Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

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Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Oxford SSPhilip&James south.jpg
51°45′52″N 1°15′51″W / 51.76444°N 1.26417°W / 51.76444; -1.26417Coordinates: 51°45′52″N 1°15′51″W / 51.76444°N 1.26417°W / 51.76444; -1.26417
Location Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Country United Kingdom
Website www.ocms.ac.uk/content/
Former name(s) Parish church of
SS Philip and James
Dedication SS Philip and James
Dedicated 8 May 1862
Consecrated 8 May 1862
Architect(s) George Edmund Street
Architectural type parish church
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1860–62, 1864–66 (tower and spire 1864)
Parish SS Philip and James with
St Margaret, Oxford
Deanery Oxford
Archdeaconry Oxford
Diocese Oxford
Province Canterbury

The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) is in the former SS Philip and James Parish Church on Woodstock Road, Oxford, England, opposite Leckford Road.[1] It was established in 1983.

The Centre exists to aid church leaders. It was founded by mission theologians from Africa, Asia and Latin America. OCMS offers taught Masters courses and PhD/MPhil research degrees. Its degrees are validated by Middlesex University; it is not part of the University of Oxford.[2]


The building was designed by the Gothic Revival architect George Edmund Street and built in 1860–62. Samuel Wilberforce, then Bishop of Oxford, consecrated it as the parish church of Saints Philip and James on 8 May 1862. The tower and spire, also designed by Street, were added in 1864–66.[3] It is a Grade I listed building.[4]

Immediately to the south is Church Walk, a pedestrian-only link between Woodstock Road and North Parade. On the south side of Church Walk is the former vicarage, 68 Woodstock Road, designed by Street's former assistant, Harry Drinkwater, and built in 1887. The vicarage is a Grade II listed building[5] and is now part of St Antony's College, Oxford.


  1. ^ Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
  2. ^ "Fees". Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. Retrieved 30 December 2016. The OCMS Research degree programme is a joint initiative between OCMS and Middlesex University. 
  3. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 297.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Philip and St James  (Grade I) (1047073)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "The Vicarage, 68, Woodstock Road  (Grade II) (1392940)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 


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