Revd Dr Anthony R. Cross
- BA (Bristol)
- MTh (Cardiff)
- PhD (Keele)
Joined IBTS in: 2016
The Rev. Dr Anthony R. Cross trained for the Baptist ministry at Bristol Baptist (1982–88) and South Wales (1986–88) Baptist Colleges, and also spent one semester doing postgraduate study at The International Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon, Zürich (Spring 1986). During this time, he earned his BA from Bristol University, and MTh at University College Cardiff. Ordained as a Baptist minister in March 1989, he served as minister of Zion Baptist Church, Cambridge (1989–94), and Calne Baptist Church, Wiltshire (1994–97), and he earned his PhD at Keele University (1990–97) under the supervision of Professor John H.Y. Briggs. From 1997–2001 he taught church history and theology part-time at the Roehampton Institute, London/University of Surrey Roehampton, and from 2000 to 2009 was a consultant editor with Paternoster, working on their six academic monograph series, two of which he conceived and developed – Studies in Baptist History and Thought, and Studies in Evangelical History and Thought. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, and became its second Director, from 2009–12. From 2010 to 2016 he was a Member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. Since October 2016 he has been an Adjunct Supervisor at IBTSC.
Dr Cross is an historical theologian whose research interests include baptism, particularly understood as a sacrament, the history and theology of Baptists, the place of theology in ministerial preparation, the nature of the ministry, the Free Church tradition, Evangelicalism, and issues of faith and history. He has written written four books, co-authored another. He has edited 18 volumes, published over 40 chapters in books and articles in refereed journals, and contributed to various historical and theological dictionaries. He has lectured in Britain, Western and Eastern Europe, North America, and Asia, presented papers at 10 conferences, and has an active research programme, with books, chapters in books, and journal articles in press and forthcoming.
Dr Cross is married to Jackie, who is Head of Music at Kingswood Prep School, Bath, England – the school that John Wesley founded in 1748. They have two grown-up daughters: Laura, who teaches children with special needs, and is married to Jason, who have perhaps the the best Siberian Husky in the universe, Luna; and Katja who is a professional cellist and music teacher (and available for gigs and to teach – just ask Dad).
Books since 2016
Useful Learning: Neglected Means of Grace in the Reception of the Evangelical Revival among British Particular Baptists (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017/with minor corrections 2017).
“To communicate simply you must understand profoundly”: Preparation for Ministry among British Baptists (Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society, 2016).
Able and Evangelical: The Story of Bristol Baptist College, 1720–2020, with Ruth Gouldbourne, Wipf and Stock, 2020.
Editor: Baptist Sacramentalism 3, with Philip E. Thompson (Free Church, Catholic Tradition; Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020).
Editor: Human Flourishing: Economic Wisdom for a Fruitful Christian Vision of the Good Life, with Greg Forster (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2020).
The Bristol Baptist Tradition, c.1720–c.1825: Able, Evangelical, Lively, Zealous Ministers of the Gospel (3 vols; 2020–22).
Editor: Baptist Sacramentalism 4, with Philip E. Thompson (Free Church, Catholic Tradition; Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2021).
Editor: Baptist Sacramentalism 5, with Philip E. Thompson (Free Church, Catholic Tradition; Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2022).
Chapters in Books and Journals Articles since 2016
‘ВОССТАНОВЛЕНИЕ БАПТИСТСКОЙ САКРАМЕНТОЛОГИИ. Интервью с британским богословом Энтони Кроссом’/‘Anthony Cross, Interview (15.02.2018),’ Богомыслия/Bogomyslie [Almanac: ‘Thinking about God’: Evangelical Theology in the Former USSR Republics] 24 (2019), pp. 58-80.
‘“To communicate simply you must understand profoundly”: The Necessity of Theological Education for Deepening Ministerial Formation’, Journal of European Baptist Studies 19.1 (Spring, 2019), pp. 54-67.
‘Baptism, the New Testament, and the Baptist Tradition: Towards a Baptist Sacramental Theology and Practice of Baptism/Крещение в Новом Завете и баптистская традиция: на пути к баптистской сакраментальной теологии и практике крещения’, Theological Reflections: Euro-Asian Journal of Theology 22 (2019), pp. 27-50.
‘Reversing “the amazing ignorance and ſtupidity of ſome perſons”: Baptists, the Biblical Languages, and Bible Translation’, Baptist Quarterly 50.2 (April, 2019), pp. 44-57.
‘Baptism in Recent Baptist Thought’, American Baptist Quarterly 37.2 (Summer, 2018), pp. 175–97.
‘Guwonkwa Chimrye: Chimryekojukin Seongryejooeuijuk Chimryekwan (Saved through Baptism: A Sacramental Baptist View)’, The Baptist [Journal of the Korea Baptist Convention] 150 (January and February, 2018), pp. 94-114.
‘구원과 침례: 침례교적인 성례주의적 침례관 (Saved through baptism: A Sacramental Baptist View)’, Korea Baptist Convention website, 2018: http://www.koreabaptist.or.kr/공지사항/자유게시판/.
‘The Place of Theological Education in the Preparation of Men and Women for the Baptist Ministry Then and Now’, Perichoresis 16.1 (2018), pp. 81-97.
‘“Uſeful learning”: Theological Training and the Particular Baptist Revival in the Long Eighteenth Century’, in William L. Pitts Jr (ed.), Baptists and Revivals: Papers from the Seventh International Conference on Baptist Studies (Macon, GA Mercer University Press, 2018), pp. 160-180.
‘The Foundations of Baptist Attitudes to Violence and Peace among the Earliest Baptists’, Baptistic Theologies 9.2 (Autumn, 2017), pp. 54-67.
‘“Solid learning … never an encumbrance”: C.H. Spurgeon and the Necessity of Theological Education’, Baptist Quarterly 48.3 (July, 2017), pp. 125-39.
‘The sacrament of baptism among the first Baptists’, in David G. Barker, Michael A.G. Haykin, and Barry H. Howson (eds), The Church is Always Reforming. Ecclesia semper reformanda est: A Festschrift on Ecclesiology in Honour of Stanley K. Fowler on his Seventieth Birthday (Kitchener, ON: Joshua Press, 2016), pp. 189-211.
‘Baptism’, in Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Stephen R. Holmes, John McDowell and T.A. Noble (eds), New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic. Second Edition (IVP Reference Collection; London: Inter-Varsity Press, 2016), pp. 96-99.
Forthcoming Chapters in Books and Journals Articles
‘Introduction: Sacramentalism Alive and Well’, with Philip E. Thompson, in Anthony R. Cross and Philip E. Thompson (eds), Baptist Sacramentalism 3, with Philip E. Thompson (Free Church, Catholic Tradition; Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020).
‘Baptizing’, in Henk Bakker, Steven R. Harmon, Elizabeth Newman, and Teun van der Leer (eds), Discerning Churches/Seeds of the Church: Baptist Ecclesiology. A Catholic Approach (The Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity; Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2020), forthcoming.
‘Introduction: Sacraments by Any Other Name’, with Philip E. Thompson, in Anthony R. Cross and Philip E. Thompson (eds), Baptist Sacramentalism 4 (Free Church, Catholic Tradition; Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020–21).
‘Sacraments, Ecumenism, and Liturgy: Neville Clark and the Case for a Baptist Baptismal Sacramentalism’, in Anthony R. Cross and Philip E. Thompson (eds), Editor: Baptist Sacramentalism 5, with Philip E. Thompson (Free Church, Catholic Tradition; Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2021–22).
Papers Presented at Conferences
‘“To communicate simply you must understand profoundly”: The Necessity of Theological Education for Deepening Ministerial Formation’, to be presented at the Consortium of European Baptist Theological Schools, 27–30 June 2018, Vienna, Austria.
‘“Spend and be spent”: The Sacrificial Nature of Christian Service and Lifelong Discipleship’, The Scottish Baptist History Project day conference, Saturday 28 April 2018.
‘Neville Clark and the Myth of Baptist Anti-Sacramentalism’, presented at the ‘Crucial Issues of Contemporary Theology: Recent Trends in the Development of Liturgical Theology’ Conference, at National Dragomanov University, Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday 17 February 2018.
‘Diversity and Dissent in Protestant Europe’, Reformation 500 Day Conference, Glastonbury Town Hall, sponsored by Glastonbury Abbey and Strode College, University of Plymouth, Saturday 28 October 2017.
‘Reversing “the amazing ignorance and ſtupidity of ſome perſons”: Baptists, the Biblical Languages, and Bible Translation’, read in absentia by the Rev. Dr Ruth Gouldbourne on 21 July 2016 at the Baptist Historical Society ‘Scripture and Tradition’ Summer School 2016, at Luther King House, Manchester, 19–22 July 2016.
‘“Solid learning … never an encumbrance”: C.H. Spurgeon and the Necessity of Theological Education’, presented to the Northern Baptist Theological Consultation, at Blackley Baptist Church, 12 May 2016.
Postgraduate Research Seminars
‘The Biblical and Theological Case for a Baptist Sacramental Understanding of Baptism’, at Spurgeon’s College Postgraduate Seminar, Wednesday 4 March 2020.
‘History, Historical Method, and the Nature of Historical Knowledge’, at The International Baptist Theological Study Centre Annual International Colloquium, Amsterdam, Tuesday 17 January 2017.