About Us




IOCS in the early days of the Institute

IOCS students and staff with Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, in the early days of the Institute.

Brief History

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies is the Orthodox house of theological studies in the ancient university city of Cambridge, England. It is a full member of the Cambridge Theological Federation and thus an Allied Institution of the University of Cambridge and a Regional Partner of Anglia Ruskin University.

The Institute was founded in 1999 with the blessing of all Orthodox hierarchs in Western Europe. IOCS rejoices in having among its guest lecturers and supporters such illustrious teachers as Metropolitan Kallistos of Diocleia, Metropolitan John Zizioulas, Fr Thomas Hopko, Fr. Prof. Andrew Louth, Archimandrites Symeon and Zacharias of St John the Baptist's Monastery (Essex), and the late Metropolitan Antony of Sourozh.

Serving the Orthodox Church

The Institute serves the Orthodox Church as a whole and is governed by a Board of Directors with representatives from the various Orthodox Churches in Great Britain. There is nothing quite like the Institute elsewhere in the world. Because it is pan-Orthodox, linked to a major international university, and contains both lay and ordained people, the Institute can serve the Orthodox Church in a unique way. Many people were involved in bringing the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies into existance and many others have assisted at various stages of the Institute's development. We are particularly grateful to the Institute's first Principal, Fr John Jillions, and to all those who have offered and continue to offer their time and energy to this growing venture.

IOCS was founded in 1999 with the blessing of