His Grace Ignatie Muresanul is a Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Church and has responsibilities for the Romanian congregations in the British Isles. His Grace holds a PhD from the University of Bucharest on the theme of 'St Gregory Palamas and the Doctrine on Uncreated Energies'. He is also currently pursuing a doctorate with the University „Ethniko Kapodistriako” of Athens, working on a thesis on 'The Contribution of Contemporary Romanian Theologians to Inter-Christian dialogue'.
Revd Dr Demetrios Bathrellos is a Visiting Professor and Distance Learning Tutor for the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies. Father Demetrios received his doctorate in Systematic Theology from Kingís College, London and is the author of The Byzantine Christ: Person, Nature and Will in the Christology of St. Maximus the Confessor (Oxford: OUP, 2004).
Revd Dr John Binns is a Visiting Professor of the Institute and Vicar of Great St Mary's the University Church Cambridge. He is an Anglican priest with a long commitment to building understanding between churches of east and west. He studied at the Serbian Orthodox Theological Faculty at Belgrade (1972); and was awarded a PhD degree by Kings College London for his thesis on Cyril of Scythopolis (1986). He has been Chair of Trustees of the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, and was a founding director of the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies. His publications include Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ, the Monasteries of Palestine 314-631 (OUP 1994) and An Introduction to the Christian Orthodox Churches (CUP 2002). As Visiting Professor he is initiating a research programme on Ethiopian Christianity.
Revd Prof Nikolaos Loudovikos is a Visiting Professor of the Institute. Father Nikolaos is President of the University Ecclesiastical Academy of Thessaloniki, for which he also teaches Systematic Theology, and a Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Winchester. In addition to his numerous scholarly publications, he is known through frequent contributions in newspapers and appearances in radio and television programmes. His most recent publications include 'The strive for participation: Thomas Aquinas and Gregory Palamas' (forthcoming); 'A eucharistic ontology: Maximus The Confessor’s eschatological ontology of being as dialogical reciprocity' (2010); 'The terrors of the person and the ordeals of love: critical thoughts for a postmodern theological ontology' (2009); 'Theopoiia: postmodern theological aporia' (2006); 'Orthodoxy and modernization: Byzantine individualization, state and history in the perspective of the European future' (2006).
Dr Marcus Plested, MA M.Phil D.Phil (Oxford) is a Visiting Professor of the Institute. He is currently an Associate Professor of Greek Patristic and Byzantine Theology at Marquette University, US. Dr Plested was schooled in London and went on to read Modern History followed by Theology at Merton College, Oxford. He took his doctorate from Oxford in 1999 with a thesis on the Macarian Homilies supervised by Bishop Kallistos (Ware). He has been at the Institute since 2000. Dr Plested has taught, lectured, and published widely in the field of Orthodox Christian studies. His most recent book is The Macarian Legacy: The Place of Macarius-Symeon in the Eastern Christian Tradition (Oxford: OUP 2004). Other research interests include the understanding of wisdom in the Christian tradition and the interaction between western and eastern theological traditions. He was received into the Orthodox Church in 1992.
Rev Archimandrite Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos is Visiting Lecturer at IOCS. He studied Social Theology at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and completed a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology at St. Mary’s University College of London. Currently, he is undertaking Doctoral Research at Heythrop College specializing on Muslim-Christian Relations in South-eastern Europe. His main research areas are Muslim-Christian relations, Eastern Christianity, Orthodox Liturgy and Canon Law and Koine Greek and Orthodox worship. He is an Orthodox priest, under the authority of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and since his ordination in 1996 he has been serving at various parishes in Greece, Turkey and Great Britain. He worked as Religious Education Teacher at British Secondary Schools, as Healthcare Chaplain for the British National Health System and as a Lecturer at South London Christian College teaching New Testament Greek and Christian Ethics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Currently he is working as Visiting Lecturer in Ecclesiology and Liturgy at St. Mary’s University College. He is a member of the Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust and of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Theologians. He has contributed with papers at National and International Conferences in UK, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Palestine and Lebanon.
Revd Dr Liviu Barbu is Visiting Lecturer and Distance Learning Tutor at IOCS and an Orthodox priest, Rector of Martyr Philothea and Saint Bede Parish in Norwich. Fr Liviu earned a PhD in Theology from King's College London and has lectured and published on Pastoral Theology, in particular on spiritual direction and formation in the Eastern Orthodox tradition.
Dr Christine Mangala Frost, B.A.Hons. (Delhi), MA (Osmania), PhD (Cantab), is a Research Associate, guest lecturer and Distance Learning Tutor for the IOCS. A member and former Director of the IOCS, she has served on the organizing committee of The Way, as contributor and editor of the box-set of videos and DVDs of this internationally adopted programme for teaching the Orthodox faith. A convert from Hinduism, her writings, lectures and broadcasts explore inter-faith issues. Currently, she is preparing a book entitled: The Beauty of Holiness: Hinduism from an Orthodox Christian perspective. As Christine Mangala, she has published two novels, The Firewalkers (shortlisted for theThe Deo-Gloria Award and the Commonwealth First Book prize) and Transcendental Pastimes; the novels explore what religious beliefs mean in human terms. Her third novel, Looking for a Kingdom, is to be released soon.
Revd Dr Christopher Knight is a Research Associate of the Institute. Fr.Christopher is the parish priest of the Church of the Holy Transfiguration, Great Walsingham, Norfolk, and works as the Executive Secretary of the International Society for Science and Religion. His main theological interest is in the relationship between theology and the sciences, on which he has written numerous papers and two books in the Fortress Press's "Theology and the Sciences" series: "Wrestling With the Divine: Religion, Science, and Revelation" (2001) and "The God of Nature: Incarnation and Contemporary Science" (2007, also available in a Romanian translation published by Curtea Vechia in 2009). These books were aimed mainly at a Western Christian audience, but he is at present working on a book for a predominantly Orthodox audience: "Science and the Orthodox Christian: A Guide for the Perplexed", based in part on his chapter, "Natural Theology and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition" in the recently-published "Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology"
Dr Philip Gorski is a Research Associate of the Institute. He has taught at the Universities of London (Goldsmiths') Loughborough and Nottingham Trent. His Doctorate (The University of Nottingham) was entitled 'Holy Foolishness, Russian Literature and Christianity'. Dr Gorski has published in the areas of Russian Literature, English Literature and Orthodox Christianity. He is currently researching into Richard Rolle, the English medieval mystics and the eastern Orthodox tradition. He is a member of the Orthodox Parish of St Aidan and St Chad, Russian Tradition, Nottingham, Ecumenical Patriarchate. He is also an Associate of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity (Community of the Servants of the Will of God) Crawley Down, Sussex.
Dr Alexandra Antohin is a Research Associate of the Institute. She has recently completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at University College London. For her doctoral studies on the patterns of community organizing around the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, she conducted 16 months of research in Dessie (an urban centre 400 km north of the capital). Topics that were explored included the centrality of the covenant as a prevailing principle in narrative, ritual, material and social spheres; the culture of commemoration, such as popular observance of feast and fast; and the role of lay associations in mobilizing diocese projects and church expansion. Alexandra has been dedicated to cross-comparative studies of Orthodox Christian societies, which has included previous research on the scaling up of the Russian Orthodox Church in the context of post-soviet Magadan (Russian Far East). Broader research interests concentrate on urban studies, pluralism and multiculturalism, religion and the state, domains of ritual and performance, scholarship on cultural innovation and creativity, and the anthropology of religion. For more information, see http://antohin.sellassie.net.