The Revd Dr Nicholas Wood

The Revd Dr Nicholas Wood

Dean & Tutorial Fellow in Religion and Culture

Nicholas Wood is Tutorial Fellow in Religion and Culture and Director of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, a project of the College and a recognised Centre of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. He is a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion.


Research Interests


Religion, Culture and Society

Inter-Religious Dialogue

Religions in South Asia

History, Theology and Practice of Christian Mission

Rural Church

The Theology of Play


General Interests


Following undergraduate studies in Theology and Religions, Dr Wood taught Religious Studies and Sociology in high schools in Coventry and London for ten years before coming to Regent’s Park College to prepare for Baptist ministry and to pursue further postgraduate study. After eleven years in pastoral ministry in two Oxfordshire churches he returned to Regent’s, where since 2000, he has been Tutorial Fellow in Religion and Culture, Director of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture and Director of Studies for the MTh in Applied Theology. He contributes to the Pastoral Studies programme for ministerial students, teaches papers in the Study of Religions for undergraduates, and supervises several Masters and doctoral students in these fields.


Since 2006 he has been the college Dean, responsible for the oversight of welfare provision and disciplinary processes within the college community. He is active in inter-faith relations, serving as a Vice-President of the national Christian Muslim Forum (of which he was Free Churches President 2006-2012) and as Vice-Moderator of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Baptist-Muslim Relations. He relaxes by watching sport, especially cricket.


Recent Publications


Faiths and Faithfulness: Pluralism, Dialogue and Mission in the work of Kenneth Cragg and Lesslie Newbigin (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2009)


Various Articles for the Dictionary of European Baptist Life & Thought, ed. J. Briggs, et al. (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009)


‘Witness and Dialogue’, in H. Boulter, ed., Pursuing the Friendship of Strangers: Intra-faith Dialogue about Inter-faith Dialogue (Oxford Diocesan Committee for Inter-faith Concerns, 2009)


‘Introduction’, in A. R. Cross and N. J. Wood, eds, Exploring Baptist Origins, Baptist Heritage 1 (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2010)


‘Free Churchman, Bishop, Missionary Ecumenist’, in R. Tiwari and B. Sahu, eds, Sounds of Silence (Delhi: ISPCK, 2010)


Ed. Good Neighbours: A Study Guide on Living in a Multi-Faith Society (Didcot: Joppa Group/Baptist Union, 2010)


With G. Crippen, ‘A Future in the Countryside for the Free Churches?’, Rural Theology, 10.2 (2012)


‘Pity, Humanity and Christianity? The Work of William Carey in Postcolonial Perspective’, Baptist Quarterly, 44 (2012)


‘The Encounter between Western and Eastern Religions and Cultures’, Review & Expositor, 111.1 (2014)


‘Play, the Origins of Culture, and the Formation of a Christian Mind’, in A. Clarke, ed., For the Sake of the Church: Essays in Honour of Paul S. Fiddes (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2014)