Ian Wallis

About Ian

Ian holds degrees in Biblical Studies from Sheffield (BA, PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt) Universities. Following a curacy in Armthorpe, Doncaster, and a chaplaincy at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, most of his ministry has been parish-based, serving as Rector of Houghton-le-Spring in the Diocese of Durham and Vicar of St Mark’s Broomhill, Sheffield. Ian has taught New Testament and early Christian origins at Cambridge and Durham Universities, as well as on various ministry training programmes, including the Yorkshire Ministry Course where he served as Principal.  Drawing on academic research and personal experience, he has spent over 30 years helping church communities relate contemporary Christian practice to the original impulse of faith embodied in Jesus.  Currently, Ian lives near Holmfirth with his wife Liz and their Golden Retriever, Cari.



  • The Faith of Jesus Christ in Early Christian Traditions (Cambridge: CUP, 1995 & 2005).
  • Holy Saturday Faith: Rediscovering the Legacy of Jesus (London: SPCK, 2000).
  • The Reluctant Patient: A Journey of Trust (Winchester: Circle Books, 2014).
  • The Galilean Wonder-Worker: Re-assessing Jesus’ Reputation for Healing and Exorcism (in preparation)
  • ‘Christ’s Continuing Ministry of Healing’, The Expository Times 104 (1992), pp 42-5.
  • ‘Jesus, Human Being and the Praxis of Intercession’, Scottish Journal of Theology 48 (1995), pp 225-50.
  • ‘Jesus the Believer’, Modern Believing 36 (1995), pp 10-17.
  • ‘Theological Education through the Eyes of Faith Development: Towards a Critical Appraisal’, British Journal of Theological Education 7 (1995), pp 22-30.
  • Commentary on the Gospel of Mark, Guidelines to the Bible (Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship, 1997-98).
  • ‘Miracles’ and ‘Lord’s Supper’ in The Complete Bible Handbook, edited by John Bowker (London: Dorling Kindersley, 1998 & 2004).
  • Commentary on the Lord’s Prayer, Guidelines to the Bible (Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2002).
  • ‘“Before Big Bang” - Echoes of Jesus in the faith of his followers’, Theology 106 (2003), pp 12-19.
  • ‘The Last Supper as Jesus’ Last Will and Testament’, In Illo Tempore 25 (2004), pp 3-17.
  • ‘Mark among the Soaps: Making Jesus visible within church and community’, in Mark: Gospel of Action, edited by John Vincent (London: SPCK, 2006), pp 188-97.
  • ‘Relating Mark’s “stilling of the storm” pericope (Mark 4.35 – 41) to discipleship today: an experiment in resurrection faith’, Theology 111 (2008), pp 346-51.
  • ‘Waking the lively dead man’, in Stilling the Storm: Contemporary Responses to Mark 4.35-5.1, edited by John Vincent (Blandford Forum: Deo, 2011), pp 107-12.
  • ‘Giving Place: Exploring Christian Hospitality’, in Fear and Friendship: Anglicans Engaging with Islam, edited by Frances Ward & Sarah Coakley (London/New York: Continuum, 2012), pp 105-17.
  • ‘Eating with Jesus,’ in Acts in Practice, edited by John Vincent (Blandford Forum: Deo, 2012), pp 33-41.
  • ‘Readings in Luke (1)’ in Words for Today 2013, edited by Nicola Slee (Birmingham: International Bible Reading Association, 2012), pp 92-98.
  • ‘New directions in Jesus studies,’ in Theology 117 (2014), pp 349-56.
  • ‘The Farewell Discourses as Retrospective Testimony,’ in The Farewell Discourses, edited by John Vincent (Blandford Forum: Deo, 2015), pp 55-64.
  • ‘Awakenings,’ in Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox, by Grace Davie (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015, 2nd edn), pp 85-86.
  • ‘Why Mark wrote a Gospel: taking another look,’ Modern Believing 57 (2016), pp 47-56.
  • ‘Maintaining the Radicality of Jesus,’ in Radical Christianity: Roots and Fruits, edited by Chris Rowland and John Vincent (Sheffield: Urban Theology Unit, 2016), pp 38-54.


Research and Supervision Interests

  • Historical Jesus
  • Christian origins
  • Gospels – canonical and apocryphal
  • Healing and wholeness
  • Nature of faith
  • Hermeneutics and biblical interpretation