About me

I’m a Christian, in the Reformed and Evangelical tradition of the Church of England, and an author of books and articles on the Bible, theology, Anglicanism, and church history.

I read Modern History at New College, Oxford. After working for St. Ebbe’s Church in Oxford for a while, I was a student on the Cornhill Training Course in London, with a placement doing student work at All Soul’s, Langham Place.

From there I went on to read Theological & Pastoral Studies at Oak Hill Theological College in London, staying on for a fourth year to continue (but sadly not finish) M.Phil. masters research into the Old Testament (intertextuality in Malachi).

After ordination, I served for three years as the Curate of St. Botolph’s, Barton Seagrave and St. Edmund’s, Warkton in the Diocese of Peterborough. Then for more than five years I was the Associate Minister of St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate in the City of London with responsibility for the Sunday Morning congregation and midweek groups as well as leading the Church Family staff team, and Reform London. While in London I also completed a ThM in Historical and Systematic Theology with Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, USA). I then spent three years researching 17th century biblical interpretation at Peterhouse and Tyndale House, Cambridge (where I was awarded the Lightfoot Scholarship and Archbishop Cranmer Prize). I got a PhD out of that, and since January 2013, I’ve been the full time Director of Church Society.

I’m married to Kerry and we have three children. In addition to founding an internet journal called Theologian, I am privileged to serve as a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Churchman and Studies in Puritanism & Piety, having previously served for Themelios, and as Editor of Foundations (2019).

I am on the Church of England Evangelical Council and the Council of Affinity. I’m a Trustee of the annual St Antholin Lecture, founder of the Toon Lecture, and a member of the Latimer Trust Theological Workgroup. In the past, I’ve taught 15-17th century church history to undergraduates and ordinands at Cambridge University, and been a Research Fellow at the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Nowadays, I am a Lecturer in Church History at Union School of Theology in Wales and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids.

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To relax, I greatly enjoy reading ancient Greek and Latin classics (Homer, Ovid, Juvenal etc), listening to New Order, Handel, and Canteloube watching sci-fi and spy-fi, and revelling in the genius of Manchester United (having lived 10 minutes from Old Trafford as a teenager). Frustratingly, my extended family supports Manchester City! I used to write songs such as Better Time and One Way Street, but my main claim to fame is that my brother Dean was once an actor (appearing for example in this Nat West advert).

If you want to say it right (which would be nice), Gatiss is pronounced Gate-iss and definitely not Gatt-is. If you can pronounce it with a North-eastern English accent you get extra brownie points (I’m originally from Durham). And the spelling is one tea, with two sugars. You might also find me blogging occasionally with others at Church Society, or over at Meet the Puritans, and Reformation21.