Ridley Hall has been educating and forming men and women for leadership in the church since 1881, creating a community where wisdom can be pursued through study, prayer, and worship.

Ridley Hall excels in Christian leadership training, fostering a community deeply rooted in divine love and biblical wisdom. We welcome students from all backgrounds for a transformative educational experience, emphasising dual training for lay and ordained Christian leaders. This approach prepares our graduates to lead and serve effectively, embodying Christ-like virtues and actively spreading the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Study at Ridley

Our ways of working

At Ridley Hall, we blend traditional and innovative teaching methods within a collaborative community, fostering both academic and spiritual growth. Our approach equips students with deep theological knowledge and practical skills, preparing them to lead effectively in diverse contexts. This supportive, inclusive environment ensures a transformative educational journey, enabling students to make a significant impact in their communities and beyond.

Community

Learning

The Ridley Hall community fosters a nurturing environment where faith, wisdom, and leadership flourish. United by a shared purpose, students and faculty from diverse backgrounds support each other's growth, forming lifelong bonds and preparing for impactful Christian leadership through shared studies, worship, and service.

Wisdom

Growing in Wisdom

At Ridley Hall, wisdom is central, pursued through rigorous theological study, reflective prayer, and community engagement. This holistic approach deepens understanding and insight, equipping students to navigate complex moral landscapes and lead with integrity, embodying Christ-like qualities in all aspects of life and ministry.

Faith

Proclaiming Jesus

Faith at Ridley Hall is foundational, shaping every aspect of our community and curriculum. It drives our commitment to deep theological study, personal spiritual growth, and practical ministry training. This strong faith foundation prepares students to live out and share the Gospel confidently and compassionately in diverse settings.

Vision and Values

Ridley Hall is deeply committed to being a Christ-centred community, passionately guided by the Holy Spirit, where individuals are nurtured to grow in wisdom and actively prepare to proclaim Jesus Christ. Our mission is to provide rigorous training for both lay and ordained leaders from a diverse array of Christian backgrounds, thereby enhancing the renewal of the Church and contributing to societal well-being. We aspire for reconciliation through faith, aiming to restore communities and redeem neglected neighbourhoods through the transformative power of the gospel, which champions truth, justice, freedom, and new life across the globe.

Our educational approach integrates heartfelt worship and rigorous theological study in a supportive environment, empowering students to share Jesus' transformative love confidently with individuals, neighbourhoods, and communities. Looking forward, Ridley Hall is dedicated to evolving and growing under the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We aim to invest in our beautiful campus to provide a nurturing home for our expanding community of students, ensuring Ridley Hall's resilience in facing future challenges.

We cherish our open evangelical heritage and our longstanding commitment to excellence in teaching and learning alongside our vibrant relationships within both the Cambridge Theological Federation and the University of Cambridge’s Divinity Faculty. We value our daily communal practices of prayer, worship, shared meals, and joyful fellowship. Positioned in the heart of a historic university city, we are committed to serving God's mission in the world by forming people for a lifetime of loving service, empowered by the Spirit.

Ridley History

Named after the sixteenth-century martyr and Bishop of London Nicholas Ridley, Ridley Hall opened its doors in 1881 to train people eager to devote their lives to ordained ministry.

Under the leadership of the College’s first Principal, Handley Moule, the student body grew from an initial eight students to forty by the early 1900s. Ridley had become a thriving hub for ministry at home and around the world.

Early Years

Many of the College’s early alumni exercised their calling in Anglican parishes throughout Britain. But remembrance plaques in Ridley's chapel commemorate the willingness of others to follow Jesus wherever he led, even to the ends of the earth. Ridley’s alumni played a considerable role in helping to build the Anglican Communion, and have significantly influenced the Church and its mission ever since.

Ridley Today

Over the last century and a quarter Ridley has grown and changed, and we now prepare a diverse group of women and men of all ages to serve Christ in the Church through both lay and ordained ministry. We also offer a space for private study, spiritual renewal and refreshment to those taking a break from their careers or established ministries.

Ridley Hall People

Leadership

The Revd Prebendary Dr Isabelle Hamley

Principal
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Revd Rob McDonald

Dean of Academic Studies
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The Revd Fiona Green

Vice Principal and Dean of Ministry Students
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Tutors

The Revd Dr Rob Mcdonald

Academic Dean
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Lucy Anstey

Tutor in School Chaplaincy
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Rebecca Dean

Tutor in Youth Ministry
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The Revd Andrew Dunlop

Lecturer in Mixed Ecology Mission and Contextual Training & Tutor
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Dr Sarah Dunlop

Tutor in Practical Theology
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The Revd Dr Andy Byers

Tutor for New Testament
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The Revd Dr Olga Fabrikant-Burke

Lecturer in Old Testament and Tutor & Admissions Tutor for Ordinands
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The Revd Dr Andrew Goddard

Tutor in Ethics
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Dr Jo Griffiths

Director of Studies for Ministry
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Dr Kathryn Kissell

Associate Tutor in Pastoral Studies
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June Massey

Specific Learning Differences Tutor
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The Revd Dr Sally Nash

Ministerial Practice Tutor
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The Revd Chris Pemberton

Lecturer in Church History and Tutor
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Professor Andrew Parker

Associate Tutor for Sports Ministry
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Suzi Stock

Ministerial Practice Tutor Ridley Online
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Robin Barden

Director of Innovation and Director of Studies for Independent Students
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Support Staff

Fiona Bell-Williamson

Student Academic Administrative Services
layministry@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Andrew Chamberlain

Director of Development
development@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Helen Corley

Housekeeping Manager
hkc24@cam.ac.uk

Katie Bowers

Principals Administrator and Clerk to the Trustees
pa@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Dr Chris Grogan

Librarian
cg629@theofed.cam.ac.uk

Helena Keeble-Wright

Reception Manager and Retreat Coordinator
hk414@cam.ac.uk

Howard Milton

Head Chef
hgwm3@cam.ac.uk

Janine Stewart

Student Academic Administrative Services
jmps2@cam.ac.uk

Dr Jane Sinnett-Smith

CTF Digital Library Assistant
library@theofed.cam.ac.uk

Guoliang Zhang, ACCA

Director of Finance
accounts@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Lucy Thompson

Domestic Bursar
lgt26@cam.ac.uk

Tom Triggs

Premises Manager
tet31@cam.ac.uk

Matt Cooper

Marketing Lead
comms@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Dave Borlase

Director of Engagement, Ridley Hall
drb72@cam.ac.uk

Chaplains

Gail Adams

Chaplain
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The Revd Ian Adams

Chaplain
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Mike Kelly

Chaplain to Ridley Ministry Students
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Associates

The Revd Anne Aldridge

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Professor Richard Bauckham

Senior Scholar
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Dr Adrian Chatfield

Ridley Fellow
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Graham Daniels

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Padre Matt Coles

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Dr Steve Griffiths

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Dr Richard Higginson

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Dr Eeva John

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Dr Philip Jenson

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Anders Litzell

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Canon Jane Keiller

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Canon Dave Male

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Mark Rodel

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Dr Michael B. Thompson

Ridley Associate
mbt2@cam.ac.uk

The Rt Revd David Williams

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Dr Paul Weston

Ridley Fellow
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Dr Christie Gilfeather

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

The Revd Professor Jeremy Begbie

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.uk

Bekah Fairley

Ridley Associate
info@ridley.cam.ac.yk

Associates

Mark Spelman

Chairman

Andrew West

Trustee

Rt Revd Debbie Sellin

Trustee

Susan Pope

Trustee

Professor Simeon Zahl

Trustee

Revd Michael Bigg

Trustee

Kina Perrira Njamba Robertshaw

Trustee

Rt Revd Pete Wilcox

Trustee

Canon Andrew Roy Presland BSc Hons

Trustee

Revd Canon Rebecca Mary Dyball

Trustee

Kevin John Holmes

Trustee

Sibella Laing

Trustee

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