Revd Rob Merchant is the Director of Dispersed Learning at St Mellitus College. He also contributes to teaching and ministerial formation. Rob is also an Associate Vicar at St Mary's Hornsey Rise. He has previously worked at Staffordshire University, where he was the Deputy Director for Ageing and Mental Health, and the Principal Lecturer in Spirituality and Health. He co-founded the Centre for the Study of Faith, Science, and Values in Healthcare at the University of Gloucestershire with Prof. John Cox. Ordained in 2001, Rob has served as an associate minister and most recently as Rector of the West of Severn Benefice in the Diocese of Gloucester. Rob’s academic focus is the study of ageing and he has contributed to a number of conferences in the UK and overseas. He is the author of ‘Pioneering the Third Age: The Church in an Ageing Population’ and has published a range of academic and vocational work. He is married to Tamsin who is Vicar of St Mary’s Hornsey Rise.