Who’s Who

Vicar: Emma Pennington

Vicar: Emma Pennington

Vicar and Area Dean

Rev’d Dr Emma Pennington

Emma was licensed as Vicar of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath in 2008 before which she was Chaplain of Worcester College in Oxford for five years.  She is also the Prayer and Spirituality Adviser to the diocese and Area Dean of Aston and Cuddesdon.

Emma has a passion for prayer and spirituality and welcomes the opportunity to encourage others to explore the richness of medieval mystical tradition and deepen the contemplative life of prayer. She is tutor for the IME Reflective Practice: Ministry and Spirituality level 6 and 7 and co-founder of the hugely successful Festival of Prayer day conference run in association with BRF.  She has given talks and led retreats and Quiet Days both in the UK and abroad, and also tutored and lectured extensively on Christian Spirituality, especially at Oxford University, where she completed her doctoral research on Julian of Norwich in 2014.  She is currently writing a book for BRF on Julian’s revelation entitled At the Foot of the Cross with Julian of Norwich.

Emma trained at Ripon College Cuddesdon from 1997 to 200 where she studied for the Oxford BA gaining a 2:1 class and distinction in the Diploma in Ministry for Theology Graduates.  Prior to ordination Emma was a virger at St Paul’s cathedral in London.  It was there she met her husband to be Jonathan Arnold, a professional singer with the Tallis Scholars and the Sixteen as well as Vicar Choral at St Pauls at the time, now Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College Oxford.  They have two children, Katie and Thomas and a dog called Flossie and cat Smudge.

Emma’s first degree was in English Literature with medieval studies at Exeter University from which she retains a love of reading and in-depth knowledge of the Victorian Gothic genre.  She loves walking especially in the Lake District and has completed a number of the long distance paths in England.

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Ass. Curate: Mark Chapman

Ass. Curate: Mark Chapman

Assistant Curate

Canon Professor Mark Chapman

Mark is Vice-Principal and teaches Modern Church History and Theology, Ecclesiology, and Anglicanism and is course director for the Oxford BA and other Oxford degrees except for the MTh.  He is also Professor of the History of Modern Theology in the University of Oxford, Canon Theologian of Truro Cathedral as well as assistant curate in the Benefice of Garsington, Horspath and Cuddesdon.  He is currently a member of General Synod.  He has written a history of Christianity in Cuddesdon, God’s Holy Hilland edited a book on the history of the College: Ambassadors of Christ.  He has written and edited books in many different areas of theology and church history, and is publications officer for Affirming Catholicism.  His most recent books are Theology and Society in Three Cities: Berlin, Oxford and Chicago, 1800-1914 (Cambridge: James Clarke, 2014), The Fantasy of Reunion: Anglicans, Catholics, and Ecumenism, 1833-1880 (Oxford University Press, 2014), Anglican Theology (T & T Clark, 2012).  He is also author of many other books including Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2006).

Mark was brought up in Essex and Berkshire and studied Politics and Philosophy and then Theology at Trinity College, Oxford and also spent a year in Munich during his doctoral studies.  He was Stephenson Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield before he joined the staff at Cuddesdon in 1992.  Mark trained on the Oxford Ministry Course and was ordained in 1994. He is married to Linda and they have two grown-up sons.  He likes travelling, cooking, good food, films, theatre and contemporary music.

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