Emma Percy


I studied History in Cambridge and then Theology in Durham where I also trained for ordination. I was ordained deacon in 1990 and then priest in 1994. This was the year the Church of England first ordained women as priests and it has been a privilege to be part of that first generation.

I came to Trinity as the Chaplain in 2005, having previously been a vicar in Sheffield. As Chaplain I have oversight of the Chapel and the Chapel Choir; I organise the regular and occasional services in the Chapel, and offer pastoral care to the whole college community.

The Chapel is an Anglican foundation which welcomes people of all denominations, or none, to its services. We are an inclusive community and encourage open discussion about faith and ethics. I am always happy to talk to those who are exploring their faith or wanting suggestions for reading on particular topics.

The Oxford College Chaplains meet regularly with each other and with the Chaplains of other faiths. More information about Chaplaincy provision in the University can be found here.


It is perhaps not surprising that I have a strong interest in both feminist and practical theology. Whilst at Trinity I was able to study part-time for a PhD, awarded from Nottingham University in 2012. My doctoral research has provided the basis for my two recent books: an academic study, published by Ashgate in 2014, Mothering as a Metaphor for Ministry (2014), and a more popular book, What Clergy Do: Especially when it looks like nothing (SPCK 2014).

I continue to research, write and speak about theology and mothering, Anglican ministry and the theology of care. I am a committee member of Women and the Church (WATCH) and sit on a National Research Ethics committee as a lay member. Since January 2017, I am an Honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral.