Revd Dr Paul Dominiak

Vice Principal, Lecturer in Doctrine, Tutor for Admissions
Tel: 01223 272975

Paul is the Vice Principal, Lecturer in Doctrine, and Tutor for Admissions. He oversees pastoral care for students and staff. Paul works with colleagues at Westcott House, the Cambridge Theological Federation, and Faculty of Divinity to maintain excellence in content and delivery of academic and formational programmes. He also helps potential students discern how Westcott House might help their vocations flourish.

He is an ex officio member of Westcott Council, and serves as a member on the Standing, Curriculum Development, Finance, and Property Management and Marketing sub-committees of Westcott Council. Externally, he serves as a member of the Faculty of Divinity Faculty Board, BTh Management Committee, Cambridge Academic Oversight Group and Durham Academic Oversight Group.

Paul teaches the Cambridge Awards A5/BTh12 Doctrine of God, B8 Great Christian Theologians, BTh Dissertation (Doctrine), C6 Disputed Topics in Christian Doctrine and the Durham Awards TMM1131 Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History, TMM3121 Methods in Modern Theology, TMM3201 Adult Education and the Learning Church, TMM3341/43920 Independent Learning Project (Doctrine), TMM42220 Research and Reflection: Resources and Methods. He additionally supervises some postgraduate research in the areas of doctrinal and systematic theology.

Paul came to Westcott House to train for ordained ministry in 2005, having just finished an undergraduate degree in Early Modern Studies and Philosophy. After studying for Tripos and an MPhil, he served as a curate in Ingleby Barwick in the Diocese of York. From there, he spent eight years in higher education chaplaincy in Cambridge, first as Chaplain at Trinity College and then as Dean of Chapel at Jesus College. During those years, he completed a PhD from Durham University in Systematic and Philosophical Theology, funded by the AHRC. Paul has been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2012. More recently, he completed the Cambridge University Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. His contribution to university life was recognised in 2019 with an award from the Cambridge University Students’ Union for exemplary partnership with students.

Paul’s main research interest focuses on the systematic reception, use, and transformation of philosophical concepts and traditions in theology, especially in early modern Reformed and Protestant theology. This main research interest touches upon how such concepts shape and inform the theology of law, nature, grace, embodiment, the emotions, ethics, ecclesiology, and politics. His research also explores Anglican Social Theology, Christian socialism, and theological education within the academy and church. He is interested how Christians might develop effective teaching as a way to help Christian apologetics, enquiry, ministry and mission.

Outside of academic pursuits, Paul enjoys the cinema, cooking, football, reading novels and poetry, and walking.


Richard Hooker: The Architecture of Participation (T & T Clark, 2019)

‘Hooker, Scholasticism, Thomism, and Reformed Orthodoxy’ in Richard Hooker & Reformed Orthodoxy (ed.) W. Bradford Littlejohn (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2017).

‘Moses the Magistrate: The Mosaic Theological Imaginary of John Jewel and Richard Hooker in Elizabethan Apologetics’ in Defending the Faith: John Jewel and the Elizabethan Church (eds.) Angela Ranson, André Gazal & Sarah Bastow (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018).

‘An Augustinian Sensibility: The Whole Christ in Hooker’s Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity’ in Totus Christus: Knowing and Loving the Son of Man (eds.) George Westhaver & Rowan Williams (SCM Press, 2019).

‘The Logic of Desire: A Reappraisal of Reason and the Emotions in Richard Hooker’s Lawes’ Reformation & Renaissance Review 16.1 (2014): 37-51.

‘“From the Footstool to the Throne of God”: Methexis, Metaxu, and Eros in Richard Hooker’s Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity’ Perichoresis 12.1 (2014): 57-76.

‘Participants of the Divine Nature: The Modern Retrieval of Participation’ Reviews in Religion & Theology 27.2 (2020): 154-162.