Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Wycliffe Hall is a Church of England theological college and a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. It is located on the Banbury Road in central North Oxford, between Norham Gardens and Norham Road.

Overview

Wycliffe Hall provides theological training for candidates for ordained ministry in the Church of England as well as other Anglican and non-Anglican churches. Students come from around the world. The college also prepares people for lay ministry. There are also a number of independent and undergraduate students reading theology. The college offers both full-time and part-time study.

History

The building at 52 Banbury Road, at the junction with Norham Gardens, was designed by Frederick Codd in 1868. It initially housed the Holy Rood Convent. The building at 54 Banbury Road was designed by John Gibbs in 1866, with additions by William Wilkinson and Harry Wilkinson Moore in 1882–3. Wycliffe Hall was established in 1877 and started in No. 54, adding No. 52 in 1883. A chapel was added between the houses in 1896, designed by George Wallace.

Wycliffe Hall was established by a group of leading Evangelical churchmen as a centre for training clergy for the Church of England and is named after John Wycliffe, the "Morning Star of the Reformation". It became a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University in 1996 and is a centre for Evangelical Anglican study in the university. Whilst continuing to train candidates for ordination, the college currently trains men and women from many backgrounds for Christian leadership and ministry in a variety of contexts.

As part of becoming a Permanent Private Hall, Wycliffe Hall now also offers courses in academic theology and has a limited number of both undergraduates and postgraduates. It was established alongside Ridley Hall, Cambridge as a pair of theological colleges with an expressly Evangelical ethos.

Controversy

Wycliffe became the focus on media attention in 2007, when a significant number of the academic staff left, including the vice-principal and head of pastoral theology. Three former principals wrote to the chair of the college council to protest about the way staff complaints of being bullied were ignored. The crisis continued as a member of the council also resigned. The college was inspected by the Bishops' Inspection in 2009, when it was commended in some departments. The inspectors expressed “No confidence” in practical and pastoral theology.

Academics and teachers
  • The Revd Richard Turnbull (Principal)
  • The Revd Simon Vibert (Vice Principal)
  • The Revd Benno van den Toren
  • The Revd Will Donaldson
  • The Revd Justin Hardin
  • The Revd Peter Walker
  • The Revd Jenni Williams
  • The Revd Elizabeth Hoare
  • The Revd Andrew Atherstone
  • The Revd James Robson
Alumni
  • Jonathan Aitken — politician, author and broadcaster
  • The Revd Wilbert Awdry — creator of The Railway Series of children's books
  • The Rt Revd James Harold Bell
  • The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Coggan, PC — Archbishop of Canterbury 1974-1980
  • The Rt Revd Carl Cooper
  • The Rt Revd Joseph Fison
  • William Henry Temple Gairdner|The Revd Temple Gairdner — pioneering missionary in Cairo and amongst Muslims, apologist
  • The Revd Nicky Gumbel — Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton and developer of the Alpha Course
  • The Rt Revd Ian Harland
  • Michael Horton
  • The Rt Revd James Jones — Bishop of Liverpool, 1998–present
  • D. Michael Lindsay — prospective President of Gordon College Gordon College
  • The Very Revd June Osborne
  • The Revd J. I. Packer — author and theologian
  • The Revd Vaughan Roberts — Rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford and president of the Proclamation Trust
  • Lamina Sankoh (The Revd Etheldred Jones)
  • The Rt Revd Alan Gregory Clayton Smith
  • The Rt Revd Ray R. Sutton
  • The Rt Revd John Vernon Taylor
  • The Revd Rico Tice — evangelist, co-writer of Christianity Explored course
  • The Revd Canon Vernon White
  • The Rt Revd Paul Gavin Williams
  • The Rt Revd N.T. Wright — writer and theologian, former bishop of Durham
  • The Rt Revd David Young

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