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The Harbour Parishes

Lent Group

'Journeying through the Gospels'

Scroll down to view all the sessions from the Lent Group

Session 1: The Synoptic Problem - Dr. Jane McLarty

Session 2: An Introduction to Mark's Gospel - Dr. Jane McLarty

Session 3: An Introduction to Matthew's Gospel - Dr. Michael Dormandy

Session 4: An Introduction to Luke's Gospel - Dr. Clare Amos

Session 5: An Introduction to John's Gospel - The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

Session 1

23rd February 2021

The Synoptic Problem
Dr Jane McLarty

Session 2

2nd March 2021

Introduction to Mark's Gospel
Dr Jane McLarty

Session 3

9th March 2021

Introduction to Matthew's Gospel
Dr Michael Dormandy

Session 4

16th March 2021

Introduction to Luke's Gospel
Dr Clare Amos

Session 5

23rd March 2021

Introduction to John's Gospel
The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley
Bishop of Ripon

The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

Bishop of Ripon

Bishop Helen-Ann has been Bishop of Ripon in the Diocese of Leeds since 2018. Helen-Ann was previously Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand, an office she held since 2014. At the time she was the first woman priest ordained in the Church of England to become a bishop.

Bishop Helen-Ann was born in Edinburgh and grew up in north-east England. She is the fourth generation of her family to be ordained, and was priested in 2006 in the Diocese of Oxford.

She worked as one of a team ministering to 12 rural parishes in Oxfordshire before being appointed as the Director of Biblical Studies and a lecturer in the New Testament at Ripon College Cuddesdon, near Oxford.

Helen-Ann, with her husband Myles who is a musician and church organist, went to New Zealand in 2010 to undertake research at St John’s College – and returned there in February 2011 to take up the position as Dean. In 2014 she became joint diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, unique in the Anglican Communion with two equal bishops sharing jurisdiction across the whole of the diocese.

Dr Clare Amos

Former Programme Executive and Coordinator for the World Council of Churches’ inter-religious dialogue and cooperation programme, Clare Amos is currently a Director and Trustee for the Jerusalem and the Middle East Church Association.   


Before her work with the World Council of Churches, Clare was Director of Theological Studies for the Anglican Communion and coordinator of the Network for Inter Faith Concerns in the Anglican Communion (NIFCON).


With great experience in the Middle East, she previously worked at St George’s College in Jerusalem, the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, and Westcott House, Cambridge.


She has taught in the field of Biblical studies and has published two commentaries: Beginning Over Again: Through Lent with Genesis and the Gospels (2005) and Book of Genesis (2004).


Clare studied at the University of Cambridge and Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise.

Dr Michael Dormandy

New Testament Tutor

Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford


Michael is Lecturer in New Testament at Ripon College, Cuddesdon in Oxford. His research interests are Pauline studies and textual criticism (the study of Biblical manuscripts).

Michael grew up in London and went on to study Classics and later Theology at Oxford University, where he gained the Canon Hall Junior Prize for Greek and the Pusey and Ellerton Senior Prize for Hebrew. He then completed a PhD at Cambridge University in the earliest Greek manuscripts that contain the entire Bible.


His research has been published in Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism and Studia Patristica. He has also published a Latin textbook and a critical edition of a work by a seventeenth-century, Catholic priest, Bartholomaeus Holzhauser.


He has presented his research at venues including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Munich and Innsbruck, and at the Princeton Scribal Habits Workshop, the Birmingham Textual Criticism Colloquium, the British New Testament Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He was a visiting student at the University of Salzburg and a Research Fellow at the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck.


Michael has always been active in church ministry alongside his academic research. He has worked on church staff teams for four years and during his PhD, he ministered actively in his college chapel, including serving for two terms as Lay Acting Chaplain. He has served in student ministry, homeless projects, and youth and children's groups. His “secular” work experience includes secondary school teaching and teaching English as foreign language.

Michael loves to help people understand and love the New Testament, whatever stage they’re at on their journey. He is married to Katherine and enjoys coffee, cake and any book or film with spies in it.

Dr Jane McLarty

New Testament Tutor

Westcott House, Cambridge


Jane read Classics at Cambridge and then worked in the City for 5 years before returning to study for the MPhil in Theology.
She worked for some 20 years or so in the collegiate University as Disability Adviser, Admissions Tutor for Lucy Cavendish College and finally Senior Tutor for Wolfson College.
Alongside this she studied for a PhD part-time with King's College London, and taught Greek and New Testament for the Divinity Faculty and Colleges.
Having stepped down from the Senior Tutor role she now gives her time to teaching at Westcott House Theological college in Cambridge.