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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Dr Samuel Tranter

Sam is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Lecturer in Doctrine and Ethics at Cranmer Hall, having joined the team in the summer of 2020. Within this role, he is responsible for overseeing the Durham MA in Theology and Ministry and (with Prof Pete Ward) co-directing the Durham Doctor of Theology and Ministry programme.

His research, supervision, and teaching are in the areas of doctrinal, moral/political, and practical/pastoral theology – often at the interfaces of these disciplines, and always as they are informed by Scripture and tradition, and the practice of the Christian life.

In terms of background, Sam is Lancastrian (so too in sporting allegiances, come rain or shine – or more rain), but comes from a mission and ministry family and spent much of his childhood in Asia (Bhutan and Indonesia) and around the UK. He came to a personal response to God’s gentle, persistent call as a teenager following a period of serious illness and some months in hospital.

Sam studied for his first degrees in theology in Aberdeen, where he also met his wife, Alex McKay, who at that time discovered a vocation in work with adults with learning disabilities. A little later Sam came to Durham to undertake AHRC-funded doctoral research, which eventuated in the publication of a book based on the thesis, entitled Oliver O’Donovan’s Moral Theology: Tensions and Triumphs (London/New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2020). Sam and Alex have two daughters, Aithne and Edith.

Sam’s first steps in teaching, during doctoral studies, were in the North East, at Lindisfarne College of Theology; more recently he taught at St Hild College, Yorkshire. In between, Sam and his family spent a year in Southeast Asia, where he was Lecturer in Theology and Pastoral Tutor at an Anglican/ecumenical theological college.

Sam is an Associate Director of Durham’s Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies and served from 2019–21 on the Committee of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, as Conference Secretary. He has reviewed books for journals including Studies in Christian EthicsAnglican Theological ReviewIrish Theological QuarterlyThe Expository TimesScottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, and Reviews in Religion and Theology. For an example of some earlier published work, see the co-authored article ‘Ethnography, Ecclesiology, and the Ethics of Everyday Life: A Conversation with the Work of Michael Banner’, Ecclesial Practices 5 (2018): 157–71.

He can be contacted at samuel.tranter@durham.ac.uk .

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