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 2021 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 (Ms Lucinda Rumsey, Mansfield)

One of the Proctors or the Assessor, as may be agreed between them ex officio
 [3] Professor Carol Harrison, Christ Church A Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, elected by the professors in that faculty MT 2023
 [4] Professor Nigel Biggar, Christ Church As above HT 2024
 [5] [Vacancy] (vice Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, University College) A member of Congregation, elected by Congregation MT 2024

[Vacancy] (vice The Revd Canon Professor Mark Chapman, Ripon College, Cuddesdon)

As above MT 2024
 [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)

 [8] Dr Anthony Reddie Co-opted MT 2021
Secretary: Council Secretariat (Mr Joe O'Connor)

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

Date Time Venue
21 October 2021 11.00 am Harris Manchester College


University Sermons - Hilary Term 2021

University Sermons in Hilary Term 2021 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 Sunday via this link (

  • Sunday 7 February at 5.30 p.m.: The Revd Canon Dr Samuel Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields. University Sermon Intercollegiate Service. At St Mary's.
  • Sunday 14 February at 5.45 p.m.: Dr Katharine Dell, Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology, University of Cambridge. University Sermon on the Grace of Humility. At Lincoln College.
  • Sunday 28 February at 10.30 a.m.: The Rt Revd Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell, Bishop of Stepney. University Sermon. At St Mary's.
  • Sunday 7 March at 6.00 p.m.: The Revd Dr Andrew Moore, Regent's Park College. University Sermon for the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. At Oriel College


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


Contact us

Joe O'Connor

Administrative Officer(Governance)

Planning and Council Secretariat