The College of the Resurrection has four core members of teaching/research staff who share responsibility for the formation and pastoral care of our students.

Since our students undertake several modules at the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, you may also wish to find out more about the teaching staff there.

College lecturers

Fr Peter Allan CR

MA (Oxon), Principal
Teaches Moral Theology, Liturgical Music

Fr Peter joined the Community of the Resurrection in 1982 after serving in parochial ministry in the dioceses of St Albans and Oxford and as chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford. He studied music at Oxford and theology at the College of the Resurrection. His current research centres on the role of the western chant tradition in the articulation of Christian doctrine. He is sub-warden of the Guild of Church Musicians.

The Revd Dr Jennifer Cooper

BA (Toronto), MA (Ottawa), DPhil (Oxon),
Teaches Systematic Theology

Jennifer joined us in 2009 from Oxford University, where she is a member of the Faculty of Theology. She was Liddon  Fellow and senior college lecturer at Keble College and then lecturer in theology at St Benet’s Hall. She is currently Research Fellow in Theology at Campion Hall. Jennifer read theology and philosophy for her BA at the University of Toronto and for her MA at the University of Ottawa, with a research concentration in systematic theology. She took her doctorate at the University of Oxford, where her research was in contemporary theological anthropology. Jennifer has extensive pastoral experience in parish ministry, in the university and in working with homeless women. Most recently, she served as a priest in parish ministry in the Diocese of Bristol. Jennifer’s work addresses the nature of God, Christology, theological anthropology, sacramental theology and ecclesiology, particularly as handled in twentieth-century theology. Her most recent monograph, Humanity in the Mystery of God, is a study of the theological anthropology of Edward Schillebeeckx, published by T&T Clark in 2009.

The Revd Dr Ben Gordon-Taylor

BA MA PhD (Dunelm), BA (Leeds), FRSA,
Teaches Liturgical Studies

Ben joined  us in 2005 after serving in parishes in Cornwall and Northampton and then as Solway Fellow and chaplain of University College, Durham. He was educated at the universities of Durham and Leeds, gaining research degrees in history and in theology. His research interests include the concept of mystery in western liturgy, liturgical theology and the properties and function of liturgical text. As a former student of the college, Ben has been a companion of the Community of the Resurrection since 1995. His publications include contributions to the Mirfield symposium Priests in a People’s Church and Companion to Common Worship vols 1 & 2 (Alcuin Club/SPCK), as well as a number of journal articles and reviews. Since 2005, he has co-authored three Alcuin liturgy guides, and co-edited two recently published books; one on the life and thought of Walter Frere for Canterbury Press and the other entitled The Study of Liturgy – an Alcuin Guide. Ben is the Dean of Chapel and the Director of the Mirfield Liturgical Institute.

The Revd Dr Rowena Pailing
MA (Oxon), PhD (Birmingham)
Teaches Pastoral Theology and Church History

Rowena joined us in 2012 from Birmingham.  She read Classics and subsequently theology at Oxford, before undertaking doctoral research at Birmingham on the later writings of Augustine.  Her academic interests are the Early Church, Reformation, and pastoral theology. After training for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Rowena served in a variety of parishes and contexts, most recently as the incumbent of an inner-urban church in the culturally diverse and vibrant Handsworth area of Birmingham. During her time in Handsworth she also taught Patristics and co-ordinated a contextual theology project for Anglican and Methodist ordinands at The Queen’s Foundation.  She is committed to keeping a hand in parish life in order to understand the practical issues facing clergy today and has an active priestly ministry in a parish. Rowena is the Director of Pastoral Studies and is responsible for overseeing placements.

Support staff

The Revd Gill Johnson
College administrator and PA to the principal

Alan Speight
College bursar

Sandra Hawksworth
Academic registrar (part-time)