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 MT 2021 is 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] Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, University College A member of Congregation, elected by Congregation MT 2024

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)


Dr Anthony Reddie, Regent's Park


The Revd Dr Jennifer Strawbridge, Keble


The Reverend Dr Andrew Bowyer, Magdalen






MT 2022

MT 2022

MT 2022

Secretary: Council Secretariat (Aristea Gkontra)

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

Date Time Venue
24 November 2021 1.30pm Microsoft Teams


University Sermons - Michaelmas Term 2021

  • Thursday 7 October at 8.00 a.m.: The Reverend Dr Zachary Guiliano, Chaplain, St Edmund Hall. Holy Communion (Latin). At St Mary's.
  • Tuesday 12 October at 6.00 p.m.: The Reverend Philip Ritchie, Vicar, Cowley St John. Court Sermon. At the Cathedral.
  • Sunday 17 October at 10.30 a.m.: The Reverend Canon Dr Jennifer Smith, Superintendent Minister, Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission & Canon of St Paul's Cathedral. University Sermon. At St Mary’s.
  • Sunday 31 October at 11.00 a.m.: The Reverend Dr Michael Jagessar, Mission Secretary for Europe, Council for World Mission. Ramsden Sermon. At Worcester College. 
  • Sunday 7 November at 10.30 a.m.: Mrs Carole Souter CBE, Master, St Cross College. University Sermon. At St Mary’s.
  • Sunday 21 November at 10.00 a.m.: Professor Catriona Seth FBA, Fellow and Marshall Foch Professor of French Literature, All Souls College. University Sermon on the Sin of Pride. At All Souls College. 
  • Sunday 28 November at 11.00 a.m.: The Right Reverend June Osborne, Bishop of Llandaff. University Sermon (Advent Sunday). At the Cathedral.


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


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Aristea Gkontra

Administrative Officer(Governance)

Planning and Council Secretariat