Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers


The Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers is responsible for nominating Select Preachers for University Sermons in each Michaelmas Term.

The Committee also nominates the preachers of the Court Sermon, the Sermon on the Sin of Pride, the Macbride Sermon, the Sermon on the Grace of Humility, and the Ramsden Sermon.


Name Conditions of appointment Until

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church 

A person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, who shall be chair of the committee MT 2020
Assessor (the Revd Professor William Whyte, St John’s) One of the Proctors or the Assessor, as may be agreed between them Ex officio

Professor Markus Bockmuehl,


A Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, elected by the professors in that faculty MT 2022

The Revd Professor Alister McGrath, Harris Manchester

As above MT 2022

Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, University College

A member of Congregation, elected by Congregation MT 2020

The Revd Canon Professor Mark Chapman, Ripon College, Cuddesdon

As above MT 2020
The Revd Dr William Lamb The Vicar of St Mary's Church Ex officio
Co-opted (the Committee may co-opt up to three additional members, who may be internal or external, who shall hold office for one year and shall be re-eligible)
The Very Revd Professor Jane Shaw, Principal of Harris Manchester                                                            HT 2021
Secretary: Council Secretariat (Ms Aristea Gkontra)


The Committee usually meets once per academic year in Michaelmas term.

Date Time Venue
22 October 2020 11.00 am Christ Church


Hilary Term 2020:

  • Thursday, 16 January, 8.00 a.m.: The Reverend Dr Melanie Marshall, Chaplain, Lincoln College. Holy Communion (Latin). At St Mary's.
  • Sunday, 19 January, 9.30 a.m.: Fra’ John Eidinow, Tutor in Classics, St Benet's Hall, and Fellow of Merton College. Latin Litany and Sermon. At St Mary’s.
  • Sunday, 26 January, 10.00 a.m.: The Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro. Macbride Sermon. At Hertford College.
  • Sunday, 9 February, 5.30 p.m.: His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos of London, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London. University Sermon and  Inter-Collegiate Evensong. At St Mary’s.
  • Sunday, 23 February, 5.45 p.m.: The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester. University Sermon on the Grace of Humility. At Merton College.
  • Sunday, 1 March, 10.30 a.m.: Ms Loretta Minghella OBE, First Church Estates Commissioner. University Sermon. At St Mary’s. 
  • *Sunday, 8 March, 6.00 p.m.: The Venerable Dr Adrian Youings, Archdeacon of Bath. Sermon for the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. At Oriel College.

* On this day Doctors will wear their robes


For the regulations of the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers please click here:


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Aristea Gkontra

Administrative Officer(Governance)

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