St Mellitus College

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St Mellitus College
Spire of St Mellitus in winter.JPG
Motto Theology in the context of worship, unity and mission.
Established 2007
Religion Church of England
Dean Andy Emerton
President Graham Tomlin
Assistant Deans Lincoln Harvey
Jane Williams
Founder Richard Chartres, John Gladwin
Location 24 Collingham Road
United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°30′38″N 0°03′38″W / 51.510461°N 0.060558°W / 51.510461; -0.060558
Gender Mixed
Social Media #smclife
Website St Mellitus College

St Mellitus College is a theological college established in 2007 by the Diocese of London and the Diocese of Chelmsford of the Church of England. It has campuses in Earl's Court, Chelmsford, Liverpool and Plymouth, with growing links with other churches, colleges and dioceses throughout the UK and beyond. The President is the Bishop of Kensington, Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, and the Dean is the Revd Dr Andy Emerton. St Mellitus College is a wholly non-residential college and has pioneered mixed-mode training within the Church of England, integrating academic theological study with ministry placements throughout the course of study.


Named after the very first Bishop of London, whose territory covered London and Essex, the college was founded in 2007 by the bishops of London and Chelmsford to serve the church’s mission in those regions and beyond. It has grown significantly since being founded, and moved into its own premises at St Jude's Church in Earl's Court in 2012, a building renovated specifically for this purpose. The centre houses a range of teaching space, rooms for pastoral care, academic and administrative offices, a growing academic library, space for hospitality and college worship. In 2013, St Mellitus North-West was established at Liverpool Cathedral, reestablishing an Anglican training college in that area for the first time in more than 40 years. This new venture is directed by the Rev Dr Jill Duff, in partnership with five dioceses in that area (Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester). In September 2017, St Mellitus South West will be launched, based in Plymouth under the direction of Rev Dr Donna Lazenby.

Organisation and purpose[edit]

The college offers courses for many different kinds of students, including:

  • Anglican ordinands looking for full or part-time training, including for self-supporting and pioneer ministry
  • Lay workers and licensed lay ministers (LLMs, also known as readers)
  • Undergraduate students on Certificate, Diploma and BA courses in Theology, Ministry and Mission, or Theology and Youth Ministry
  • Postgraduate students on the MA in Christian Leadership, or MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission
  • Church leaders from a range of denominations wanting to study theology and ministry more deeply
  • Those looking for an introduction to the study of theology, through the Beginning Theology programme, non-accredited study, or the School of Theology from SPTC
  • Those wanting to learn more about church planting, under the guidance of Associate Tutor, the Bishop of Islington, Rev Ric Thorpe

Name and link to college mission[edit]

Main article: St. Mellitus

The college is named after St. Mellitus, one of the least known but most significant figures in the establishment of the church in London and Essex – a key moment in the conversion of the British Isles. St Mellitus was sent to England by Pope Gregory the Great, following in the footsteps of St Augustine, who had made the same journey a few years before.

Publications by college members[edit]

  • Kierkegaard: A Single Life - Stephen Backhouse
  • The Widening Circle - Graham Tomlin
  • Looking Through the Cross - The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2014 (Bloomsbury Continuum) - Graham Tomlin
  • Am I My Brother's Keeper? - Mark Scarlata
  • A Brief Theology of Sport (SCM) - Lincoln Harvey
  • Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul - Reflections on the Work of Douglas Campbell, - ed. Chris Tilling
  • How God Became Jesus - including contributions from Chris Tilling
  • Theology and Economic Ethics: Martin Luther and Arthur Rich in dialogue (OUP) - Sean Doherty
  • The Only Way is Ethics - Sean Doherty

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Revd Mike Pilavachi, founder of Soul Survivor and Senior Pastor of Soul Survivor Watford
  • Revd Tim Hughes, worship leader, founder of Worship Central and Vicar of St Luke's Gas Street
  • Revd Andy Croft, Senior Pastor of Soul Survivor Watford


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