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.


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Membership as at TT 2020 will be as follows


  Name Office or Appointing Body Until
[1] The Very Revd Professor Jane Shaw, Principal of Harris Manchester     A person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, who shall be chair of the committee MT 2024

Senior Proctor (Professor Simon Horobin, Magdalen)

One of the Proctors or the Assessor, as may be agreed between them ex officio
 [3] Professor Markus Bockmuehl, Keble A Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, elected by the professors in that faculty MT 2022
 [4] The Revd Professor Alister McGrath, Harris Manchester As above MT 2022
 [5] Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, University College A member of Congregation, elected by Congregation HT 2021

The Revd Canon Professor Mark Chapman, Ripon College, Cuddesdon

As above HT 2021
 [7] 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)
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 tbc


University Sermons -Trinity Term 2020

University Sermons in Trinity Term 2020 will be published as podcasts on the website of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.
Podcasts will be made available at 9.00 a.m. on the following dates via this link (

  • Sunday 10 May: The Reverend Canon Dr Peter Groves, Faculty of Theology and Vicar of St Mary Magdalen’s. Commemoration Day Sermon.
  • Sunday 31 May : The Reverend Canon Professor Simon Oliver, Van Mildert Professor of Divinity, University of Durham. University Sermon (Whit Sunday).
  • Sunday 7 June: Professor Paul Fiddes, Professorial Fellow & Director of Research, Regent’s Park College. University Sermon (Trinity Sunday).
  • Sunday 14 June: Professor Helen King, Professor Emerita, Classical Studies, The Open University. University Sermon.
  • Sunday 21 June: The Right Reverend Humphrey Southern, Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon. St John Baptist’s Day Sermon.


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


Contact us

Aristea Gkontra

Administrative Officer(Governance)

Planning and Council Secretariat