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Revd Dr Grant Bayliss, Lecturer in Liturgy and Patristics

Grant joined the staff in 2011, after working in Cambridge as Chaplain to St John’s College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Divinity Faculty.  He is Director of Theological Studies, teaching liturgy, early church history and modern doctrine, and also has responsibility for the practical aspects of worship at Cuddesdon and on the OMC as Director of Worship.  He originally read Classics at Exeter before training for ordination at Cuddesdon from 1997 to 2000.  Since then he has written a DPhil on “virtue-Origenism” and the theology of Didymus the Blind at Wolfson College, Oxford, served as a lay minister in rural parishes in the Dorchester Team Ministry, a curate in suburban parishes in Cheltenham and a university chaplain, as well as in various diocesan roles on worship and vocations groups in Gloucester and Ely dioceses.  An intellectual historian with a keen eye for context and material culture, he sees worship as the origin of most first-order theology and is committed to training worship leaders who are confident in both what they think and do, to enable the space for others to better appreciate their encounters with God.  He is married to Chris and has two daughters.

Grant has published The Vision of Didymus the Blind: A Fourth-Century Virtue-Origenism (Oxford: OUP, 2015) and is currently working on Sacramental Theology and Ministry for SCM Press.

 

 

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