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Distance Learning Tutors

Dr Jill Gather

Dr Jill Gather is a Distance Learning Tutor of IOCS. She obtained a doctorate degree in Early Church History from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her particular interests within the field of Church History are early Christian asceticism, Christian anthropology & spirituality, as well as Eastern Christian & Byzantine studies.Arrow

Todd Godwin

Todd Godwin is a Distance Learning Tutor of the Institute. His interests are in “global Syriac Christianity,” the interaction between Syriac Christian culture and Iranian, Central Asian, Chinese, Indian and Muslim cultures between the Late Antique and Early Modern Period. Todd’s PhD thesis, done at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, was on the first Christian texts written in Chinese, which come from the East Syrian community and the seventh to ninth century in Tang Dynasty period China. Todd is interested in Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox relations, as well as Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox relations.Arrow

Father Patrick Ramsey

Father Patrick Ramsey is a priest-monk from New Zealand and a Distance Learning Tutor of the Institute. He is presently living in the UK to complete a PhD in theology in the area of patristic ecclesiology and he has previously obtained a Master of Theology in Orthodox Studies through the University of Wales, Trinity St David or Lampeter. His speciality is in ecclesiology, in particular the hierarchy of the Church and its clerical orders, on which he has completed his Master’s dissertation. He has also researched in liturgics and has been studying closely various 14th century liturgical manuscripts from Mt Athos and Constantinople. He has spent some time on Mt Athos where he has obtained a good understanding of spiritual life and practice. He has also a strong interest in history and patristics.Arrow

Dr Alexis Torrance

Dr Alexis Torrance, D.Phil. (Oxon.) is a Distance Learning Tutor of the Institute. Dr Torrance is a patristics scholar and the author of a recent monograph "Repentance in Late Antiquity: Eastern Asceticism and the Framing of Christian Life" (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Thessaloniki (Greece).Arrow