Revd Dr Michael Lloyd has been appointed Principal of Wycliffe Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford. He will take over from acting Principal Dr Simon Vibert over the summer.
Dr Lloyd is currently Chaplain of Queen's College, Oxford, and has nearly a decade of experience teaching in theological colleges. A former Tutor in Theology at St Paul's Theological Centre and Tutor in Doctrine at St Stephen's House, Oxford, he previously served as Chaplain of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and earlier as Chaplain and Director of Studies in Theology at Christ's College, Cambridge. He is the author of Café Theology, and regularly contributes to the Godpod (a theological podcast).
The Rt Revd Michael Hill, Chairman of Wycliffe Hall’s Council, said of the appointment: 'I am truly delighted with Michael's appointment. He brings a depth of biblical knowledge and theological teaching, together with an experience of the life of theological colleges to bear on this new ministry. We have every confidence that he is the person to lead Wycliffe forward in these challenging times for theological education and training.'
Dr Michael Lloyd said:
'At a time when Christianity is under more intellectual attack than it has been since the eighteenth century, we need Christian leaders of impressive intellectual ability, rigour and creativity. As a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University, Wycliffe is in an outstanding position to give its students the academically excellent education that they will need if they are to make the case for the Christian faith in the contemporary climate, and to shape that climate.
'I am determined that Wycliffe should build a reputation for being a warm, respectful, encouraging and secure place for women to train alongside men, for all forms of ordained ministry. And I am passionate about Wycliffe training students who will speak to the wider society and not just to insiders, and who will be fluent in the language of the culture, and not just the dialect of the church. I am enormously excited by the prospect of working with the Staff, Council and Students towards these goals.'
Dr Michael Lloyd holds degrees in English from Cambridge University, Theology from St John's College, Durham and a DPhil in Theology from Oxford University, where his doctoral thesis was on the problem of evil.