until he took on his provincial

posts full-time. He was made Metropolitical

Canon of Llandaff in 2014.

He married Mari in 1996, and she survives

him. It is ironic that he died at the beginning

of this year’s National Eisteddfod week,

held at Abergavenny, where his work on the

psalms was being published as an app.

Dr Barry Morgan former Archbishop of Wales


(WH 1947)

Born John Alexander Motyer in 1924, he

studied at Trinity College, Dublin where

he was awarded BA, MA, and BD degrees.

He trained for Anglican ministry at

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and was a curate

in Lichfield diocese before becoming a

theological college tutor in Bristol. He

was Vice Principal of Clifton Theological

College (1954-1965) before going back

into parish ministry at St Luke’s, West

Hampstead for 5 years.

The call to theological education remained

with him, however, and he soon returned to

Bristol and was Principal and Dean of Trinity

College there (1971-1981). J. I. Packer was


Associate Principal with him during these

years, and everyone I’ve ever met who trained

there at this time speaks very warmly indeed

of the positive, Reformed and evangelical

nature of the training and pastoral formation

they received under Jim and Alec. The latter

left Bristol to take up another ministerial

position at Christ Church, Westbourne in

1981, from where he retired in 1989.

Alec was both a scholarly and a popular

writer. He was the Old Testament editor of

the Bible Speaks Today commentary series,

contributing his own unique volumes to

that series, on Amos (1974), Philippians

(1984), James (1985), and most recently

Exodus (2005). His magnum opus is his

first commentary on Isaiah, published in

1993, which was followed by other smaller

commentaries on the same book, as well as

popular level volumes on the Old Testament

and on preaching.

He was a close reader of the text, with a keen

eye for chiasms and other literary devices in

scripture. “I’m not really a scholar,” he once

said, “I’m just a man who loves the Word

of God.” This came across in everything he

wrote and lectured on. I remember being

riveted by a talk he gave to the theological

students’ fellowship in Oxford when I was

an undergraduate (which later became

the article on Isaiah, in the list below);

and his talks on the covenant at Word

Alive in Skegness in 1994 were so utterly

gripping and absolutely compelling that I

immediately bought the cassette recordings

and almost wore my tape player out by

listening to them again and again!

He was a prolific contributor to the Church

Society journal, Churchman, writing an

enthusiastic number of book reviews and

several articles for us over the course of five

decades. These betray his obvious interests

in the Old Testament, in covenant theology,

and in Anglicanism:

Circumcision and Baptism (1956)

The Baptismal Relevance of Mark 10:13ff. (1956)

The Defence and Confirmation of the Gospel (1958)

Principles of Prayer Book Revision (1962)

The Holy Spirit and Holy Scripture (1964)

Three in One or One in Three:

A Dipstick into the Isaianic Literature (1994)

Alec had a winsome, self-deprecating sense

of humour, a lilting Irish brogue, and a genius

for illustrative stories which can be sampled

in some of his more recent sermons from

Poynton Parish Church where he preached

regularly in retirement. He was influential in

the lives of other great scholars and teachers

such as Don Carson and Tim Keller, and

encouraging to us younger folks too.

Alec was a pillar of the evangelical Anglican

establishment in the second half of the

twentieth century, and a terrific example of a

Reformed evangelical Bible commentator. As

the “church militant here on earth” becomes

increasingly bereft of those in that great

generation, we must pray fervently for the

continuation of their legacy — especially

for the production of more Bible-loving,

theologically-rigorous resources which feed

warm-hearted, Christ-exalting preaching, but

also for more Anglicans with his love for the

word and for Reformation truths.

I close with some appropriate words from

Alec’s 1996 book After Death: What Happens

When You Die? He wrote:

“To Christians the love of God is a reason

for confidence in relation to death and the

life to come. We face death with equanimity

and hope — a joyful, expectant, sure hope

— because we have come to know that not

even death can separate us from the love of

God (Romans 8:38-39), and this love has been

so perfectly proved that we can go forward

fearlessly, for he who has loved us loves us

still, and always will love us. Therefore we are

secure.” Alec Motyer (1924-2016)

Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society,



(WH 1935)

My father, Bill Phillips, who has died

aged 104, was a clergyman and an army

chaplain who spent time in a prisoner of

war camp during the second world war.

The son of Clarissa May (née Stevens) and

Godfrey Phillips, Bill was born in Bangalore,

India, where his father was vice-principal

of the Bangalore Theological College. As

Congregationalists, they were serving with

the London Missionary Society.

Sent to boarding school back in the UK at the

age of six, with his older brother of eight, and

parted from his beloved nurse, Bill was not

to see his parents for another six years. He

attended Eltham college in London, founded

as a school for the sons of missionaries,

where he learned to play rugby, and was in

awe of both the athlete Eric Liddell, who was

in the sixth form, and the writer and artist

Mervyn Peake, a classmate.

Bill played rugby for Kent public schools and

Gloucester rugby football club between 1934

and 1939. He read history at St Edmund Hall,

Oxford, and then theology at Wycliffe Hall,

where he gained a rugby blue. In 1939, Bill met

Nancy Wilson, a teacher and sportswoman, at

a camp for children from London slums. They

married that year and subsequently had three

daughters and twin sons.

As a curate in Brighton at the outset of war,

Bill initially displayed a pacifist stance that

stimulated local gossip that he would help any

German parachutist landing on the Downs. He

subsequently volunteered as an army chaplain

and joined the 1st Airborne Division.

In 1944, General Bernard Montgomery’s

hastily made plan was to land men in

Arnhem, Holland, behind German lines

and capture the bridge over the Rhine; the

leakage of this plan from officers’ telephone

calls lowered morale dramatically. Bill’s

battalion’s parachute drop landed seven

miles from the bridge, among a crack

German Panzer division. Hard fighting

ensued but Bill and some paratroopers

reached the bridge. Like all army chaplains,

Bill was unarmed.

Bill responded to an officer’s plea to

help minister to the wounded and dying,

including Germans. But a German soldier

entered the hospital ward, rifle and

bayonet drawn. Bill could have escaped

but would not go back on his word. Held

prisoner of war in Oflag 79, Braunschweig,

from September 1944 to April 1945, he

experienced great hunger. Though he never

talked to us about this, we were well aware

that never a morsel of food was wasted in

our childhood home.

After 30 years’ service in Kent and Sussex

parishes, in 1978, he and Nancy retired

to Gloucestershire and enjoyed village

community life and playing golf, although he

officiated as a clergyman into his early 90s.

In 1994, he conducted the service marking

the 50th anniversary of the Arnhem drop

at Oosterbeek war cemetery, attended by

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, the Prince

of Wales and General Sir John Hackett,

among others.

Nancy died in 1995. He is survived by his

children, Clare, Budgie, Damien, Martin and

me, and nine grandchildren.

By Magda Phillips, Bill’s daughter


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