Dr Robert Ellis




The Revd Dr Rob Ellis


Rob Ellis has been Principal since 2007, having been Tutorial Fellow in Pastoral Theology since 2001. He studied theology at Regent’s as an undergraduate before spending a year on a scholarship programme in the USA, then returning to Oxford for doctoral work in philosophical theology. He served as a Baptist minister in Milton Keynes and Bristol, and was Tutor in Christian Doctrine at Bristol Baptist College before being appointed to the staff at Regent’s. He continues to serve on a number of denominational bodies and is currently a member of the Baptist Steering Group. 

As Principal he has overall responsibility for all students’ academic work as well as an interest and concern for their wider interests – social, sporting, and cultural. He also leads the various staff teams in college, and represent the college in the university and beyond. He teaches mainly on the MTh, BTh, and Theology Diploma courses.

Rob’s research interests are currently in the interface of belief and practice. He has published books on the theology of intercessory prayer, and in 2014 on theology and sport, in addition to articles on a wide range of subjects including theology and film. 

Originally from Cardiff, he is a keen rugby spectator. As well as sport, his interests include reading detective fiction, cinema, music, and current affairs. With his wife Sue and one of their adult children, and their spaniel Poppy, he lives on site in college.


Most Recent Publications:


  • The Games People Play: Theology, Religion and Sport (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2014).

  • Answering God: Towards a Theology of Intercession (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2005).

Articles in journals and edited collections:

  • ‘Film Noir,’ in ed. Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch, Biblical Reception in Film: A Handbook, (De Gruyter, forthcoming October 2015).
  • ‘The meanings of sport: an empirical study into the significance attached to sporting participation and spectating in the UK and US,’ Practical Theology 5/2, 2012.
  •  ‘”Play up! Play up! And play the game:” cricket and our place in the world,’ in eds. Stephen Finamore and John Weaver, Wisdom, Science and the Scriptures: Essays in Honour of Ernest Lucas (Bristol Baptist College and Centre for Baptist History & Heritage, 2012).
  •  ‘“Faster, Higher, Stronger” – Sport and the point of it all,’ Anvil 28:1, 2012.
  •  ‘Bringing out the Meaning: Deacy, Nolan, Scorcese and what films “mean”,’ in The Journal of Religion and Film, 13/2, 2009.
  • ‘Baptist Ministers as Leaders’ in ed. Pieter J. Lalleman, Challenging to Change: Dialogues with a Radical Baptist Theologian. Essays presented to Dr Nigel G. Wright on his sixtieth birthday (London: Spurgeon’s College, 2009).
  • ‘‘And the life everlasting’ – A Theological Reflection on Death & Dying,’ Transformation, 24/2, 2007.
  • ‘’Sliding Doors’ – Reflecting on Providence’ in Flickering Images, eds. Paul S Fiddes and Anthony J Clarke (Regent’s Park College Oxford and Smith & Helwys, Macon Georgia, 2005).
  • ‘Meaning in Movies’ in Flickering Images, eds. Paul S Fiddes and Anthony J Clarke (Regent’s Park College Oxford and Smith & Helwys, Macon Georgia, 2005).
  • ‘Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy: The Pastor and the Suffering God,’ in Transformation, 22/3, 2005.