Richard Duncan Turnbull (born 1960) was the Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, an Evangelical Anglican theological college which is part of the University of Oxford. He stepped down in June 2012 following a long running dispute.
Education and career
Turnbull was educated at the University of Reading (BA 1982) and St John's College, Durham (BA first class theology 1992, PhD 1997). He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1985. He also has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oxford (2005).
Turnbull has also been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England (1995-2005), chairman of the Business Committee of the General Synod (2004-05) and chairman of working parties that produced reports on clergy pay and the funding a theological education. He was a member of the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England (2003-05) and chairman of the House of Clergy of Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Winchester (2000-05).
Turnbull was appointed Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford in 2005. He teaches courses on Anglicanism, Anglican and Evangelical Identity and the Reformation. He is currently undertaking research projects in Evangelical spirituality and the future of Evangelicalism. He was a member of the committee that drafted the document "A Covenant for the Church of England".
In 2007, Turnbull controversially told a conference that 95% of Britons would go to hell unless the message of the gospel was brought to them. He was again at the centre of controversy when half of the academic staff left. Turnbull denied accusations that of homophobia and misogyny.
Turnbull is married to Caroline and they have four children.
- Anglican and Evangelical? (Continuum, 2007)
- 'Evangelicalism: the state of scholarship and the question of identity', Anvil 16:2 (1999)
- Eschatology and the Social Order: A Historical Perspective (Whitefield Institute Briefings 3:2, March 1998)
- 'Lord Shaftesbury', in Theologische Realenzyklopadie (1993)
- 'The emergence of the Protestant Evangelical Tradition', Churchman 107 (November 1993)
- The Guardian, 19 November 2008
- Church House Bookshop review of Anglican and Evangelical?
- Anglican Mainstream review of Anglican and Evangelical?
- Thinking Anglicans: Richard Turnbull speaks to Reform
- Wycliffe Hall, Oxford: Profile on Wycliffe Hall website
- List of Turnbull's publications
- University of Oxford Annual Review 2004/05: Heads of House
- Church of England Evangelical Council: Council Membership
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