William Olhausen


Current parish and responsibilities:

Incumbent of Douglas Union of Parishes with Frankfield since 2023

Wider Church:

Trustee of the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge

Module leader in theological reasoning and critical thinking (C.C.T.P course, Trinity College Dublin)

National coordinator for CME in the Church of Ireland

Member of Church of Ireland General Synod

Committee member of the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar

Contact details:



  • Ordained Priest in St Mary’s Minster Church, Reading 1999
  • Ordained Deacon in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in 1998

Education / Qualifications:

  • PhD in Hermeneutics, University of Liverpool, 2007
  • Diploma in Ministry, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, 1998
  • BA (Hons), Oxford University, 1997
  • Called to the Bar (Middle Temple), 1993
  • Common Professional Examination (CPE), University of North London, 1992
  • MA, Sussex University, 1991
  • BA, University of Brighton, 1990


  • Craig G. Bartholomew, David J. H. Beldman, Amber Bowen, William Olhausen (eds.), The Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar: Retrospect and Prospect, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2022.
  • ‘Church Governance in a Changing World’ in Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, Vol. 45.3, Autumn 2022, 199-206.
  • ‘Pauline Spirituality: What does Paul teach us about life in the Spirit?’ in Perspectives on Prayer and Spirituality, (eds.) Maurice Elliott and Patrick McGlinchey, Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2021, 51-65.
  • ‘The Resurrection of the Body – not a Conjuring Trick with Bones!’ in Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, vol. 43.3 Autumn, 2020, 190-197.
  • Book review article for Anaphora: Journal of the Society for Liturgical Study 2019, Graham R. Hughes, (Ed.) Steffen Losel, Reformed Sacramentality, Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2019, 79-88.
  • ‘Christian Apologetics and the Challenge of Science’ in Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, Vol. 41.2, Summer 2018, 126-131.
  • ‘Patrick Pearse and the 1916 Rising: Discerning the Spirit’ in Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, Vol. 39.2, Summer 2016, 95-103.
  • ‘The Role of Hermeneutics and Philosophy’ in eds. Craig G. Bartholomew and Heath Thomas, Manifesto for Theological Interpretation, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2016, 110-130.
  • ‘Elements of Christian Discourse: From Politeness Theory to the Relational Hermeneutics of Paul’s Word of the Cross’, in eds., Marietta Calderón/Georg Marko, Religion and Language/Religion und Sprache, Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang Verlag, 2015, 207-225.
  • ‘Being reasonable about sex in the Church of Ireland’ in Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, volume 37: 2, Summer 2014, 83-89.
  • ‘The Hermeneutics of Relationship: Theological Understanding for New Testament Preaching’ in eds. Ian Paul and David Wenham, “We proclaim the Word of Life”: Preaching the New Testament Today, Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 2013, 213-224.
  • Book review article Words in Action: Speech Act Theory and Biblical Interpretation, Richard S. Briggs, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, Continuum, 2002, xvi + 352pp., Journal of Pragmatics 37 (2005), 551-558.
  • ‘A “Polite” Response to Anthony Thiselton’ in After Pentecost: Language and Biblical Interpretation, Scripture and Hermeneutics Series volume 2, eds., Craig Bartholomew, Colin Greene, Karl Moller, Carlisle: Paternoster and Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001, 121-130.

Previous ministry:

  • St Matthias’ Church, Killiney Ballybrack, Diocese of Dublin (Incumbent), 2011-2023
  • Monkton Combe School, Diocese of Bath and Wells, UK (Chaplain), 2008-2011
  • Carrigrohane Union of Parishes, Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross (Incumbent), 2004-2008
  • Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, Diocese of Ely, UK (Associate Vicar), 2001-2004
  • Greyfriars Church in Reading, Diocese of Oxford, UK (Curate), 1998-2001
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