Timothy Willard
Timothy Willard
Exploring the Contours of Theology, the Writing Life, and Mountain Trails

Hello, my name is Tim. Two years ago my wife and I moved our family of five to Oxford so I could pursue a PhD in Theology under the supervision of Alister McGrath. I'm a full-time freelance writer, scholar in training, and adventurer. Here's my story.  

Behind me,  Markarfljot River, a short walk from Emstur Hut, Landmannalauger Trail, Iceland

Behind me, Markarfljot River, a short walk from Emstur Hut, Landmannalauger Trail, Iceland

About Tim

I love it when

Writers who've influenced me the most, and this is not an exhaustive list, are: William Wordsworth, William Golding, James Joyce, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, William Zinnser, Frederich Buechner, John the Beloved, T.S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, St. Augustine, Soren Kierkegaard, Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Felenlon, Bill Watterson, and I'll add more as I think of them. 

Favorite outdoor activity: mountain biking, with a close second given to sans-tent camping, and having bonfires with my friends. 

Mountain bikes I own or have owned: Kona Hot (pictured below; 1995 classic steal frame; still own), Intense Tracer, Kona Manu-Manu, Salsa El Mariachi 29er steal frame (current ride). 

Most prize position, other than my family of course: my growing collection of 1st Edition C.S. Lewis books, and my personal library in general. 

I could eat Ted's Bison Burger "The Kitchen Sink" every day of the week forever. So, I'm not vegan or vegetarian; not that there's anything wrong with that. I mean, we're all entitled to our silliness, right? 

During my "band days" my hair was longer than Liv Tyler's when she played The Elf Princess. As long as I have hair, I might as well let it grow. 

I am the author of the newly released Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life, and the co-author for Home Behind The Sun and the critically acclaimed Veneer. 

I am a PhD candidate at King’s College London and live in Oxford, England. I also serve as Spiritual Director for the Praxis Nonprofit Accelerator. 

For more fun facts "about me" you can read this. 


About This Site 

I thought it nice to possess a digital space, if indeed one can possess such a thing, to collect my writings. I'm not much of a blogger in the traditional sense, whatever that means. I am, however, a writer in the traditional sense. And all that means is that I'll be chasing this craft until I die, hoping to master some aspect of it.

I write best in the early morning and can literally write for hours when I'm in the Zen. If you happen into my office during such a span I am not responsible for my words or actions or your subsequent injury. I am rather bearish during those times. I do most of my research and reading at night and can operate on little sleep.

This site acts as my public compendium of ideas, inquiries, and hitherto's. I hope you enjoy it. Spend some time, and peel the layers. 

About The Adventure

My wife and I feel as if we're on a constant adventure. Five years after we married, we left our families and familiarity to pursue writing full-time in Atlanta, Georgia. Adventure. 

After six years, three daughters (my pixies), and a Masters in Religion, we up and moved again. This time, to Oxford, England. I use the term "adventure" because it seems to describe our perspective on life and how the unpredictability of it weaves throughout each aspect of our vocations, as spouses, as parents, as citizens, as writers, and children of God. 

So, you'll find it all on this site. You'll find my reflections on some of my research on Beauty and C.S. Lewis, you'll find my devotional posts, which I compiled into a book. You'll find fiction pieces and poetry. I aim to blend the various genres of writing I enjoy into an engaging reading experience. 

When I'm not scratching poetry, chasing the scholar’s craft, or carving trails on my mountain bike, I enjoy making up faerie stories about the English countryside for my wife and three pixie daughters.


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I took two years worth of journal entries, prayers, and reflections and compiled them into a 52-week devotional. I'd love for you to check it out.

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
— John Muir