Professor Martyn Percy
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy (BA, MA, M.Ed, PhD, FKC) is the 45th Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.
Educated at the universities of Bristol, Durham, London and Sheffield, Martyn trained for ordination after a career in publishing, serving a curacy in Bedford, as Chaplain and Director of Studies at Christ’s College, Cambridge and then Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute. He has also been Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford.
Martyn has held a number of roles in public life, serving as a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). He has served as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority and he is currently an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification.
Martyn is Patron of St. Francis’ Children’s Society (an Adoption and Fostering Agency), Trustee of the Grubb Institute and the Li Tim-Oi Foundation, and a Vice-President of Modern Church.
He has the curious distinction of being the only living theologian to feature in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code.
Martyn writes and teaches in two interrelated arenas: contemporary ecclesiology (specialising in Anglicanism, fundamentalism and new Christian movements); complemented, in turn, by writing on practical, pastoral and contextual theology, with significant work on Christianity and contemporary culture.
Martyn is a member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford and he also tutors in the Social Sciences Division and at Säid Business School.
He is Professor of Theological Education at King’s College London, a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College (University of London) and Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Values, University of Winchester, and for the Centre of Theologically Engaged Anthropology, University of Georgia.