Revd Margot Hodson

Revd Margot Hodson is Director of Theology and Education for the John Ray Initiative, an educational charity with a vision to bring together scientific and Christian understandings of the environment in a way that can be widely communicated and lead to effective action. She is Associate Lecturer in Environmental Theology for Ripon College Cuddesdon and on the Grove Ethics editorial board, ARUK board and CRES steering group. She has a passion to inspire and empower churches and leaders for ministry in this age of environmental crisis. Margot is a part-time minister in the Oxford Diocese and has previously been a full-time church minister and a university chaplain. She became passionate about the environment and a committed Christian in her teens. Both these strands have interwoven through her professional and personal life. She is married to Martin J Hodson, an environmental biologist. The Hodsons are well known authors and speakers.


Margot and Martin live in the Cotswolds in the UK and support small rural churches and communities. They are committed to engaging church communities to work together with the wider community to enable environmental sustainability and community resilience. They were involved in much of this work through ‘Low Carbon Haddenham’, an environmental group in their previous village:

Margot and Martin both work with the John Ray Initiative (JRI) to bring a wider understanding of our biblical responsibility to care for the environment. They are involved in a number of educational initiatives including a distance learning course on Christian Rural and Environmental studies: