Author of Thomas Cranmer's Doctrine of Repentance: Renewing the Power to Love (Oxford 2000), the Revd Canon Dr Ashley Null is an internationally respected scholar on the grace and gratitude theology of the English Reformation. Holding a MDiv and STM from Yale and a PhD and BD form the University of Cambridge, Ashley has received numerous academic awards for his work, including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships as well as being elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries in London. He currently holds a research post funded by the German Research Council at Humboldt University of Berlin and is a visiting fellow at the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University and St. John’s College, Durham University. His project is editing the private theological notebooks of Thomas Cranmer, the author of the independent Church of England’s founding formularies, for Oxford University Press. This is a five-volume project.
In addition to his scholarly activities, Ashley is an ordained Episcopal priest, Canon Theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas as well as the Anglican Diocese of Egypt. He has recently co-edited a popular book entitled Reformation Anglicanism: A Global Vision for Today’s Communion endorsed by both J. I. Packer and Rick Warren. He is a Senior Fellow of the Ridley Institute, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and teaches regularly in seminaries and churches in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia. Furthermore, having grown up in Kansas, he is the author of “Cowboys, Cowtowns and Cattle Trails” in 150 Years of Kansas Beef (Donning Company, 2011).
Finally, Ashley serves as a chaplain to elite athletes and coaches, helping them to integrate the Reformation's emphasis on the unconditional love and grace of God with their vocation as professional sportspeople. He is the author of Real Joy: Freedom to be Your Best (Haennsler, 2004) and served for six years as chairman of the Major Sport Event Chaplaincy Commission, a group which recommends Protestant chaplains for large international sporting events such as the Summer and Winter Olympics. Ashley himself is a veteran Olympic chaplain, serving most recently at Rio 2016. In Berlin, Ashley sits on the board of directors for the Arne Friedrich Foundation, and in Mexico is a regular speaker at the home builds organized by HopeSports.