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The Rev. Justin Lewis-Anthony, Ph.D.

The Rev. Justin Lewis-Anthony, Ph.D. joined the VTS faculty in August 2013 and is the associate dean of students and director of anglican studies. He completed a Ph.D. in theology and film from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2012. His thesis examined the contrasting ways in which leaders and followers, teachers and disciples, are portrayed in the Christian tradition and in popular film, arguing that much of the expressed desire for “leadership” within the church has its origins within cultural rather than theological models. He also earned a M.A. in theology from Ripon College in 1997 and a B.A. in history from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1986.

Before joining VTS, Lewis-Anthony served 10 years as rector of St. Stephen’s Church, a large suburban parish in the city and diocese of Canterbury. He also held the position of precentor for Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford from 1998 to 2003. Ordained for more than 20 years, he has served the church in a variety of posts, from cathedral to parish ministry.

Currently, Lewis-Anthony also writes commentaries on matters of church and state for The Guardian. He also teaches undergraduate courses in in the theology and religious studies department at the University of Kent.

His published works include You Are the Messiah and I Should Know: Why “Leadership” is a Myth and Possibly a Heresy (Bloomsbury, 2013), Circles of Thorns: Hieronymus Bosch and Being Human (Continuum, 2009) and If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him: Radically Re-thinking Priestly Ministry (Continuum, 2009). He has also contributed a chapter in Moving On In Ministry (Church House Publishing, 2013), edited by Tim Ling.