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Revd Dr Stephen Hampton

Revd Dr Stephen Hampton

Dean and Senior Tutor

Fellow in Theology


Dr Hampton was appointed Dean of Peterhouse in 2007. He is responsible for the Chapel services, and offers pastoral care to all members of the College community. In 2009, he became Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies: as such, he advises Peterhouse Theology students on their choice of papers and supervisors, and supports their academic progress. In 2012, Dr Hampton was appointed Senior Tutor of Peterhouse. In this role, he works as the College’s academic lead on all matters relating to teaching, discipline and pastoral welfare.

Dr Hampton is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity. He has taught and lectured for a number of papers in Christian Theology and Church History.

Dr Hampton’s own field of academic interest is Early Modern Theology, with a particular focus on the development of Protestant theology between the Reformation and the Enlightenment. He is delighted to hear from postgraduate students who wish to pursue research in that area, and has supervised PhDs on the sermons of John Owen, and on John Owen’s commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews.

Dr Hampton’s principal publications include: Anti-Arminians: The Anglican Reformed Tradition from Charles II to George I (Oxford University Press 2008), ‘Richard Holdsworth and the Antinomian Controversy’ (Journal of Theological Studies 2010), ‘The Manuscript Sermons of Archbishop John Williams’ (Journal of Ecclesiastical History 2011), ‘ “Welcome dear feast of Lent”: rival understandings of the Forty-Day Fast in Early Stuart England’ (Journal of Theological Studies 2012). He has also contributed chapters to major international collaborative studies: the Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 (Oxford University Press, projected 2014/15) and the Oxford History of Anglicanism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Dr Hampton is a Trustee of the Nikaean Ecumenical Trust, which offers grants to support study in the UK by members of overseas churches. He has a particular interest in ecumenical relations between the Church of England and the other Reformed churches.

Before he came to Peterhouse, Dr Hampton was Senior Tutor of St John’s College in Durham, where he also served as a Minor Canon of Durham Cathedral. He has also worked as a Chaplain in Oxford and as an Assistant Curate in St Neots.

Subject area and speciality

Christian Theology specialists:
  • Early Modern Theology: the Trinity,  Christology, Justification, Grace and Free Will
History of Christianity specialists:
  • The Church of England c.1600 to c.1720


Dean, Senior Tutor

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