Vice Principal: Janet Williams

About Janet

Janet studied Classics and Philosophy at Oxford University before competing a Masters Degree in Patristic Theology at Oxford, and a PhD in Religious Studies with the University of Winchester. A stint in investment banking in London and Tokyo was followed by a career in education, teaching Religious Studies, Theology, Classics, and Philosophy at universities and colleges in Japan and the UK. Ordained in Gloucester in 2009, she served as a Minister in Secular Employment before taking up leadership of the West of England Ministry Training Course in 2012. She joined St Hild as Vice Principal in summer 2018 and lives in Mirfield.


  • Seeking the God Beyond: A Beginner’s Guide to Christian Apophatic Spirituality (London: SCM, 2018)
  • ‘The Four Chalcedonian Adverbs’, in Twenty-First Century Theologies of Religions: Retrospection and Future Prospects eds E. Harris, P. Hedges and S. Hettiarachchi (Leiden: Brill, 2016)
  • ‘Going Beyond the Creator God’, in Buddhist-Christian Dual Belonging: Affirmations, Objections, Explorations eds. G. D’Costa and R. Thompson (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016)
  • ‘Dionysius the Areopagite and Maximus the Confessor’ in The First Christian Theologians ed. G. R. Evans (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)
  • ‘Speaking Judgment: An Investigation into some Theological Resources’ Theology Today 7/2002
  • ‘Judging Judgment: An Apophatic Approach’ Theology Today 1/2002
  • ‘The Incarnational Apophasis of Maximus the Confessor’ Studia Patristica 2001
  • Denying Divinity (Oxford: OUP, 2000)
  • ‘The Apophatic Theology of Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite’, Downside Review 7/1999 & 10/1999          

Research and Supervision Interests

Theology of Religions

Spirituality and Mysticism




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