Professor Spinks teaches courses on marriage liturgy; English Reformation worship traditions; the eucharistic prayer and theology, Christology, and liturgy of the Eastern churches; and contemporary worship. Research interests include East Syrian rites, Reformed rites, issues in theology and liturgy, and worship in a postmodern age. His most recent books are The Worship Mall: Liturgical Initiatives and Responses in a Postmodern Global World, published by SPCK (London 2010; New York 2011), and Do This in Remembrance of Me: The Eucharist from the Early Church to the Present Day, SCM Press (London 2013). He coedited, with Teresa Berger, The Spirit in Worship—Worship in the Spirit (2009) and Liturgy’s Imagined Past/s. Methodologies and material in the Writing of Liturgical History Today (2016). Other recent publications “Durham House and the Chapels Royal: their liturgical impact on the Church of Scotland”, in Scottish Journal of Theology 63 (2014) and “Much Ado about Nothing (on): Nudity and Baptism in Ravenna Revisited” in Anaphora 7 (2014). He is currently writing two essays for the Oxford History of Anglicanism, and another on the revival of liturgical forms in the nineteenth-century Church of Scotland. He has been invited to write the 2017 volume for the Alcuin Club on The Book of Common Prayer from Elizabeth I to the 19th century. Professor Spinks is the current president of the Society for Oriental Liturgy, former coeditor of the Scottish Journal of Theology, a former member and consultant to the Church of England Liturgical Commission, president emeritus of the Church Service Society of the Church of Scotland, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of Churchill College, Cambridge. He is a regular Sunday Presbyter in the Middlesex Area Cluster Ministry. Professor Spinks is a fellow of Morse College.
B.A. (Hons), Dip.Th. University of Durham; M.Th. University of London; B.D., D.D. University of Durham