Ridley Hall, Cambridge
House of Cambridge Theological Federation
|Motto in English||Mindful of Martyrdom|
|Named for||Nicholas Ridley|
|Sister college||Wycliffe Hall, Oxford|
|Principal||Michael Volland |
Ridley Hall is a theological college located in Sidgwick Avenue in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, which trains men and women intending to take Holy Orders, as deacon or priest of the Church of England and the ministry of other churches. It was founded in 1881 and named in memory of Nicholas Ridley, a leading Protestant theologian of the sixteenth century. The first principal was theologian Handley Moule, later Bishop of Durham.
Although not part of the University of Cambridge, Ridley Hall maintains close ties with the university and many of its students are awarded qualifications by the university Faculty of Divinity, as well as Anglia Ruskin University. Along with other training institutions Ridley Hall is now offering a significant number of Common Award qualifications, accredited by Durham University. Ridley Hall teaching tends towards an evangelical theology. It is one of four Church of England theological colleges (the others being St John's College, Nottingham, Trinity College, Bristol and Cranmer Hall in Durham) which self-identify as "Open Evangelical". The current principal of Ridley Hall is Michael Volland, succeeding Andrew Norman, who moved to become Direction of Ministry and Mission in the Diocese of Leeds.
It also is one of the five centres that host the Centre for Youth Ministry, a Christian youth Work training course, throughout the United Kingdom. The other four centres are situated in Oxford, Nottingham, Bristol and Belfast.
It publishes an academic journal Anvil.
Notable staff and alumni
- Jonathan Bailey
- Richard Bauckham
- Jeremy Begbie
- Andrew Briggs
- Christopher John Cocksworth
- Timothy Dudley-Smith
- Michael Nazir-Ali
- Gavin Peacock
- John Sentamu
- David Sheppard
- John Stott
- John Waine
- David Watson
- David Wenham
- Andrew White
- Jonathan Holmes
- Peter Owen Jones
List of principals
- Thus far, all the principals have been ordained Anglican clergy.
- 1881–1899 (res.): Handley Moule
- 1889–1907 (res.): Thomas Drury
- 1907–1927 (res.): Arthur Tait
- 1927–1945 (res.): Paul Gibson
- 1945–1950 (res.): Falkner Allison
- 1951–1963 (res.): Cyril Bowles
- 1963–1971 (res.): Michael Hennell
- 1971–1972 (res.): Francis Palmer
- 1973–1978 (res.): Keith Sutton
- 1978–1991 (res.): Hugo de Waal
- 1992–2001 (res.): Graham Cray
- 2001–2008 (res.): Christopher Cocksworth
- 2009–2016 (res.): Andrew Norman
- 2016-Present : Michael Volland
- The new Schaff-Herzog encyclopedia of religious knowledge, Volume 8, Funk and Wagnalls, New York and London, 1910, principal editor Samuel Macauley Jackson, p. 30, entry "Handley Carr Glyn Moule"
- FAQs - What does "Open Evangelical" actually mean? at Ridley Hall website. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
- Kings, 2003. "Canal, River and Rapids: Contemporary Evangelicalism in the Church of England" by Graham Kings, published in the journal Anvil Vol 20 No 3, September 2003, pp 167–184. Retrieved on September 9, 2006.
- http://www.centreforyouthministry.ac.uk Centre for Youth Ministry homepage.
- Hall web-site