Brian Mountford
Brian Mountford

Brian Mountford MBE is a Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford and a free lance writer and speaker. Until 2016 he was the Vicar of the university Church in Oxford. He gives seminars on leadership and ethics for the Dutch Avicenna Academy for Leadership and is an experienced conference facilitator. He was appointed MBE for services to ecclesiastical history in 2016 New Year's Honours. In 2017 Brian became Publisher at Large for John Hunt Publishing's 'Christian Alternative' imprint.

His lates book is 'Friday's Child' - an anthology of poetry and prose relating to suffering and death, each accompanied by a short commentary.

Way back in 1968 he started out as a curate in Westminster and then Bayswater, central London, in the days when the Church of England was less divided, religion didn't feel so much under fire from secularism, and he could walk comfortably down Queensway in a cassock. Then he spent six years as Fellow and Chaplain of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, newly married, and at the time when women were first admitted to the college. After that he was appointed Vicar of Southgate in North London, not far from his childhood home. This was classic suburbia, ever so slightly soulless, and difficult to learn the names of streets that all looked the same.

Then followed a major ministry at the University Church, Oxford which has the dreamiest of all the Dreaming Spires, was the principal public building of the medieval Oxford University. Today it's the most visited parish church in England and a centre for public theology, having recently hosted talks by the BBC's John Simpson, Giles Fraser, Andrew Motion, Howard Jacobson, Philip Pullman and Philip Davis.

Brian was Founding Chair of the Gatehouse Drop in Centre for homeless people and a founding Trustee of Family Links, a charity that promotes emotional health amongst parents, children, in prisons and across cultural boundaries.

He lives in the village of Islip, a few miles from Oxford.


Books by Brian Mountford

Christian Atheist

Belonging without Believing

Jun 2011

Christian Atheists don't believe in God but miss him: especially the transcendent beauty of his music, language, ethics, and community.

Perfect Freedom

Jul 2005

"a reasonable, realistic introduction to ideas about [liberal] Christianity in the modern world" Kate Adie BBC

Happiness in 10 Minutes

Aug 2006

What philosophers and spiritual leaders have said about how to be happy.

Christianity in 10 Minutes

Jan 2006

An ABC of Christianity and its message

Friday's Child

poems of suffering and redemption

Feb 2018

Writing that connects those who have suffered, questioned meaning and struggled with pain, but found an ultimate hope.

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