Oliver Chase Quick was born in Sedburgh, Yorkshire on 21 June 1885 and died in Longborough, Gloucestershire on 21 January 1944. He was educated at Harrow School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1904, where he read classics and theology. He was ordained into the Anglican ministry in 1911. He served as Vice-Principal of Leeds Clergy School, followed by a curacy at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London until his appointment as chaplain to Randall Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1915. He became Vicar of Kenley, Surrey in 1918, which was followed by residentiary canonries at Newcastle in 1920 and Carlisle in 1923. These gave him the opportunity to lecture widely. He became a member of the archbishops' doctrine commission set up in 1922, forming a close friendship with its Chairman, William Temple. In 1930 he became a canon of St Paul's, which he found conservative and inward-looking, but where he first seriously engaged in Christian apologetics. He was a keen ecumenist, taking part in the Missionary Conference in Jerusalem in 1928, and the Faith and Order Conferences in Lausanne in 1927 and Edinburgh in 1937. In 1934 he was appointed by Bishop Hensley Henson to the professorship of theology at Durham University which carried a canonry at the cathedral. In 1939 he became Regius Professor of Divinity and canon of Christ Church, Oxford. In his last years he suffered from serious illness and, while he continued to lecture, he wrote little.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.