VicarThe Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves
Fr Peter Groves has been parish priest of St Mary Magdalen’s since 2005. A Londoner by birth and upbringing, he came to Oxford as an undergraduate student, where he completed a BA and then a DPhil in Theology at New College. After training for the ministry at Westcott House in Cambridge, he served his curacy in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, before returning to Oxford in 1999. Before being appointed to the parish as Priest-in-charge, he was Chaplain and Fellow of Brasenose College, and he continues to be a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford. He is married to Beatrice, who teaches English Literature at Trinity College, and they have two sons, Michael and Edward. Peter remains a passionate advocate for the study of Theology, especially in relation to the arts, and has particular interests in Shakespeare, Wagner and Gerard Manley Hopkins. He indulges a vice called quizzing from time to time, but his greatest obsession remains Queens Park Rangers FC, where he is a season ticket email@example.com
Assistant CurateThe Revd Dr Jarred Mercer
Fr Jarred Mercer has been Assistant Curate at St Mary Magdalen's since 2015. He is from Florida, USA, but came to the UK in 2009 for postgraduate study at St Andrews and then Oxford, and was also a doctoral researcher at École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris (2012-2013). He trained for ordination at St Stephen's House. Jarred believes that theology is primarily for the enrichment of the Church and the benefit of the whole world. This means it belongs as much in the pulpit and pub as the university lecture hall. His passions include music, film, travel, books, books, books, politics, and raising young activists (i.e., his children: Noah, Owen, and Elspeth). His interests used to include rock climbing and backpacking, but proper grown-up life has gotten in the way of these things the past decade. Jarred is married to Chelsea, who is much more fun and likeable than he firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant CurateThe Revd Dr Jonathan Jong
Fr Jonathan Jong has been Assistant Curate at St Mary Magdalen's since 2014. Besides serving his curacy here, he is also Deputy Director of the Brain, Belief and Behaviour research group at Coventry University and Research Coordinator at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology here in Oxford. Prior to his arrival to Oxford, he grew up in Malaysian Borneo and then read experimental psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He has a minor obsession with dinosaurs.
For more information about Fr Jonathan's academic work, please visit http://www.jonathanjong.ninja
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Nigel Speight was Head of an English Dept, and ran a small Mail Order business for 20 years. He now runs two websites and remains a journalist. A graduate of St John’s, he had planned to marry there, only to find their chapel closed for refurbishment. They crossed the road to Mary Mags and found a lovely bunch of people at worship in a beautiful but quirky medieval building with magnificent music. The rest is history.
Director of MusicWill Dawes
Will Dawes is the Conductor of Bath Choral Society, Conductor of Henley Choral Society, Director of Ensemble 45, Chorusmaster for Ludus Baroque, and Director of Music at the church of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied Choral Conducting and Singing.
For further information, including forthcoming performances, please visit http://www.willdawes.co.uk
David Allen is an award-winning composer of film, theatre, choral and concert music. He has collaborated with and had works performed by the BBC Singers, Oxford Philomusica, the Royal College of Music and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, as well as having worked with several award-winning filmmakers. In addition to composition, David is frequently in demand as a conductor, pianist, and organist throughout the UK.
For further information, including forthcoming performances, please visit http://www.davidallencomposer.com/