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St John's College

 St John's College

About St John's College

Founded in 1909, St John’s College boasts a lively and diverse mix of students and is like no other Durham college.

Set in a series of beautiful listed buildings in Durham's historic heart, the College enjoys stunning views of the Norman Cathedral and River Wear.St John's is one of the smallest colleges, and is renowned for its welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

St John's has two distinctive yet engaged communities at its heart: a diverse community of undergraduates, postgraduates and academics studying for University degrees in all disciplines, and Cranmer Hall, a thriving Anglican theological college in which people are educated and formed for church leadership.

The College has a degree of independence within the University, both financially and in its governance. Our students study for University degrees alongside members of other colleges, but we have the freedom to do things a little differently.

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Wed, 25 October 20176:15pmAnnual Borderlands Lecture


Christopher Byworth

It is with sadness that the College learnt of the death of Christopher Byworth who was Warden of Cranmer Hall (1979-1983). The funeral arrangements for Christopher have now been finalised and the details are as follows:

Wednesday 13th September, 1.45pm at St. Paul’s Church, Skelmersdale, WN8 8ND followed by St. Helens Crematorium at 3.30pm.

We give thanks for his life and ministry and hold his wife Ruth in our prayers.

The Principal

(7 Sep 2017)

The Principal on Eschatology

The Principal contributes essay to new book on Eschatology. 

The essay is called:

The Accelerating Universe and New Creation: Christian eschatology in the face of scientific futility

It is published in 'Game Over? Reconsidering Eschatology'.

(7 Sep 2017) » More about The Principal on Eschatology

The Principal is in the US

The Principal is currently in the US where he is speaking about the relationship of science and theology. He did seven talks speaking to hundreds of people in Charlotte around the total eclipse, and then moved on to San Diego where he addressed the prestigious City Club.

He is now travelling to Western Carolina University and then the Headquarters of World Methodism at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina.

(25 Aug 2017)

Celebrating the success of St John's alumni

One of John’s former students, Charlotte Hurst, has won an award for Young Plant Scientist of the year for her PhD research in Dundee.

(9 Aug 2017)

Welcome to the new Cranmer Hall Tutor

Cranmer Hall is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Sarah Strand as our new part-time tutor.

The interview panel and the students who met Sarah were impressed with her pastoral, theological and team working skills, all of which are rooted in a disciplined, prayerful and mature faith. She expressed a clear calling to this role and demonstrated a real passion for training church leaders for the future.

Sarah is a Cranmer alumni, having completed an MA in Theology and Ministry in 2014. She lives in Redcar and is currently finishing a part-time curacy, having also served as a hospital chaplain during IME2. She is married to Matt who is Vicar of Kirkleatham and they are parents to Zachary, who has just turned one.

(9 Aug 2017) » More about Welcome to the new Cranmer Hall Tutor

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St John's College
3 South Bailey

0191 334 3500
St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.