Rev. Dr James Siemens


B.A., B.Th., M.Div., Ph.D., Lic.DD., F.R.Hist.S.

Fr James Siemens was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and undertook his initial undergraduate work at the University of Manitoba in Religious Studies and History. At the behest of his then-archbishop, he moved to Montréal where he undertook a second undergraduate degree in theology, followed by a Master of Divinity degree at McGill University. After eight years of ordained service as an Anglican, Fr James entered the Catholic Church, completed his doctorate in historical theology followed by a post-doctoral License in Divinity both at the University of Wales, Lampeter, and in 2012, was ordained priest for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church by Bishop Hlib of the Eparchy of the Holy Family of London. He has a book and numerous articles in print, and his interests include Christology and eschatology, the computus, and late antique historiography. Outside of his Church and academic responsibilities, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing with bicycles.

Dr Augustine Casiday

Academic Dean

B.A., B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., F.R.Hist.S.

Dr Augustine Casiday was born in Sheffield, Alabama, and took first a BSc in Psychology then a BA in Classics and Philosophy from the University of Alabama. He would take Classics further, by pursuing a Master of Arts at the University of Washington in St Louis, before moving to the UK in 1999 to take up doctoral research at Durham University in Theology. Augustine held two post-doctoral positions, at Cambridge and Durham, following which he was appointed Lecturer in Patristics at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He is now a lecturer at Cardiff University in the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion. With four monographs, many articles, and other works to his name, his main interests include monasticism, relations between East and West, and religious controversies. In the meantime, he enjoys fiction, cinema, and single malt whiskey.

Mr. Joshua Matthan Brown

Academic Associate 

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (In Progress)

Mr. Joshua Matthan Brown originally hails from Forth Worth Texas, where he studied theology and philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2013 he and his family were fully received into the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Following his reception into the Church, Joshua continued his studies at the University of Birmingham, where he earned an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics with Distinction. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include reviving and defending the eutaxiological argument for the existence of God, and applying apophatic theology to contemporary problems in the philosophy of religion. Joshua is also the editorial assistant for the forthcoming Cambridge Elements Philosophy of Religion series and a research assistant for the Pantheism and Panentheism Project funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

Mrs. Penny Cavill

Student Services Administrator 

B.S.C., P.C.E., M.A. 

Penny was born in Chatham, Kent, and lived in England until the age of eleven when the family moved to Luxembourg. She returned to the UK to study for a BSC in Psychology at the University of Bristol after which she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She then worked as a primary school teacher in Bristol for five years, but later moved to Chepstow in Wales devoting time to rearing a family. In 2006, she began an open learning theology course with the University of Wales, Lampeter, during which time, she was introduced to the Eastern Christian tradition with a Christology module taught by Father James Siemens. Inspired by this, she  enrolled in the Distance Learning Master’s Programme in Ecumenical Studies offered by the Ukrainian Catholic University. In July 2017, she gained her MES qualification. Over the years, Penny has been involved in various ecumenical evangelisation ministries including the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and a number of Churches Together initiatives such as Street Pastors, and Alpha. In 2015, as part of a team of Alpha trainers, she visited Zambian prisons to participate in the Zambian Alpha for Prisons programme. Her other interests include horse riding, and motorcycling.

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