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Rev Dr Martyn C Cowan


Lecturer in Historical Theology

Rev Dr Martyn C Cowan



Martyn Cowan studied philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast (BA and MA) and went on to serve in student ministry with IFES Ireland. He moved to London to train for gospel ministry at the Cornhill Training Course and at Oak Hill Theological College (MTh Distinction). He came to Union (PG Cert Min) in preparation for being licensed by the Dromore Presbytery as Assistant Minister in First Presbyterian Church, Saintfield.

He subsequently completed a PhD in historical theology at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Rev’d Dr Stephen Hampton with a dissertation entitled ‘The prophetic preaching of John Owen from 1646 to 1659 in its historical context’.

He has a postgraduate qualification in teaching and learning in higher education (PGCHET) from Queen’s University Belfast and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Before his appointment at Union he served as Assistant to the Vacancy Convener in First Presbyterian Church, Portadown, and taught courses at the Cornhill Training Course in Belfast.


Review of John Owen and English Puritanism: Experiences of Defeat, by Crawford Gribben, Themelios 43.1 (2018): 

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‘The Reformation: Justification by fate alone’, The Irish Times, 17 Oct 2017. 

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 John Owen and the Civil War Apocalypse: Preaching, Prophecy and Politics (Routledge, 2017)

Portrait of a Prophet: Lessons from the Preaching of John Owen (1616–1683) (St Antholin Charity Lectureship, Latimer Trust, 2016)

‘Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books’ in NIV Proclamation Bible: Correctly Handling the Word of Truth (Hodder & Stoughton, 2013)

‘New World, New Temple, New Worship: The Book of Revelation in the Theology and Practice of Christian Worship’, published in three parts: Churchman 119.4 (Winter 2005), 297–312; Churchman 120.2 (Summer 2006), 159–176; Churchman 120.3 (Autumn 2006), 247–265