Chaplain at Jesus College and member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. After degrees in Classics and Theology at Oxford and Cambridge, Megan completed her DPhil in Old Testament / Hebrew Bible with a project on ‘Prayers for Remembering in the Psalms’. Ordained in the Diocese of Coventry in 2006, she began serving the academic community at Jesus College in 2009. Her current research focuses on the composition of the Psalter, righteousness in the Psalms, and the Jerusalem Temple as a place of judgement as well as prayer. Besides her work in and through the Jesus College chapel, she is preparing a book on ‘A Psalm a Day’ for Lent, 2018, including original translations of 40 psalms, to be published by SPCK.



Brian Williams, Departmental Lecturer in Christian Ethics, University of Oxford, Lecturer in Theology, Jesus College, and Director of Oxford Conversations


Select Publications

‘Repeat the Song! The Psalms and the Eucharist’, in The Expository Times, 2016, Vol.127 (12).

‘The Semantic Field of “Remembering” in the Psalms’, in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2016, Vol. 41(1).

A Journey of Two Psalms: The Reception of Psalms 1 and 2 in Jewish and Christian Tradition’, in The Journal of Theological Studies, 2015, Vol. 66(1).


Academic Journeys


Journey into Academia and Ordination


How did you journey from Classics to ordination as an Anglican priest?


What surprised you when you started doing ministry?


How did you become Jesus College Chaplain and decide to study for a DPhil?


How did Classics prepare you for Biblical Scholarship?



Faith & Scholarship


What is the role of the chapel in colleges at the University of Oxford?


How do you facilitate inter-faith support and dialogue?


How do your academic and pastoral work complement each other?


Is scholarly research on Scripture detrimental to reading it for edification?


On the Joys of Franciscan Retreats



Scholarly Research


What is the nature of your doctoral research on the Psalms?


How does the discipline of Biblical Studies serve church, academy, and society?


How has your academic work on prayer informed your own practice of prayer?



Academic Advice


How do you manage a marriage of two priests?


How do you respond to academics feeling 'Imposter Syndrome'?