Dr David M Moffitt

Dr David M. Moffitt

Dr Moffitt came to St Andrews in 2013, having previously taught New Testament at Duke Divinity School and Campbell University Divinity School. Dr Moffitt’s research interests orbit around the various ways the earliest Christians understood Jesus and their own identities in relation to Jewish scripture, practices, and beliefs. His work is especially focused on the Epistle to the Hebrews and the strategies the text employs to interpret early Christian claims about Jesus’ person, death, resurrection, and ascension in high-priestly and sacrificial terms. His book on Hebrews (Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews) attempts to show that the Christology and Soteriology developed by the author rests upon his correlation of the basic narrative of early Christian proclamation (i.e., Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension) with the ritual process of the Yom Kippur sacrifices, the end goal of which was the restoration and maintenance of fellowship between God and creation (i.e., atonement). In addition to contributions in various edited volumes, Dr Moffitt’s publications appear in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der Älteren Kirche, Journal of Theological Studies, and Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Dr Moffitt has been a Fulbright Scholar (Germany 2006–2007). His book Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews was a recipient of a Manfred LautenschlägerAward for Theological Promise (2013). He has also received a British Academy Small ResearchGrant to engage in research on several mosaics depicting sacrifice located in and around Ravenna.

Dr Alan Garrow

Alan Garrow is Vicar of St Peter’s Harrogate and a Member of the Sheffield Centre for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. He has published widely in the field of New Testament studies and has a particular interest in how the New Testament texts were used in early Christian worship. More information about his research and writing is available at www.alangarrow.com.

Arun Arora

Bishop Arun Arora

The Bishop of Kirkstall, Arun Arora, was consecrated on Friday, July 15 2022 at York Minster.

Having originally trained and practised as an employment lawyer, Bishop Arun worked as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Birmingham and as press officer to Bishop Mark Santer.

He trained at Cranmer Hall, Durham and served his curacy while also acting as Director of Communications to former Archbishop of York Lord John Sentamu. After leading a Church in Wolverhampton, Bishop Arun served as National Director of Communications for the Church of England.

Bishop Arun’s appointment is a return to Yorkshire, where he served his curacy at St Mark’s Church in Harrogate.

“It is a joy and a privilege to be called to be Bishop of Kirkstall and to join the work that God is doing in Leeds. It is a particular delight to be returning to the Diocese where I was ordained and served my curacy, where my wife and I first lived and where our daughter was born,” said Bishop Arun.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Bishop Arun added: “I am a city boy at heart and am excited at the thought of serving an increasingly confident and growing church in this vibrant city. I’m looking forward to working with the churches of Leeds and civic, commercial, educational and cultural partners in a common cause to bless the city and its people.”

Nicola Slee

Professor Nicola Slee

Born and raised in a remote corner of North Devon, I grew up on a farm and could see the sea from my bedroom window; despite living most of my adult life in cities, this is still the landscape to which I naturally revert and am drawn. After 7 years of full-time study in Cambridge, I moved to London in 1984 to lecture at what was then the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education and then to Birmingham as Director of Studies for the Aston Training Scheme in 1993. I have worked in theological education for the past 30 years, both in higher education and ministerial formation contexts, combining this for a while with a freelance portfolio of writing, retreat work, spiritual direction and consultancy.

I came to Queen’s in 1997 for a term to finish my doctorate – and I’m still here! I have had a wide variety of roles in that time, encompassing teaching, personal tutorial work, acting as Programme Leader for the MA and, since 2014, Director of Research. In 2017, I was delighted to be appointed Professor of Feminist Practical Theology in the Faculty of Religion and Theology at VU Amsterdam, our partner university for doctoral degrees.  From July 2023, I have handed on the role of Director of Research to Dr Andrew Mein, and dropped my hours substantially, but I am still supervising my dozen doctoral students and supporting the work of the Centre for Research and Global Partnerships.  I continue to be research active and to convene the Symposium on the Faith Lives of Women and Girls.

I live in Stirchley (home of Jack Woolley, for Archers’ fans) with my partner and our cats (affectionately known as ‘the face of the divine’), and also spend regular time in my small cottage in North Devon.  I enjoy walking, swimming, gardening, music of many kinds, theatre, cooking and anything connected to poetry.