Wycliffe Hall announces the appointment of Jonathan Brant as their Dean for Research and Cultural Development and Director of the Renaissance Project

Oxford, United Kingdom - May 17, 2023 - Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, is delighted to announce the appointment of Revd Dr Jonathan Brant as the Dean for Research and Cultural Development and Director of the Renaissance Project. Dr Brant will play a pivotal role in advancing the institution's commitment to academic excellence, interdisciplinary research, and fostering cultural engagement.

Dr Brant brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role. With an extensive background in research and a deep passion for cultural development, he is well equipped to lead Wycliffe Hall into a new era of intellectual exploration and collaboration. He has taught and conducted research as a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion since 2014. He is the author of many popular and academic books and articles and his research and teaching interests lie in the fields of systematic theology; theology of arts and culture; virtue ethics (especially with respect to leadership); and the theory and practice of contemporary mission. He has served in mission and ministry for over three decades – in the United States, Latin America and the United Kingdom. Since completing his doctorate at Trinity College (Oxford) in 2008, he has served as the Oxford Pastorate Chaplain with overall responsibility for leading a team serving the postgraduate and research community.  He was ordained in 2011 and served his curacy at St Clement’s, Oxford.  He is also the Founding Director of the Oxford Character Project. 


His vision for the Renaissance Project, an endeavour aimed at promoting cross-disciplinary inquiry and cultivating a vibrant scholarly community, aligns perfectly with Wycliffe Hall's longstanding values of critical rigour, intellectual fearlessness, and excellence in teaching and research.

"I am delighted that Jonathan Brant will be heading up our Renaissance project. He brings expertise in film, experience in setting up and running ambitious programs, huge knowledge of Oxford and its strange ways! and superb communication skills. And he was once a student of mine, so is an inspirational example of hope over experience! We look forward very much to welcoming him to Wycliffe and working with him to implement this exciting vision," said Revd Dr Michael Lloyd, Principal of Wycliffe Hall.

Dr Brant will be taking on the Renaissance Project with a multi-faceted approach:

  • Fostering a New Renaissance of Christian Scholarship: Wycliffe Hall aims to establish itself as a crucible of the highest quality Christian thinking through its research endeavours. The goal is to provide wisdom and insights on contemporary issues by fostering excellence in research inspired by the Christian vision.
  • Mentoring a New Generation of Christian Academics: Recognizing the influential role that Christian academics can have across disciplines, Wycliffe Hall is dedicated to mentoring and nurturing young scholars. By encouraging them to integrate their faith with their research, the institution aims to develop scholars who are exceptional thinkers, inspiring teachers, servant leaders to their students and colleagues, and articulate witnesses of the Christian faith in their respective fields and faculties.
  • Establishing Wycliffe as a Centre for the Arts: Wycliffe Hall acknowledges the intrinsic connection between truth, beauty, scholarship, and the arts. In line with this belief, the institution aspires to become a vibrant centre for artistic expression. The arts have the power to shape imagination and beliefs, and Christian artists have a vital role in communicating the sanity and humanity of the Christian vision to contemporary society. Wycliffe Hall aims to foster artistic expression that expands and elevates the human spirit, enriching the cultural landscape.

"I am excited to be joining an excellent team and a flourishing, Christ-focused community at Wycliffe Hall,” says Dr Jonathan Brant. “And I'm grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the much needed and vitally important task of fostering a new Renaissance of Christian scholarship and culture.”

With the appointment of Dr Jonathan Brant as the Dean for Research and Cultural Development and Director of the Renaissance Project, Wycliffe Hall will embark on an exciting chapter of growth and intellectual exploration as part of its mission to see the nations transformed by the gospel. Wycliffe Hall hopes to achieve this as we strive to provide positive societal impact through Christian scholarship, mentorship, and artistic expression.

Jonathan Brant


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About Wycliffe Hall:

Wycliffe Hall is a Church of England theological college and a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The college is named after John Wycliffe, who was Master of Balliol College, Oxford in the 14th century. Founded in 1877, Wycliffe Hall provides a wide range of programmes taught within a Christian community, as well as theological training to women and men for ordained and lay ministries in the Church of England as well as other Anglican and non-Anglican churches around the world.