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Degrees and Honours

Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts (University of Durham); Master of Theology (University of Oxford); Fellow of the Royal College of Organists; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


Adrian has been an ordained Anglican priest for over 30 years, latterly serving as Vicar of the University Church in Cambridge, better known as Great St Mary's. He now works for the Church of England at its London headquarters as Cathedrals and Major Churches Officer. He is a tutor in the college, and involved in college life in a variety of ways.

Adrian is a graduate of the Universities of Durham and Oxford. After his ordination in 1992 Adrian served as a curate in Lichfield, as a Team Vicar on a housing estate in Stafford, and then as vicar of a large post-industrial parish in Walsall. He then spent seven years as a Residentiary Canon at Coventry Cathedral before spending eight years in the Diocese of Oxford as Rector of Woodstock and Bladon, Area Dean of Woodstock, and Assistant Archdeacon of Dorchester.

A keen musician and a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, for a few years Adrian could be heard at the organ in episodes of BBC R4’s The Archers. As well as music, he loves sport (especially squash and cricket), literature, theatre and cinema, and travelling at home and abroad. He has published on the spirituality of Julian of Norwich, liturgy and worship, and the theology of sacred space. Adrian is married to the Rev’d Dr. Megan Daffern, a Hebrew scholar who is currently serving as Dean and Director of Studies in Theology at Gonville and Caius College.