Dr Crispin Fletcher-Louis is a biblical scholar and teacher. He studied at Keble College, Oxford as an undergraduate when E.P. Sanders and N.T. Wright were University lecturers, and for his doctorate, under Chris Rowland (on angelology in Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles). He then taught in the Theology and Religious Studies departments of King’s College, London, Durham University and Nottingham University. In 2004 he took up an innovative position as Resident Theologian at St Mary’s Bryanston Sq., a thriving church in Central London, with a responsibility for training of emerging leaders and church planters. With growing demand for deeper theological teaching across the region, in 2006, together with John Peters (the Vicar at St Mary’s), Crispin spearheaded the creation of Westminster Theological Centre (WTC). The Centre grew steadily, establishing an agreement with the University of Chester to deliver accredited degree programmes and formed a partnership with the New Wine network of churches in 2009. WTC now has ‘Hubs’ in 9 locations in the UK and over 220 students.
In July 2012 Crispin stepped down as Principal of WTC and he is now engaged in research, writing and the development of new teaching material. He continues to provide informal teaching to local churches. His research and teaching focuses on the overarching shape of the biblical story (its key themes and theological questions). In particular, he writes about the nature of: human identity and purpose (theological anthropology), temple worship and spirituality (temple cosmology), apocalyptic and Jewish mysticism, Jesus’ identity (Christology) and the Gospel accounts of his life.
For more on Crispin’s academic work you can visit his webpage at academia.edu.
Crispin was raised in the United Reformed Church, was significantly impacted by an innovative club-culture church in his home city of Sheffield (the Nine O’Clock Service), and has worshipped in the Vineyard and Independent House churches and is an ordained Anglican.
He is married to Mary, whom he met at Keble, and has two children, Emily (who is a poppet) and Reuben (who is good at football but a fair weather follower of league champions).