Ralph Waller

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The Reverend Sir
Ralph Waller
Principal of Harris Manchester College, Oxford
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1945-12-11) 11 December 1945 (age 72)
Nationality British
Alma mater University of London
University of Nottingham
King's College London

Sir Ralph Waller KBE (born 11 December 1945) is a British academic and Methodist minister. He is Principal of Harris Manchester College, Oxford and Director of the Farmington Institute for Christian Studies. He currently serves as a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Ralph Waller was born in Lincolnshire and educated at the University of London (BD) and the University of Nottingham (MTh) and completed a PhD at King's College London with a thesis entitled James Martineau: his emergence as a theologian, his christology and his doctrine of the Church, with some unpublished papers (1987). He is a Master of Arts of the University of Oxford. He is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

He holds honorary doctorates from Menlo College (DLitt), Uppsala University (DTheol), Ball State University (DHum), Hartwick College (DD 2003), and St Olaf College (DHum).


  • Ralph Waller and Benedicta Ward, eds, An introduction to Christian spirituality (London: SPCK, 1999)
  • Benedicta Ward and Ralph Waller, eds, Joy of heaven: springs of Christian spirituality (London: SPCK, 2003)
  • Ralph Waller, John Wesley: a personal portrait (London: SPCK, 2003)
  • Ralph Waller, James Martineau revisited (Oxford: Farmington Institute for Christian Studies, 2004)

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