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    Bethan Willis

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    Bethan Willis is involved in leading the Christians in Academia group. She completed her doctorate at Exeter University on Miroslav Volf and justice in the Balkans in 2013. Since then she has been researching and writing on social justice issues and now works for the Diocese of Oxford as a social responsibility adviser. In her spare time Bethan enjoys embarking on mini adventures with her family – Sean, Huw(6) and Ben(4).

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    Bethan Willis is involved in leading the Christians in Academia group. She completed her doctorate at Exeter University on Miroslav Volf and justice in the Balkans in 2013. Since then she has been researching and writing on social justice issues and now works for the Diocese of Oxford as a social responsibility adviser. In her spare time Bethan enjoys embarking on mini adventures with her family – Sean, Huw(6) and Ben(4).

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    Claire Shuttleworth

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    Claire is the administrator for the Oxford Pastorate. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in English literature and theology. She has worked in a variety of administrative roles in Oxford, and in academic publishing for Wiley-Blackwell.

    Claire Shuttleworth

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    Claire is the administrator for the Oxford Pastorate. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in English literature and theology. She has worked in a variety of administrative roles in Oxford, and in academic publishing for Wiley-Blackwell.

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    Ed Brooks

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    Ed Brooks heads the Global Leadership Initiative, a programme to support postgraduate students from around the world, of any or no religious faith, as they explore how best to develop character for leadership. Ed came to Oxford to study history at Magdalen in 1999. He worked in pastoral ministry in Cape Town before returning to Oxford to lead the international and postgraduate student ministries at St Ebbe’s Church. He is currently studying for a DPhil in Theology at Oriel alongside his role at the Pastorate. Much of Ed’s first Oxford life was spent on the rugby pitch; these days you are more likely to find him on a long training run in the hills around Oxford. He is married to Liubov and kept busy by Sophia (7), Felix (5) and baby Alexa.

    Ed Brooks

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    Ed Brooks heads the Global Leadership Initiative, a programme to support postgraduate students from around the world, of any or no religious faith, as they explore how best to develop character for leadership. Ed came to Oxford to study history at Magdalen in 1999. He worked in pastoral ministry in Cape Town before returning to Oxford to lead the international and postgraduate student ministries at St Ebbe’s Church. He is currently studying for a DPhil in Theology at Oriel alongside his role at the Pastorate. Much of Ed’s first Oxford life was spent on the rugby pitch; these days you are more likely to find him on a long training run in the hills around Oxford. He is married to Liubov and kept busy by Sophia (7), Felix (5) and baby Alexa.

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    Jonathan Brant

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    The Revd Dr Jonathan Brant has been the Oxford Pastorate Chaplain since 2008. He has overall responsibility for leading the team in serving the postgraduate community. He wrote a DPhil in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford which drew upon systematic theology, film theory and qualitative research in considering the potential religious impact of contemporary Latin American cinema. The monograph has been published by Oxford University Press. Prior to coming to Oxford, Jonathan worked for Anglican churches in London and South America. Jonathan is the award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction books which introduce young people to the joys and the mysteries of the Christian faith. He is married to Tricia and has a fourteen year-old son, Isaac.

    Jonathan Brant

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    The Revd Dr Jonathan Brant has been the Oxford Pastorate Chaplain since 2008. He has overall responsibility for leading the team in serving the postgraduate community. He wrote a DPhil in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford which drew upon systematic theology, film theory and qualitative research in considering the potential religious impact of contemporary Latin American cinema. The monograph has been published by Oxford University Press. Prior to coming to Oxford, Jonathan worked for Anglican churches in London and South America. Jonathan is the award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction books which introduce young people to the joys and the mysteries of the Christian faith. He is married to Tricia and has a fourteen year-old son, Isaac.

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    Kate Phillips

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    Kate Phillips leads the ISW programme that exists to welcome new international postgraduates to Oxford. She also runs related outreach programmes to help international postgraduates learn more about the Christian faith. She is originally from South Korea and holds a BA in Economics-Mathematics from Columbia University, and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford. She works part-time with postgraduates at St.Ebbe’s Church and for the Oxford Pastorate. She is married to Alex, and they both love learning more about Chinese culture and language.

    Kate Phillips

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    Kate Phillips leads the ISW programme that exists to welcome new international postgraduates to Oxford. She also runs related outreach programmes to help international postgraduates learn more about the Christian faith. She is originally from South Korea and holds a BA in Economics-Mathematics from Columbia University, and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford. She works part-time with postgraduates at St.Ebbe’s Church and for the Oxford Pastorate. She is married to Alex, and they both love learning more about Chinese culture and language.

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    Luna Wang

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    Luna Wang co-leads the Global Leadership Initiative. Luna's background was in Law and Economics and she worked in the Real Estate Industry for several years in Beijing before coming to Oxford for an MSc in Sociology. She has a broad interest and loves inter-disciplinary discussions. Before she started working for the Pastorate, she worked with postgraduate students as an apprentice at St Ebbe's Church for two years. She is passionate about people and stories, enjoys traveling and watching movies. She loves experiencing new cultures, especially collecting jokes from different cultural backgrounds. You might want to count how many times she uses the word "exciting" every day, but that's because she is indeed excited about everything

    Luna Wang

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    Luna Wang co-leads the Global Leadership Initiative. Luna's background was in Law and Economics and she worked in the Real Estate Industry for several years in Beijing before coming to Oxford for an MSc in Sociology. She has a broad interest and loves inter-disciplinary discussions. Before she started working for the Pastorate, she worked with postgraduate students as an apprentice at St Ebbe's Church for two years. She is passionate about people and stories, enjoys traveling and watching movies. She loves experiencing new cultures, especially collecting jokes from different cultural backgrounds. You might want to count how many times she uses the word "exciting" every day, but that's because she is indeed excited about everything

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    Rob Heimburger

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    Robert W. Heimburger is Associate Chaplain to graduate students with the Oxford Pastorate and leads a formation group called Christians in Academia with the Oxford Character Project. He is Coordinator of the Developing a Christian Mind course. With IFES, he is Founding Editor of Word & World and chair of the Theological Advisory Group. Within a project on the flourishing of people displaced by conflict within Colombia based at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) in Medellin, he is researching forgiveness after conflict. He studied philosophy and music at Davidson College, North Carolina, theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and theology and Christian ethics at the University of Oxford, where he completed his doctorate. His forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press is entitled God and the Illegal Alien: Federal United States Immigration Law and a Theology of Politics. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.

    Rob Heimburger

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    Robert W. Heimburger is Associate Chaplain to graduate students with the Oxford Pastorate and leads a formation group called Christians in Academia with the Oxford Character Project. He is Coordinator of the Developing a Christian Mind course. With IFES, he is Founding Editor of Word & World and chair of the Theological Advisory Group. Within a project on the flourishing of people displaced by conflict within Colombia based at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) in Medellin, he is researching forgiveness after conflict. He studied philosophy and music at Davidson College, North Carolina, theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and theology and Christian ethics at the University of Oxford, where he completed his doctorate. His forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press is entitled God and the Illegal Alien: Federal United States Immigration Law and a Theology of Politics. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two children.


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History

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  • 2014

    The Templeton World Charity Foundation funds new projects on character and leadership

  • 2008

    The Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, commissions Chaplains to work with postgraduates

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  • 1981

    The ministry thrives under the leadership of the Revd Dr Michael Green at St Aldate’s Church

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  • 1941

    The Pastorate starts the Socratic Club, inviting C. S. Lewis to be its first senior member

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  • 1913

    The first chaplain, Revd Henry Gibbon, welcomes 1,600 students into his home

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  • 1893

    The Oxford Evangelical Pastorate is founded at the instigation of Bishop F.J. Chavasse

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Funding