WTC Faculty

Our expert faculty integrates academic theology with daily life, work, and mission, serving on the frontlines of ministry and mission around the world.

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OUR FACULTY HEADS OF DEPT.

Lucy Peppiatt WTC Principal

Lucy Peppiatt, PhD

Principal, Systematic Theology

Lucy has been Principal at WTC since 2013. She teaches courses in Christian doctrine and in spiritual formation. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both English and Theology. She completed her MA in Systematic Theology at King’s College, London, and her PhD through the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Lucy’s research interests are Christ and the Spirit, Charismatic theology, theological anthropology, discipleship, 1 Corinthians, and women in the Bible. Lucy is part of Crossnet Anglican Church in Bristol, which is led by her husband, Nick Crawley. They have four sons and four daughters-in-law.

Find out more about Lucy Peppiatt HERE.

Freddy Hedley WTC Faculty

Freddy Hedley, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Old Testament

Freddy is Director of Undergraduate Studies and teaches Biblical Studies, with a specific focus on the Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew. He holds a BA in History and English Literature, a PGCE in History, an MA in Kingdom Theology, and he gained his PhD in Hebrew Bible at King's College London in 2022. Prior to working full-time with WTC he was the Director of Fountain School of Theology in Norfolk, UK. His research interests include: Hebrew poetry, especially lament poetry; exilic biblical literature; and the theological traditions of creation and covenant. He is the author of 'The God of Page One' (2012) and 'The Colossian Image' (2016). Freddy lives in Cheltenham with his wife Ali and their two daughters.

Find out more about Freddy Hedley HERE.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson, PhD Candidate

Director of Postgraduate Studies, Systematic Theology

Jack teaches Systematic Theology at WTC. He holds a BA(Hons) in Christian Theology and Politics from Liverpool Hope University, an MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology from the University of St. Andrews and is a PhD candidate in Divinity also at St. Andrews. Prior to working full-time with WTC he was the administration manager of Storehouse St. Andrews and has also held roles as President of Liverpool Hope Students Union, and teaching responsibilities at the University of St. Andrews. His research interests include: divine being; especially, Divine attribute(s) and passability, time and eternity, Trinity, Christology and prayer.

Ali Blacklee-Whittall WTC Faculty

Ali Blacklee Whittall, MA

Student Support, Study Skills & Old Testament

Ali teaches study skills, research methods, and Bible at WTC. She supports students with their essay writing by providing appropriate resources and advice. She also works alongside students with learning difficulties or disabilities. Alison holds a BA in Art History with English at Glasgow University, and a Graduate Diploma and MA at WTC. She has been teaching English and study skills in various schools and colleges for around 20 years. She loves art making as well as enjoying the countryside on her mountain and road bikes.

OUR TEACHING FACULTY

(In alphabetical order)

Adesola Akala, PhD

New Testament

Sola teaches New Testament at WTC. She is a Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University. She holds a BA in History, an MA in Biblical Literature, and a PhD in New Testament from Asbury Seminary, KY. She is the author of 'The Son-Father Relationship and Christological Symbolism in the Gospel of John' (London: T&T Clark, 2014), and 'The Prayers of Paul: A Biblical and Practical Theology of Prayer' (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, forthcoming). Sola has also convened two conferences on the glory of God and is currently editing a volume of essays for publication entitled, 'New Horizons for a Theology of Glory'. Sola’s church ministry spans decades of local and international preaching and teaching, aimed at facilitating biblical literacy, theological understanding, and spiritual maturity.

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Bosco Bangura, PhD

Missiology

Bosco holds an undergraduate degree from The Evangelical College of Theology in Freetown Sierra Leone, and Postgraduate qualifications from the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey of the University of Geneva, Fourah Bay College at the University of Sierra Leone, and the ETF in Leuven Belgium. His doctoral work was at both the Vrije Universities in Amsterdam and ETF Leuven. He currently holds Senior Researcher positions at ETF Leuven and the PThU in Groningen. He focuses on Missiology, African Pentecostalism, and World Christianity.

Ben Blackwell

Ben Blackwell, PhD

New Testament

Ben teaches New Testament at WTC. He is also Associate Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University. Ben completed his PhD at Durham University, ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary, and BAs in Accounting and Biblical Languages at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of 'Christosis: Pauline Soteriology in Light of Deification in Irenaeus and Cyril of Alexandria' (2016) and 'Participating in the Righteousness of God: Justification in Pauline Theology' (2020). His primary teaching and research areas include New Testament and Theology, and he thoroughly enjoys interacting with students on a wide variety of topics. With a strong desire to invest in the church, Ben has served as a lay leader in a variety of ministry areas such as social justice missions, teaching, and preaching. He has served for several years as the missions coordinator at Fellowship Church (Dallas). He later served the church in Durham. He enjoys watching football, as well as the Tour de France and other sports like cricket and rugby.

Amy Brown Hughes

Amy Brown Hughes, PhD

Church History / Patristics

Amy teaches Patristics at WTC. She is an assistant professor of theology at Gordon College. She received her PhD in historical theology with an emphasis in early Christianity from Wheaton College and is the author (with Lynn H. Cohick, Denver Seminary) of 'Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second Through Fifth Centuries' (2017). Amy also received a M.A. in history of Christianity from Wheaton College and her B.A. in theology and historical studies from Oral Roberts University. The overarching theme of Amy’s work as a historical theologian is that early Christian writers continue to be fruitful interlocutors in modern discussions of theology. Her research interests include Eastern Christianity, trinitarian and christological thought, Christian asceticism, theological anthropology, and highlighting the contributions of minority voices to theology, especially those of women. She is also a co-host for the theology stream of the biblical studies and theology podcast OnScript.

Tim Burr

Tim Burr, MA

Spiritual Formation

Tim gained his MA in Kingdom Theology at WTC before joining the faculty to teach Spiritual Formation for the Graduate Diploma in Student Ministry. Outside of WTC, Tim serves as Discover Team Leader at Ivy Church in Manchester.

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Rev Joshua Cockayne, PhD

Student Ministry

Joshua Cockayne is City Centre Mission Lead in the Diocese of Leeds, leading a team to plant a new midweek church community in the centre of Leeds. He holds a BA in Philosophy, MA in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, and PhD in Philosophical Theology all from the University of York. He is an an honorary lecturer at the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews after teaching in the Logos Institute at St Andrews for the past four years. He has published work in on spirituality, ecclesiology and liturgy in a number of journals. His book on Kierkegaard and the Spiritual life was published by Baylor University Press in 2020.

Kate Coleman

Rev Kate Coleman, PhD

Spiritual Formation & Leadership

Kate is recognised as one of the most influential black Christian women leaders in the UK. Her first degree was in BSc Biochemistry and Pharmacology at Southampton University. Kate studied Theology, and Church Planting and Evangelism at Spurgeon’s College before completing her PhD at the University of Birmingham. She wrote her thesis on a Theological Anthropology of Black Christian Women’s Subjectivities in Postcolonial Britain. Kate is a Baptist Minister, a former President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council. Kate has a vision to develop a new generation of leaders, especially women, enabling them to fulfil their potential and serve to the best of their ability. She is Founder and Co-Director of Next Leadership, and is lecturing with WTC on Spiritual Formation and Leadership as part of the BA and CertHE courses.

Rev Nick Crawley, MA

Spiritual Formation

Nick is an ordained Anglican clergyman with experience of ministry in Twickenham, Harare (Zimbabwe), Sheffield and Bristol, where he currently leads Crossnet, an Anglican Network church. Nick is strongly committed to the ministries of the Word and the Spirit; he runs a discipling ministry for young adults through the ‘Bible for Life’ website. His wife Lucy is a Systematic Theologian and author, is currently Principal of WTC. Nick enjoys golf, cycling, photography and walking their dog Max.

Anthony Delaney

Rev Anthony Delaney

Spiritual Formation for Church Planting & Leadership

Anthony teaches spiritual formation and leadership as part of the GradDip in Church Planting and Leadership programme. He has an honours degree in Theology, leads Ivy Church, Manchester, and is an ordained minister in the Church of England. Anthony is originally from Manchester, where he was a Police Officer in GMP for ten years. He works closely with The Message Trust and has authored several books including 'The B.E.S.T. Marriage', 'Diamond Geezers' and 'The Don’t Have To Do List'. He is a regular columnist for Sorted magazine and a BBC Radio pundit.

Bob Ekblad

Rev Bob Ekblad, PhD

Missions & Social Justice

Bob teaches missions and social justice at WTC. He is a theologian and missionary. He has spent 33 years in international mission and is particularly passionate about working with the poor and ethnic minorities. Bob holds a ThD in Old Testament. He is an international speaker and has authored five books including 'Reading the Bible With the Damned' (2005), 'A New Christian Manifesto' (2007), 'The Beautiful Gate' (2017), and 'Guerrilla Gospel' (2018). He founded the Tierra Nueva outreach ministry which ministers to and people affected by immigration, incarceration and addiction, and runs a social coffee farming project. Through Tierra Nueva, Bob and his wife Gracie run the Certificate for Transformational Ministry at the Margins.

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Alain Emerson, MDiv

Ecclesiology

Alain teaches Ecclesiology as part of the GradDip in Church Planting & Leadership. Alain has a Masters in Divinity from Union College Belfast and an honours degree in Information Management from Queens University, Belfast. Alain leads a church in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, called Emmanuel Church out of which a growing movement and family of churches as been birthed called Tobar. He is passionate about the expansion and establishment of the local church. Alain has been leading church for almost 20 years and spends most of his time inputting into churches, raising and multiplying leaders, developing a vision for city-wide impact and encouraging the planting of new churches. He is also the leader of 24-7 Prayer in Ireland and the author of 'Luminous Dark' (2017). He is married and has three children.

Andrew Goddard

Rev Andrew Goddard, PhD

Christian Ethics

Andrew teaches Christian ethics on the MA Programme. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics based in Cambridge where he was previously Associate Director. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anglican Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He has been Tutor in Christian Ethics at Trinity College, Bristol (2008-2013) and also taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and was a member of the Faculty of Theology in Oxford University, (1999-2008). He is now living in central London where he is Assistant Minister at St James the Less, Pimlico and where his wife, Lis, is vicar.

Peter Hartwig

Peter Hartwig, MDiv Candidate

Theological Anthropology

Peter teaches theological anthropology at WTC. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and an MDiv candidate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was formerly theologian in residence at National Community Church in DC and the academic associate at the Center for Calling and Theological Formation at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. He is currently "making tents” at Global Endowment Management. Peter is interested in systematic theology broadly, but more specifically in pneumatology, the imago Dei, and the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He also contributes to kingdomofgod.academy.

Nick Hoult, MA

Missiology

Nick Hoult lives in south Birmingham with his wife Cristina and their four children. He holds a Bsc in Outdoor Studies from Lancaster, then a GradDip and MA from WTC. In 2009 they built their home on a deprived estate and planted a Church in the basement, which has since spread out into the surrounding community. Nick is passionate about sharing the Gospel as well as taking his children sking, rock climbing and other outdoor stuff.

Jasper WTC Faculty

Jasper Knecht, PhD

Systematic Theology

Jasper teaches Christian Doctrine at WTC. He grew up in the Netherlands, and completed his BA in Theology and Biblical Studies at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (Evangelical Theological Faculty) or ETF in Leuven, Belgium. He completed his MPhil and PhD at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His interests include the history of doctrine, and particularly the development of Christological thought in the Patristic era, Late Antiquity, and the Early Medieval Church. Jasper is married to Stefania and is a big fan of classical music. Besides his work at WTC, he works with a Christian think tank in Austria.

Tamara Knudson

Tamara Knudson, PhD

Old Testament

Tamara teaches Old Testament at WTC. She holds a BA from Multnomah University, an MLitt from the University of St Andrews, and is currently a PhD candidate in Biblical Studies at the University of St Andrews. Her work focuses on literary analysis of the Old Testament, with particular attention to the portrayal of female characters, intertextuality, and oaths and vows as poetic devices. She is married to Ethan, and they have one daughter, Eilidh. As a family, they love the outdoors and the joy of a good book.

Roger Mitchell, PhD

Political Theology

Roger is a lecturer in political theology. After decades as church planting evangelist, strategic prayer mobiliser and reconciliation facilitator Roger has spent the past fourteen years as a doctoral researcher and honorary research fellow at Lancaster University where he was also the partnerships coordinator for the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies. He now convenes the Ashburnham Kingdom Theology Research Collective. Roger has a BA in English with Religious Studies, an MA and a PhD in Religious Studies from Lancaster University.His most recent publications include “Authority Without Sovereignty”, edited by Anthony J. Carroll et al (2015); "Cultivating New Post-secular Political Space" (2019).

Bev Murrill

Bev Murrill, MA

Leadership

Bev teaches transformational leadership at WTC. She has been the senior leader of a UK network of churches (Christian Growth International) for almost two decades and speaks internationally at conferences and churches on the need for Christians to operate as catalysts for the Kingdom of God in their spheres of influence. Her Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, combined with over 30 years’ experience, enables her to speak into issues of leadership as a consultant and mentor in church and charity sectors. A pioneer and innovator, Bev is the visionary founder for Liberti magazine UK, Cherish Uganda, Kyria Network for women leaders, and other projects in UK and Australia. Bev is a widow, after having been married 46 years to Rick with whom she co-led CGI. She has 4 children and 12 grandchildren living in UK and Australia.

Jason Myers

Jason Myers, PhD

New Testament

Jason teaches New Testament at WTC, where he also supervises BA and MA dissertations. He is Associate Professor of Religion at Greensboro College, Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary, his MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Michigan, and his BA from Cedarville University, Ohio. He is the co-author of “The Paul Quest II” with Ben Witherington III (IVP 2019). He lectures in India, Nigeria, Estonia, Turkey, Italy, and England. Jason is active in both the academy and the church and has preached and taught at several churches in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jason is married and recently became a dad for the first time.

Prof Andrew Parker, PhD

Professional Formation

Andrew teaches Professional Formation. He is a freelance leadership consultant with specific expertise in the 1-1 coaching of high-level leaders. Between 2008-2018 he was Professor of Sport and Christian Outreach at the University of Gloucestershire and prior to that he was Associate Professor at the University of Warwick (1999-2008) where he completed his PhD. He presently fulfils academic duties at St Padarn’s Institute (University of Cardiff) and Truett Seminary. With over 100 published articles, working papers and commissioned reports to his name (including 10 edited books), Andrew is an established academic who has a reputation as an effective leader and communicator and whose work is accessible to a wide audience.

Ruth Perrin

Ruth Perrin, PhD

Church and Student Culture

Ruth has a BA in History from Leeds University, an MA in Theology and Ministry from Cranmer Hall, and a PhD from the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. In addition to teaching on our Graduate Diploma in Student Ministry, she is a Leech Research Fellow undertaking post-doctoral research into the faith of Millennials in the North-East of England. She is also a tutor on the Cranmer Free Church Track, associate staff at King’s Church Durham and a trainer in Christian leadership. Her published works include: The Bible Reading of Young Evangelicals (Wipf & Stock 2016); ‘Searching for Sisters’ in The Faith Life of Women and Girls (Ashgate 2013) and Inspiring Women; Discovering Biblical Role Models (Grove B42).

Annalisa Philips Wilson

Annalisa Philips Wilson, PhD

New Testament

Annalisa teaches New Testament at WTC. She holds an MA from King’s College London, and is currently a PhD candidate in New Testament studies at Durham University. Her research is on Paul’s instructions regarding Torah observance in comparison with ancient Stoic ethical reasoning. She returned to biblical studies after years spent at home caring for her two children, and working in churches in Virginia (USA), and Buckinghamshire. Annalisa has two decades of experience in a wide variety of church work, including teaching, mentoring and discipleship, children’s work, and music ministry. She currently studies at a distance whilst assisting her husband in a church revitalisation work in Finchley, North London, where they live with their two boys, a dog, and far too many footballs for her to keep track of.

Tobias Siegenthaler WTC Faculty

Tobias Siegenthaler, PhD Candidate

New Testament & Mission

Tobias grew up in Switzerland surrounded by mountains and nature. After completing school his interest for theology was awakened by reading Bonhoeffer’s letters from prison. In the following years he studied theology and completed an apprenticeship as a metal-worker. For some time he worked in construction and later for several years caring for migrants from different backgrounds. Next to that he was employed by different churches, which formed his understanding of ministry. He is currently working on his PhD thesis, which focuses on how the gospel of Luke picks up patterns from the Joseph-narratives in Genesis to tell the story about Jesus. In his leisure time he still enjoys nature and sports.

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Chloe Swart, PhD (candidate)

Student Mission

Chloe teaches student mission at WTC. She holds an undergraduate degree in Theology and Religion from the University of Chichester and is awaiting a VIVA for her PhD, investigating healing miracles in Wales. She has been the student worker at her local church, Cornerstone in Swansea, for 7 years as well as working part time for Alpha as head of Alpha, Wales. She is married to Russo, a South African, who is completing an Engineering PhD at Swansea University.

Christina Walker, MA

Communication

Christina teaches preaching and communication at WTC. In addition to her role at WTC, she also teaches Voice and Communication to ordinands at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. She also runs ‘BeSpoke,’ which offers Voice Coaching for anyone who is ‘up front’ and wanting to be confident (bespokevoice.com). She holds a BA in Theatre from Surrey, an MA in Professional Voice Practice, Birmingham City, and a Post-Grad Cert in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London. Christina trained in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting nearly 40 years ago. The latest course of study has been on ‘Listening Well’, which – notwithstanding her passion for Voice – has been a poignant reminder of why we’ve been given 2 ears and only 1 mouth. Christina has had a varied career in theatre, TV, radio and corporate videos and currently has a regular devotional slot on Premier Christian Radio.

Alister Wallace

Alister Wallace, PhD

Old Testament

Alister teaches Introduction to Old Testament on our BA Programme. He studied for a degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Ulster and then one in Divinity at Union Theological College. He also has a MTh and PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. He regularly works with missions organisations in ‘Access Restricted Nations’ in Asia training pastors and teaching OT. He is a Pastor with Christian Fellowship Church in Northern Ireland and currently Co-leads their Antrim site with his wife Ruth.

Steve Watts

Steve Watts, PhD

Church History

Steve teaches church history and spirituality. He is Assistant Professor of History and Dean of the Chapel at Crandall University, Moncton, and is the primary History Distance Education Instructor for Regent College, Vancouver. He received his PhD in Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He graduated from Regent in 2010 with an MCS in Interdisciplinary Studies. He presently lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, with his wonderful wife Elissa and four bright-eyed children, Isaac, Lucy, Chloe, and Benjamin.

Aaron White

Aaron White, MA

Biblical Justice

Aaron White is the National Director of 24-7 Prayer Canada and has a Masters in Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary. He has been a pastor, missioner, justice worker and prayer instigator in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for the past 17 years, where he lives with his wife and four children in a community home. He is the Resident Theologian at Jacob’s Well and the Vancouver representative of the International Association for Refugees. Aaron is the co-author of 'Revolution' and 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Kingdom of God'; co-creator The Creative Way Down discipleship resource; and author of 'Recovering: From Brokenness and Addiction to Blessedness and Community'.

Joanna Williamson, DMin

Christian DIalogue with Other Faiths

Joanna teaches christian dialogue with other faiths. She is co-founder and co-director of One Rock International and the founder and of SheLives. She is half Polish and half German. Prior to deciding to work full time for a Christian ministry Joanna worked for Polish government and was responsible for European Union integration and has training in diplomatic protocol. Over the last 20 years she has travelled to over 40 countries around the world training leaders, coaches and mentors. Joanna is a Global Catalyst for Lausanne Movement in the area of Leadership. She is a lecturer at William Carrey International University in California and the director of MA in Public Service Leadership at Waverley Abbey. Joanna and her husband Mark have been involved in leading a Fresh Expression church for the last 16 years.

OUR FACULTY HEADS OF DEPT.

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Lucy Peppiatt, PhD

Lucy has been Principal at WTC since 2013. She teaches courses in Christian doctrine and in spiritual formation. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both English and Theology. She completed her MA in Systematic Theology at King’s College, London, and her PhD through the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Lucy’s research interests are Christ and the Spirit, Charismatic theology, theological anthropology, discipleship, 1 Corinthians, and women in the Bible. Lucy is part of Crossnet Anglican Church in Bristol, which is led by her husband, Nick Crawley. They have four sons and four daughters-in-law.

Lucy Peppiatt, PhD

Principal, Systematic Theology

Find out more about Lucy Peppiatt HERE.

Jack Johnson, PhD Candidate

Jack teaches Systematic Theology at WTC. He holds a BA(Hons) in Christian Theology and Politics from Liverpool Hope University, an MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology from the University of St. Andrews and is a PhD candidate in Divinity also at St. Andrews. Prior to working full-time with WTC he was the administration manager of Storehouse St. Andrews and has also held roles as President of Liverpool Hope Students Union, and teaching responsibilities at the University of St. Andrews. His research interests include: divine being; especially, Divine attribute(s) and passability, time and eternity, Trinity, Christology and prayer.

Jack Johnson, PhD Candidate

Director of P/G Studies, Systematic Theology
Freddy Hedley, PhD

Freddy is Director of Undergraduate Studies and teaches Biblical Studies, with a specific focus on the Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew. He holds a BA in History and English Literature, a PGCE in History, an MA in Kingdom Theology, and he gained his PhD in Hebrew Bible at King's College London in 2022. Prior to working full-time with WTC he was the Director of Fountain School of Theology in Norfolk, UK. His research interests include: Hebrew poetry, especially lament poetry; exilic biblical literature; and the theological traditions of creation and covenant. He is the author of 'The God of Page One' (2012) and 'The Colossian Image' (2016). Freddy lives in Cheltenham with his wife Ali and their two daughters.

Freddy Hedley, PhD

Director of U/G Studies, Old Testament

Find out more about Freddy Hedley HERE.

Alison Blacklee Whittall, MA

Ali teaches study skills, research methods, and Bible at WTC. She supports students with their essay writing by providing appropriate resources and advice. She also works alongside students with learning difficulties or disabilities. Alison holds a BA in Art History with English at Glasgow University, and a Graduate Diploma and MA at WTC. She has been teaching English and study skills in various schools and colleges for around 20 years. She loves art making as well as enjoying the countryside on her mountain and road bikes.

Alison Blacklee Whittall, MA

Student Support, Study Skills & Old Testament

OUR TEACHING FACULTY

(In alphabetical order)

Adesola Akala, PhD

Sola teaches New Testament at WTC. She is a Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University. She holds a BA in History, an MA in Biblical Literature, and a PhD in New Testament from Asbury Seminary, KY. She is the author of 'The Son-Father Relationship and Christological Symbolism in the Gospel of John' (London: T&T Clark, 2014). Sola has also convened two conferences on the glory of God and is currently editing a volume of essays for publication entitled, New Horizons for a Theology of Glory. Sola’s church ministry spans decades of local and international preaching and teaching, aimed at facilitating biblical literacy, theological understanding, and spiritual maturity.

Adesola Akala, PhD

New Testament
Ben Blackwell, PhD

Ben teaches New Testament at WTC. He is also Associate Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University. Ben completed his PhD at Durham University, ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary, and BAs in Accounting and Biblical Languages at Ouachita Baptist University. His primary teaching and research areas include New Testament and Theology, and he thoroughly enjoys interacting with students on a wide variety of topics. With a strong desire to invest in the church, Ben has served as a lay leader in a variety of ministry areas such as social justice missions, teaching, and preaching. He has served for several years as the missions coordinator at Fellowship Church (Dallas). He later served the church in Durham. He enjoys watching football, as well as the Tour de France and other sports like cricket and rugby.

Bosco Bangura, PhD

Bosco holds an undergraduate degree from The Evangelical College of Theology in Freetown Sierra Leone, and Postgraduate qualifications from the Ecumenical Institute Bossey of the University of Geneva, Fourah Bay College at the University of Sierra Leone, and the ETF in Leuven Belgium. His doctoral work was at both the Vrije Universities in Amsterdam and ETF Leuven. He currently holds Senior Researcher positions at ETF Leuven and the PThU in Groningen. He focuses on Missiology, African Pentecostalism, and World Christianity.

Amy Brown Hughes, PhD

Amy teaches Patristics at WTC. She is an assistant professor of theology at Gordon College. She received her PhD in historical theology with an emphasis in early Christianity from Wheaton College. The overarching theme of Amy’s work as a historical theologian is that early Christian writers continue to be fruitful interlocutors in modern discussions of theology. Her research interests include Eastern Christianity, trinitarian and christological thought, Christian asceticism, theological anthropology, and highlighting the contributions of minority voices to theology, especially those of women. She is also a co-host for the theology stream of the biblical studies and theology podcast OnScript.

Amy Brown Hughes, PhD

Church History / Patristics
Tim Burr, MA

Tim gained his MA in Kingdom Theology at WTC before joining the faculty to teach Spiritual Formation for the Graduate Diploma in Student Ministry. Outside of WTC, Tim serves as Discover Team Leader at Ivy Church in Manchester.

Tim Burr, MA

Spiritual Formation
Rev Kate Coleman, PhD

Kate is recognised as one of the most influential black Christian women leaders in the UK. Her first degree was in BSc Biochemistry and Pharmacology at Southampton University. Kate studied Theology, and Church Planting and Evangelism at Spurgeon's College before completing her PhD at the University of Birmingham. She wrote her thesis on a Theological Anthropology of Black Christian Women’s Subjectivities in Postcolonial Britain. Kate is a Baptist Minister, a former President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council. Kate has a vision to develop a new generation of leaders, especially women, enabling them to fulfil their potential and serve to the best of their ability. She is Founder and Co-Director of Next Leadership, and is lecturing with WTC on Spiritual Formation and Leadership as part of the BA and CertHE courses.

Rev Kate Coleman, PhD

Spiritual Formation & Leadership
Rev Joshua Cockayne, PhD

Joshua Cockayne is City Centre Mission Lead in the Diocese of Leeds, leading a team to plant a new midweek church community in the centre of Leeds. He holds a BA in Philosophy, MA in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, and PhD in Philosophical Theology all from the University of York. He is an an honorary lecturer at the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews after teaching in the Logos Institute at St Andrews for the past four years. He has published work in on spirituality, ecclesiology and liturgy in a number of journals. His book on Kierkegaard and the Spiritual life was published by Baylor University Press in 2020.

Rev Nick Crawley, MA

Nick is an ordained Anglican clergyman with experience of ministry in Twickenham, Harare (Zimbabwe), Sheffield and Bristol, where he currently leads Crossnet, an Anglican Network church. Nick is strongly committed to the ministries of the Word and the Spirit; he runs a discipling ministry for young adults through the ‘Bible for Life’ website. His wife Lucy is a Systematic Theologian and author, is currently Principal of WTC. Nick enjoys golf, cycling, photography and walking their dog Max.

Rev Nick Crawley, MA

Spiritual Formation
Bob Ekblad, PhD

Bob teaches missions and social justice at WTC. He is a theologian and missionary. He has spent 33 years in international mission and is particularly passionate about working with the poor and ethnic minorities. Bob holds a ThD in Old Testament. He is an international speaker and has authored five books including 'Reading the Bible With the Damned' (WJK, 2005), 'A New Christian Manifesto' (WJK, 2007), 'The Beautiful Gate' (TPSP, 2017), and 'Guerrilla Gospel' (TPSP, 2018). He founded the Tierra Nueva outreach ministry which ministers to and people affected by immigration, incarceration and addiction, and runs a social coffee farming project. Through Tierra Nueva, Bob and his wife Gracie run the Certificate for Transformational Ministry at the Margins.

Bob Ekblad, PhD

Missions and Social Justice
Alain Emerson, MDiv

Alain teaches Ecclesiology as part of the GradDip in Church Planting & Leadership. Alain has a Masters in Divinity from Union College Belfast and an honours degree in Information Management from Queens University, Belfast. Alain leads a church in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, called Emmanuel Church out of which a growing movement and family of churches as been birthed called Tobar. Alain has been leading church for almost 20 years and spends most of his time inputting into churches, raising and multiplying leaders, developing a vision for city-wide impact and encouraging the planting of new churches. He is also the leader of 24-7prayer in Ireland and the author of 'Luminous Dark' (London: Muddy Pearl, 2017). He is married and has three children.

Rev Anthony Delaney

Anthony teaches spiritual formation and leadership as part of the GradDip in Church Planting and Leadership programme. He has an honours degree in Theology, leads Ivy Church, Manchester, and is an ordained minister in the Church of England. Anthony is originally from Manchester, where he was a Police Officer in GMP for ten years. He works closely with The Message Trust and has authored several books including 'The B.E.S.T. Marriage', 'Diamond Geezers' and 'The Don’t Have To Do List'. He is a regular columnist for Sorted magazine and a BBC Radio pundit.

Rev Anthony Delaney

Spiritual Formation for Church Planting & Leadership
Rev Canon Andrew Goddard, PhD

Andrew teaches Christian ethics on the MA Programme. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics based in Cambridge where he was previously Associate Director. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anglican Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He has been Tutor in Christian Ethics at Trinity College, Bristol (2008-2013) and also taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and was a member of the Faculty of Theology in Oxford University, (1999-2008). He is now living in central London where he is Assistant Minister at St James the Less, Pimlico and where his wife, Lis, is vicar.

Peter Hartwig, MDiv Candidate

Peter teaches theological anthropology at WTC. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and an MDiv candidate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was formerly theologian in residence at National Community Church in DC and the academic associate at the Center for Calling and Theological Formation at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. He is currently "making tents” at Global Endowment Management. Peter is interested in systematic theology broadly, but more specifically in pneumatology, the imago Dei, and the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He also contributes to kingdomofgod.academy.

Peter Hartwig, MDiv Candidate

Theological Anthropology
Nick Hoult, MA

Nick Hoult lives in south Birmingham with his wife Cristina and their four children. He holds a Bsc in Outdoor Studies from Lancaster, then a GradDip and MA from WTC. In 2009 they built their home on a deprived estate and planted a Church in the basement, which has since spread out into the surrounding community. Nick is passionate about sharing the Gospel as well as taking his children sking, rock climbing and other outdoor stuff.

Nick Hoult, MA

Missiology
Jasper Knecht, PhD

Jasper teaches Christian Doctrine at WTC. He grew up in the Netherlands, and completed his BA in Theology and Biblical Studies at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (Evangelical Theological Faculty) or ETF in Leuven, Belgium. He completed his MPhil and PhD in Systematic and Historical Theology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Jasper’s research focuses on the reception and propagation of 5th- and 6th- century conciliar, Christological theology in the early Medieval Church (the Carolingian Empire). His interests include the history of doctrine, and particularly the development of Christological thought in the Patristic era, Late Antiquity, and the Early Medieval Church. Jasper is married to Stefania and is a big fan of classical music. Besides his work at WTC, he works with a Christian think tank in Austria.

Jasper Knecht, PhD

Systematic Theology
Roger Mitchell, PhD

Roger is a lecturer in political theology. After decades as church planting evangelist, strategic prayer mobiliser and reconciliation facilitator Roger has spent the past fourteen years as a doctoral researcher and honorary research fellow at Lancaster University where he was also the partnerships coordinator for the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies. He now convenes the Ashburnham Kingdom Theology Research Collective. Roger has a BA in English with Religious Studies, an MA and a PhD in Religious Studies from Lancaster University.His most recent publications include “Authority Without Sovereignty”, edited by Anthony J. Carroll et al (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2015); "Cultivating New Post-secular Political Space" (Routledge, 2019).

Roger Mitchell, PhD

Political Theology
Tamara Knudson, PhD

Tamara teaches Old Testament at WTC. She holds a BA from Multnomah University, an MLitt from the University of St Andrews, and is currently a PhD candidate in Biblical Studies at the University of St Andrews. Her work focuses on literary analysis of the Old Testament, with particular attention to the portrayal of female characters, intertextuality, and oaths and vows as poetic devices. She is married to Ethan, and they have one daughter, Eilidh. As a family, they love the outdoors and the joy of a good book.

Tamara Knudson, PhD

Old Testament
Bev Murrill, MA

Bev teaches transformational leadership at WTC. She has been the senior leader of a UK network of churches (Christian Growth International) for almost two decades and speaks internationally at conferences and churches on the need for Christians to operate as catalysts for the Kingdom of God in their spheres of influence. Her Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, combined with over 30 years’ experience, enables her to speak into issues of leadership as a consultant and mentor in church and charity sectors. A pioneer and innovator, Bev is the visionary founder for Liberti magazine UK, Cherish Uganda, Kyria Network for women leaders, and other projects in UK and Australia. Bev is a widow, after having been married 46 years to Rick with whom she co-led CGI. She has 4 children and 12 grandchildren living in UK and Australia.

Jason Myers, PhD

Jason teaches New Testament at WTC, where he also supervises BA and MA dissertations. He is Associate Professor of Religion at Greensboro College, Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary, his MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Michigan, and his BA from Cedarville University, Ohio. He is the co-author of “The Paul Quest II” with Ben Witherington III (IVP 2019). He lectures in India, Nigeria, Estonia, Turkey, Italy, and England. Jason is active in both the academy and the church and has preached and taught at several churches in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jason is married and recently became a dad for the second time.

Jason Myers, PhD

New Testament
Ruth Perrin, PhD

Ruth has a BA in History from Leeds University, an MA in Theology and Ministry from Cranmer Hall, and a PhD from the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. In addition to teaching on our Graduate Diploma in Student Ministry, she is a Leech Research Fellow undertaking post-doctoral research into the faith of Millennials in the North-East of England. She is also a tutor on the Cranmer Free Church Track, associate staff at King’s Church Durham and a trainer in Christian leadership. Her published works include: The Bible Reading of Young Evangelicals (Wipf & Stock 2016); ‘Searching for Sisters’ in The Faith Life of Women and Girls (Ashgate 2013) and Inspiring Women; Discovering Biblical Role Models (Grove B42).

Ruth Perrin, PhD

Church and Student Culture
Prof Andrew Parker, PhD

Andrew teaches Professional Formation. He is a freelance leadership consultant with specific expertise in the 1-1 coaching of high-level leaders. Between 2008-2018 he was Professor of Sport and Christian Outreach at the University of Gloucestershire and prior to that he was Associate Professor at the University of Warwick (1999-2008) where he completed his PhD. He presently fulfils academic duties at St Padarn’s Institute (University of Cardiff) and Truett Seminary. With over 100 published articles, working papers and commissioned reports to his name (including 10 edited books), Andrew is an established academic who has a reputation as an effective leader and communicator and whose work is accessible to a wide audience.

Prof Andrew Parker, PhD

Professional Formation
Annalisa Philips Wilson, PhD

Annalisa teaches New Testament at WTC. She holds an MA from King’s College London, and is currently a PhD candidate in New Testament studies at Durham University. Her research is on Paul’s instructions regarding Torah observance in comparison with ancient Stoic ethical reasoning. She returned to biblical studies after years spent at home caring for her two children, and working in churches in Virginia (USA), and Buckinghamshire. Annalisa has two decades of experience in a wide variety of church work, including teaching, mentoring and discipleship, children’s work, and music ministry. She currently studies at a distance whilst assisting her husband in a church revitalisation work in Finchley, North London, where they live with their two boys, a dog, and far too many footballs for her to keep track of.

Tobias Siegenthaler, PhD Candidate

Tobias grew up in Switzerland surrounded by mountains and nature. After completing school his interest for theology was awakened by reading Bonhoeffer’s letters from prison. In the following years he studied theology and completed an apprenticeship as a metal-worker. For some time he worked in construction and later, for several years, caring for migrants from different backgrounds. Next to that he was employed by different churches, which formed his understanding of ministry. He is currently working on his PhD thesis, which focuses on how the gospel of Luke picks up patterns from the Joseph-narratives in Genesis to tell the story about Jesus. In his leisure time he still enjoys nature and sports.

Tobias Siegenthaler, PhD Candidate

New Testament and Mission
Christina Walker, MA

Christina teaches preaching and communication at WTC. In addition to her role at WTC, she also teaches Voice and Communication to ordinands at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. She also runs ‘BeSpoke,’ which offers Voice Coaching for anyone who is ‘up front’ and wanting to be confident (bespokevoice.com). She holds a BA in Theatre from Surrey, an MA in Professional Voice Practice, Birmingham City, and a Post-Grad Cert in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London. Christina trained in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting nearly 40 years ago. The latest course of study has been on ‘Listening Well’, which – notwithstanding her passion for Voice – has been a poignant reminder of why we’ve been given 2 ears and only 1 mouth. Christina has had a varied career in theatre, TV, radio and corporate videos and currently has a regular devotional slot on Premier Christian Radio.

Chloe Swart, PhD Candidate

Chloe teaches student mission at WTC. She holds an undergraduate degree in Theology and Religion from the University of Chichester and is awaiting a VIVA for her PhD, investigating healing miracles in Wales. She has been the student worker at her local church, Cornerstone in Swansea, for 7 years as well as working part time for Alpha as head of Alpha, Wales. She is married to Russo, a South African, who is completing an Engineering PhD at Swansea University.

Alister Wallace, PhD

Alister teaches Introduction to Old Testament on our BA Programme. He studied for a degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Ulster and then one in Divinity at Union Theological College. He also has a MTh and PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. He regularly works with missions organisations in ‘Access Restricted Nations’ in Asia training pastors and teaching OT. He is a Pastor with Christian Fellowship Church in Northern Ireland and currently Co-leads their Antrim site with his wife Ruth.

Steve Watts, PhD

Steve teaches church history and spirituality. He is Assistant Professor of History and Dean of the Chapel at Crandall University, Moncton, and is the primary History Distance Education Instructor for Regent College, Vancouver. He received his PhD in Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He graduated from Regent in 2010 with an MCS in Interdisciplinary Studies. He presently lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, with his wonderful wife Elissa and four bright-eyed children, Isaac, Lucy, Chloe, and Benjamin.

Steve Watts, PhD

Church History
Joanna Williamson, DMin

Joanna teaches spiritual formation. She is co-founder and co-director of One Rock International and the founder and of SheLives. She is half Polish and half German. Prior to deciding to work full time for a Christian ministry Joanna worked for Polish government and was responsible for European Union integration and has training in diplomatic protocol. Over the last 20 years she has travelled to over 40 countries around the world training leaders, coaches and mentors. Joanna is a Global Catalyst for Lausanne Movement in the area of Leadership. She is a lecturer at William Carrey International University in California and the director of MA in Public Service Leadership at Waverley Abbey. Joanna and her husband Mark have been involved in leading a Fresh Expression church for the last 16 years.

Joanna Williamson, DMin

Spiritual Formation
Aaron White, MA

Aaron is the National Director of 24-7 Prayer Canada and has a Masters in Theological Studies from Tyndale Seminary. He has been a pastor, missioner, justice worker and prayer instigator in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for the past 17 years, where he lives with his wife and four children in a community home. He is the Resident Theologian at Jacob’s Well and the Vancouver representative of the International Association for Refugees. Aaron is the co-author of 'Revolution' and 'The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Kingdom of God'; co-creator 'The Creative Way Down' discipleship resource; and author of 'Recovering: From Brokenness and Addiction to Blessedness and Community'.

Aaron White, MA

Biblical Justice

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