The Rev. Dr. Benjamin John King
Assistant Professor of Church History and Director of the Advanced Degrees Program
B.A., Cambridge University , M.A., Cambridge University , Th.M., Harvard University, Ph.D., Durham University
Dr. King became Assistant Professor of Church History in the fall of 2009, one of the more recent additions to the faculty. He went to Cambridge University to study History and then to seminary there to study Theology. Dr. King was ordained in the Diocese of Massachusetts in 2000. Since coming to the US, he has attained a Master's in Theology at Harvard Divinity School, supervised by Sarah Coakley and, by distance learning, a Ph.D. in Theology at Durham University in the UK, supervised by Andrew Louth. From the fall of 2005, Dr. King was Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard University, where he also taught at Harvard Divinity School. As one of thirty-five chaplains from all different faiths and denominations, Dr. King learned the importance of knowing about world religions as the basis for robust inter-faith dialogue.
A winner of the 2011 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, Dr. King's highly acclaimed book, Newman and the Alexandrian Fathers, examines the influence of the earliest Christian theologians on the most prominent of nineteenth-century English theologians, John Henry Newman. King is an elected member of the board of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.