Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) is in the former SS Philip and James Parish Church on Woodstock Road, Oxford, England, opposite Leckford Road.[1] It was established in 1983.

Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Oxford SSPhilip&James south.jpg
51°45′52″N 1°15′51″W / 51.76444°N 1.26417°W / 51.76444; -1.26417Coordinates: 51°45′52″N 1°15′51″W / 51.76444°N 1.26417°W / 51.76444; -1.26417
LocationWoodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
CountryUnited Kingdom
Former name(s)Parish church of
SS Philip and James
DedicationSS Philip and James
Dedicated8 May 1862
Consecrated8 May 1862
Architect(s)George Edmund Street
Architectural typeparish church
StyleGothic Revival
Years built1860–62, 1864–66 (tower and spire 1864)
ParishSS Philip and James with
St Margaret, Oxford

The Centre exists to provide education for church leaders from the non-Western world. It was founded by mission theologians from Africa, Asia and Latin America. OCMS offers taught Masters courses and PhD/MPhil research degrees. Its degrees are validated by Middlesex University. It is associated with the University of Oxford through the Bodleian Libraries.[2] Many Oxford faculty members also provide supervision for PhD/MPhil research degrees.[3]


The building was designed by the Gothic Revival architect George Edmund Street and built in 1860–62. Samuel Wilberforce, then Bishop of Oxford, consecrated it as the parish church of Saints Philip and James on 8 May 1862. The tower and spire, also designed by Street, were added in 1864–66.[4] It is a Grade I listed building.[5]

Immediately to the south is Church Walk, a pedestrian-only link between Woodstock Road and North Parade. On the south side of Church Walk is the former vicarage, 68 Woodstock Road, designed by Street's former assistant, Harry Drinkwater, and built in 1887. The vicarage is a Grade II listed building[6] and is now part of St Antony's College, Oxford.


  1. ^ Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
  2. ^ https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/subjects-and-libraries/libraries
  3. ^ http://www.ocms.ac.uk/staff/?pcat=supervisors&mid=530
  4. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 297.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Philip and St James  (Grade I) (1047073)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  6. ^ Historic England. "The Vicarage, 68, Woodstock Road  (Grade II) (1392940)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 July 2015.


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