Robert Ellis (academic)

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Robert Anthony Ellis (born 24 August 1956) is the Principal of Regent's Park College, Oxford, England.

Robert Ellis was born in Cardiff and educated at Regent's Park College, Oxford, and received his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1984. He is an ordained minister in the Baptist Union of Great Britain and has served congregations in Milton Keynes and Bristol. He is currently Principal of Regent's Park College, Oxford. Ellis also plays a major role in Training and Formation for Baptist Ministers' training at the College.

He has expertise in pastoral theology and systematic theology, the theology of intercession, and Christianity and culture - especially theology and film, and theology and sport. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Vatican-sponsored programme 'Sport at the Service of Humanity.'[1]

He delivered the McCandless Lecture at Georgetown College in 2005 and again in 2010.

He has been Moderator of the Baptist Union of Great Britain Ministry Executive, and currently serves on the Baptist Steering group and Baptist Union of Great Britain Council.

His nephew is the actor Tom Ellis.



  • Ellis, Robert A. (1984). Can God Act in History? A Whiteheadian Perspective (Ph.D.). University of Oxford. OCLC 499852545.
  • ——— (2004). Teaching Theology in the Academy: Preparing Men and Women for Ministry (Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education). University of Oxford.


as Editor[edit]

Chapters in books[edit]

  • ——— (2002). "Covenant and Creation". In Clarke, Anthony. Bound for Glory? God, Church and World in Covenant. Oxford: Whitley Publications. pp. 20–33. ISBN 0953974812.
  • ——— (2005). "Movies and Meaning: An Introduction to Reading Films". In Clarke, Anthony; Fiddes, Paul S. Flickering Images: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Oxford: Regent's Park College.
  • ——— (2005). "Pondering Providence: Sliding Doors". In Clarke, Anthony; Fiddes, Paul S. Flickering Images: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Oxford: Regent's Park College.
  • ——— (2009). "Baptist Ministers as Leaders". In Lalleman, Pieter J. Challenging to Change: Dialogues with a Radical Baptist Theologian - Essays presented to Dr Nigel G. Wright on his sixtieth birthday. London: Spurgeon’s College. ISBN 9780950068237. OCLC 700526743.
  • ——— (2012). "Play up! Play up! And play the game: cricket and our place in the world". In Finamore, Stephen; Weaver, John. Wisdom, Science and the Scriptures: Essays in Honour of Ernest Lucas. Bristol: Regents Park College. pp. 243–62.
  • ——— (2016). "Film Noir and the Bible". In Burnette-Bletsch, Rhonda. The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and its Reception in Film. Boston, MS: De Gruyter.
  • ——— (2017). "Help us to search for Truth: Baptists and Doing Theology". In Blyth, Myra; Goodliff, Andy. Gathering Disciples: Essays in Honour of Christopher Ellis. Eugene OR: Pickwick. pp. 1–25. ISBN 9781498231572.

Articles in journals[edit]

  • ——— (October 1981). "From Hegel to Whitehead". The Journal of Religion. 61 (4).
  • ——— (January 1982). "How Relative Should Theology Be?". Baptist Quarterly. 29 (5).
  • ——— (January 1985). "God's Adventure of Love: an introduction to some leading ideas of Process Theology, and their pastoral implications". The Fraternal.
  • ——— (April 1987). "God and History: an essay on the interface of theological and historical methods". Baptist Quarterly.
  • ——— (1989). "God and Action". Religious Studies. 24.
  • ——— (1990). "The Vulnerability of Action". Religious Studies. 25.
  • ——— (May 1992). "Preaching Christ Crucified". Epworth Review.
  • ——— (April 1999). "Gathered at the Table: Reflections on the Lord's Supper". Baptist Ministers’ Journal.
  • ——— (July 2000). "On a journey of the Spirit". Baptist Ministers’ Journal.
  • ——— (June 2001). "Movies and Meaning – an introduction to theology in secular film". Expository Times.
  • ——— (2005). "Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy: The Pastor and the suffering God". Transformation. 22.
  • ——— (2007). "And the Life Everlasting: A Theological Reflection on Death and Dying". Transformation. 24.
  • ——— (2009). "Bringing out the Meaning: Deacy, Nolan, Scorcese and what films "mean"". The Journal of Religion and Film. 13 (2).
  • ——— (2012). "Faster, Higher, Stronger: – Sport and the point of it all". Anvil. 28 (1).
  • ——— (2012). "The meanings of sport: an empirical study into the significance attached to sporting participation and spectating in the UK and US". Practical Theology. 5 (2).
  • ——— (Autumn 2015). "The Church as Praying Community". International Congregational Journal. 14 (2).


Academic offices
Preceded by
Paul Fiddes
Principal of Regent's Park College, Oxford
Succeeded by