The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy is the Dean (or Head) of Christ Church, Oxford, one of University of Oxford’s largest colleges, as well as being Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Oxford. He writes and teaches on modern ecclesiology, and as well as being a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, is a Tutor for the Said Business School. He is also Professor of Theological Education at King’s College, London, and was a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London. He currently holds two Visiting Chairs – as Professor in Theologically-Engaged Anthropology at the University of Georgia, USA, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Values, University of Winchester.
From 2004-14 he was Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Prior to that he was Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute and has also been Chaplain and Director of Studies at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Martyn, besides having the curious distinction of being the only living theologian to feature in Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code, was described in the journal Theology as the British Theologian closest to being a ‘missionary anthropologist’.His writings were the subject of a recent study – Reasonable Radical: Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy (Pickwick Publishing: Edited by Ian Markham & Joshua Daniels).
Martyn has held number of roles in public life, serving as a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). He has served as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority, and is an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification.