The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History (OCMCH)

Promoting historic links between Oxford Brookes University and the Methodist Church through archives, artworks, publications and research.




The Rev Dr Lord Griffiths of Burry Port


Professor William Gibson

Research Fellow

Dr Peter Forsaith


Janet Acutt

Assistant Archivist

Daniel Reed

Past Visiting Professors

  • Professor Jonathan Clark, Hall Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas
  • Rev Professor Mark Chapman, Vice-Principal, Ripon College, Cuddesdon

Honorary Fellows

  • Dr Martin Groves, School of History, Philosopy and Culture
  • Emerita Professor Elizabeth Jay, Department of English and Modern Languages
  • Dr Peter Nockles, University of Manchester Assistant Librarian (Methodist Collections)
  • Professor Jeremy Gregory, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
  • Rev Dr Martyn Atkins General Secretary of The Methodist Church, Fornerly Principal of Cliff College, President of the Methodist Conference 2007-8

Visiting Research Fellows for 2016-17

  • Dr Emmanuel Betta, University of Rome
  • Dr Jane Platt, author of Subscribing to Faith? The Anglican Parish Magazine 1859-1929 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and the editor of The Diocese of Carlisle 1814-1855 (Surtees Society and Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, 2015) and journal articles on various aspects of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century English religious history.
  • Simon Lewis, University College, Oxford

Methodist Church Research Fellows:

Former Visiting Research Fellows

  • Dr Brett McInelly of Brigham Young University
  • Prof Guglielmo Sanna, University of Sassari, Italy.
  • Dr Mike Ashby, Cambridge University.
  • Dr Erika Stalcup, Boston University
  • Dr Ulrike Schuler, Reutlingen Methodist Seminary, Germany
  • Dr Lionel Laborie, Goldsmiths University of London
  • Dr Thomas Smith, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Dr Bob Tennant, Independent scholar†
  • Dr Bob Cornwall, Central Woodward Church, Troy Michigan
  • Dr Ric Berman, Independent scholar
  • Dr Charles Wallace, Willamette University
  • Ms Sarah Middleton, Methodist Church
  • Dr Clare Haynes, University of East Anglia
  • Dr Ryan Danker, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC
  • Dr Stephen Brogan, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Professor Ted Campbell, Perkins School of Theology, Texas
  • Dr Joanna Cruickshank, Lecturer in History, Deakin University, Australia
  • Dr Keith Francis, Executive Secretary for the American Society for Church History
  • Dr Derya Gurses, Lecturer in the Department of History at Mersin University, Turkey
  • Dr Geordan Hammond, Manchester Wesley Research Centre
  • Dr John Morgan Guy, University of Wales, Lampeter
  • Dr Mary Riso, Independent scholar
  • Reverend Dr Art Torpy, Baylor University, Texas
  • Reverend Dr Philip Tovey, Rippon College Cuddesdon


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