Distance Learning Tutors

Revd Dr Demetrios Bathrellos

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 Liviu Barbu

Revd Dr Liviu Barbu is a Distance Learning Tutor at IOCS. Father Liviu has also taught and supervised at postgraduate level in the fields of contemporary Orthodox Theology, Systematics, Practical and Pastoral Theology. He is an Orthodox priest, Rector of Martyr Philothea and Saint Bede Parish in Norwich. Father 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.


Todd Godwin

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.


Father Patrick Ramsey

Father Patrick Ramsey

Father Patrick Ramsey is a priest-monk from New Zealand, who is now serving in the UK in the Western Rite Vicarate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. He earned a PhD from Winchester University in Orthodox Theology in the field of ecclesiology with a thesis presenting a model of the Church based on relationships within the Church. Previously, he graduated with a MTh in Orthodox Theology from the University of Wales, Trinity St David. His Master’s thesis, on the Clergy of the Church focusing on the “minor orders” and deaconesses, has been published as a book and translated into Romanian and Greek and received a good review. His special interests are in the hierarchies of the Church particularly the relations of the primary bishops in the Church but also extending down to relations with local churches and parishes and also that of monasteries and families, and in the Trinity, especially in regard to the intra-Trinitarian relations. He has a deep interest in the liturgy and enjoys studying medieval and pre-medieval liturgical manuscripts of both eastern and western liturgical rites. He has spent time on Mt Athos gaining experience of monastic spiritual life and practice.


Revd Dr Alexander Tefft

Revd Dr Alexander Tefft is Chaplain at IOCS and a Tutor for the Distance Learning Courses.

A graduate of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in the USA, he is Parish Priest of the Orthodox Parish of Saint Botolph, meeting at St. Botolph-Without-Bishopsgate, London, near Liverpool Street. He is Assistant to the Dean of the Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland and theological advisor to its ordination committee.

A Canadian resident in London, Fr. Alexander has served in parishes of both Slavic and Byzantine tradition. He has been a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University and has taught Orthodox dogmatics and history in Canada, the USA, and the UK since 1991.

His main research interests focus on ecclesiology, specifically the dogmatic foundations of the Orthodox Church and the heresy of phyletism, the concept of a national church. Since 2004, he has been a tutor at the Institute and taught the MA in-house course on Orthodox apologetics.