Michael Volland

The Reverend Dr Michael Volland

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Personal Background

Michael Volland

Before coming to Cambridge Michael was Director of Mission at Cranmer Hall, Missioner to the East Durham Mission Project; a group of 9 parishes in the east of the Diocese of Durham, and Acting Area Dean of Easington.

Prior to his ministry in Durham, Michael spent three years on the staff of Gloucester Cathedral, during which time he pioneered and led a fresh expression of church in the city centre. Before ordination training he spent six years engaged in parish-based youth ministry.

Michael has led a number of mission teams to Newquay in Cornwall and also spent a number of years on the worship planning team for Greenbelt Festival. He holds a commission in the Royal Army Chaplains Department (RAChD) and has served as chaplain to Durham Army Cadet Force.

Michael is married and he and his wife have three children. He enjoys surfing and has been a member of Christian Surfers UK for over twenty years.

Academic background and research interests

Michael undertook his doctoral studies at the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. His thesis was titled: ‘An Entrepreneurial Approach to Priestly Ministry in the Parish: Insights From a Research Study in the Diocese of Durham’. He maintains an ongoing research interest in the area of missional entrepreneurship and a version of his thesis was published by SPCK in 2015.

He holds a Durham University Learning and Teaching Award and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Association (AFHEA). He trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He has an MA in Youth Ministry and Theological Education from Kings College London. His first degree was in Fine Art.


Michael has published a number of books, chapters and articles, including: