Lucy Peppiatt PhD
Principal, Systematic Theology
Lucy has 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, discipleship, and 1 Corinthians. She and her husband, Nick Crawley, lead Crossnet Anglican Church in Bristol. They have four sons.
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PhD, Systematic Theology, Otago University, New Zealand 2011
MA, Systematic Theology, King’s College, London 2005
BD, University of London External Programme 2003
Lay Reader Training, Diocese of London, 1990-1993
BA, Hons English Literature & Language, University of Birmingham, 1987
Unveiling Paul’s Women: Making Sense of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2018.
Women and Worship at Corinth: Paul’s Rhetorical Arguments in 1 Corinthians. Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock. 2015.
The Disciple: On Becoming Truly Human. Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2012.
“Women and Worship in Paul’s Churches: Apostles, Prophets, and Teachers.” The Bible and Interpretation, http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/2017/09/pep418013.shtml September, 2017.Review of Trevor J. Burke and Keith Warrington, A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit. Theology. Theology 118, no.2 (2015): 125-126.“New directions in Spirit Christology: A Foundation for a Charismatic Theology.” Theology 117, no. 1 (2014): 3-10.
Review of Richard Bauckham, “Jesus and the God of Israel:’God Crucified’ and other Studies on the New Testament’s Christology of Divine Identity.” Journal of Reformed Theology 5, no. 2 (2011): 233-234.
Review of John R.Levison. “Filled with the Spirit.” Reviews in Religion & Theology 18, no. 2 (2011): 270-272.
Review of John A. Studebaker. “The Lord is the Spirit: The Authority of the Holy Spirit in Contemporary Theology and Church Practice.” Reviews in Religion & Theology 17, no. 3 (2010): 422-424.
Matt Lynch PhD
Academic Dean, Old Testament
Matt teaches Old Testament and serves as Dean of Studies at WTC. Matt is the author of Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) and various articles on the Old Testament. He also co-hosts a podcast on biblical studies (onscript.study) and blogs regularly at theologicalmisc.net. Matt is particularly interested in helping students grasp the theological and literary contours of the Old Testament, wrestle through its ethical and historical challenges, and understand its ongoing significance. Matt is married and has two children.
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Postdoctoral Research, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, 2011-13
Ph.D., Hebrew Bible, Emory University 2012
Th.M., Old Testament, Regent College 2008
M.A., Christian Studies, Regent College 2006
B.A., Biblical Studies, Cairn University 2001
Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles: Temple, Priesthood, and Kingship in Post-Exilic Perspective.
Forschungen zum Alten Testament II. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014.
- “Mapping Monotheism: Modes of Monotheistic Rhetoric in the Hebrew Bible.” Vetus Testamentum 64 (2014):47-68.
- “House.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Edited by Hans-Josef Klauck et al. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013.
- “The Prophet’s šartum u sissiktum ‘Hair and Hem’ and the Mantic Context of Prophetic Oracles at Mari.” Journal for the Study of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 13 (2013):11-29.
- “Divine Supremacy and the Temple in the Book of Chronicles: 2 Chronicles 2 and the Fifth Book of Psalms.” Forthcoming essay in the Proceedings of the “Psalmen und Chronik” Conference held at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München. Munich: August 20-23, 2012.
- Co-translation of the book of Job for the Common English Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2011.
- “Dam [blood].” Cols. 689-95 in Theologische Wörterbuch zu dem Qumrantexte. Band 1; Edited by Josef Fabry, Ulrich Dahmen et al; Bonn: Kohlhammer, 2011.
- “Neglected Physical Dimensions of ‘Shame’ Terminology in the Hebrew Bible.” Biblica 91 (2010): 499-517.
- “Zion’s Warrior and the Nations: Isaiah 59:15b-63:6 within Isaiah’s Zion Traditions.” The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 70.2 (2008): 244-263.
- “Bursting at the Seams: Phonetic Rhetoric in the Speeches of Elihu.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 30.3 (2006): 345-64.
Stephen Backhouse PhD
Dean of Theology for the Local Church
Stephen is the Director and primary teacher of Tent Theology. For over two decades he has been delivering real theology to thousands of Christians around the world in churches, universities, schools, festivals, political party conferences, youth camps, newspapers, magazines, television and podcasts.
Stephen has a doctorate from the University of Oxford and multiple master’s degrees from McGill University in Montreal and Oxford, where he also did his undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology.
He is a historian of Christian thought, an expert on the work of Søren Kierkegaard and a recognised authority on the political theology of nations and nationalism. He is the author of many publications, including Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism (OUP: 2011), the Compact Guide to Christian History (Lion: 2011) and the award-winning popular biography Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Zondervan: 2016).
Stephen travels extensively. He has lived in the United States, and makes his home in Britain and Canada.
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Rev. Bob Ekblad PhD
Missions and Social Justice
Bob is a theologian and missionary. He has spent 25 years in international mission and is particularly passionate about working with the poor and ethnic minorities, as well as teaching on Mission and Social Justice Classes. Bob is an international speaker and has authored three books including Reading the Bible With the Damned (WJK, 2005). He founded the Tierra Nueva outreach ministry which ministers to prisoners and runs a social coffee farming project.
Rev. Brad Jersak PhD
New Testament and Patristics
Rev. Dr. Brad Jersak (Reader Irenaeus) is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, Canada. He teaches New Testament and Patristics at WTC. After serving as pastor and church-planter for twenty years, he now travels for Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship and serves as reader at All-Saints Orthodox Monastery. Brad’s focus today is on writing accessible theology, facilitating ‘listening prayer’ seminars, and teaching college courses. His emphases are the Gospels, Cruciform theology , and contemplative spirituality applied to prophetic justice. He is currently editor of www.clarion-journal.com and senior editor Plain Truth Ministries (www.ptm.org).
Post-Doctoral Research, University of Nottingham, 2014
Ph.D., Theology and Religious Studies, Bangor University, Wales, 2013
M.Div., Biblical Studies, Trinity Western University/ACTS, 1995
M.A., Biblical Studies, Briercrest Seminary, 1988
B.R.E., Biblical Studies, Briercrest Bible College, 1986
Church Planter / Teacher – Fresh Wind Christian Fellowship, Abbotsford, Canada. (1998-2008). Special emphasis on the marginalized: People with disabilities, addictions and the poor. Licensed Minister – 1998.
Associate Minister – Bethel Mennonite Church, Aldergrove, Canada. (1988-1997). Ordained Reverend – 1990. Special emphasis on youth, young adults, evangelism and community service.
Adjunct or Sessional Faculty – Currently adjunct with St. Stephen’s University (St. Stephen, Canada). Previously since 1998 – Canadian Mennonite University – Winnipeg, Canada), Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute (Camrose, Canada), Columbia Bible College (Abbotsford, Canada), Living Faith Bible College (Caroline, Canada).
Founder / co-editor: Fresh Wind Press (2003-present), 30 titles. Of these, I have written, co-written or edited ten works in theology, spirituality and political science.
(author).A More Christlike God, A More Beautiful Gospel. Pasadena, CA: Plain Truth Ministries, 2015.
(translator, editor). Simone Weil, Awaiting God. Abbotsford, BC: Freshwind Press, 2012.
(author). Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God Who Speaks. Abbotsford: Fresh Wind, 2003; Grand Rapids / Oxford: Monarch Press, 2006. Tr. into Korean by Kim So-young. Seoul: YWAM Publishing, 2006; Kannst Du Mich Horen? Tr. into German by RDE. Leudenscheid: Asaph-Verlag, 2009.
(illustrator). Children Can You Hear Me? Abbotsford: Fresh Wind, 2004.
(author). Fear No Evil: Breaking Free from the Culture of Fear. Abbotsford: Fresh Wind, 2006.
(co-author). Brad Jersak and Ron Dart George P. Grant: Canada’s Lone Wolf – Essays in Political Philosophy. Abbotsford: Fresh Wind, 2011.
(author). George P. Grant: Minerva’s Snowy Owl – Essays in Political Theology. Abbotsford, BC: Freshwind Press, 2012.
(author). Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell and the New Jerusalem. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009.
(author). Kissing the Leper: Seeing Jesus in the Least of These. Abbotsford: Fresh Wind, 2006.
(author). Red Tory, Red Virgin: Essays on Simone Weil and George P. Grant. Abbotsford, BC: Freshwind Press, 2012.
(co-author). Brad Jersak and Eden Jersak. Rivers from Eden. Abbotsford: Fresh Wind, 2005.
(co-ed.). Brad Jersak and Ron Dart Spiders & Bees: Collected Essays. Abbotsford: Fresh Wind, 2008.
(co-ed.). Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin Stricken by God? Nonviolent Atonement and the Victory of Christ. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
Blogger (creator /editor, blogger, guest blogger):
The Clarion Journal for Spirituality and Justice (www.clarion-journal.com);
The Owl: George Grant Journal (www.theowlgeorgegrant.blogspot.ca);
The Red Virgin: Simone Weil (simone-weil.tumblr.com);
Red Letter Christians (www.redletterchristians.org)
Adesola Akala PhD
As an ordained minister, Sola has held teaching, pastoral, and administrative positions in independent churches. In addition to establishing lay bible schools, ministry training institutes, and prayer teams for local churches, she travelled extensively, teaching and preaching in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, United States, South East Asia and Australia.
After over twenty years of ministry, Sola embarked on an academic journey in the US where she added to her previous BA in History, a Master of Divinity, MA in Biblical Literature, and a PhD in Biblical Studies. Her published doctoral dissertation is entitled, The Son-Father Relationship and Christological Symbolism in the Gospel of John (London: T&T Clark, 2014). Currently based at St John’s College, Sola is writing a book for InterVarsity Press entitled, The Prayers of Paul: A Biblical and Practical Theology of Prayer. She is the convener of the Exploring the Glory of God Conference, which explores biblical, theological, and aesthetic perspectives of God’s glory (www.gloryconference.wordpress.com).
Sola’s research interests include the Gospel of John, the Synoptic Gospels, Pauline literature, and biblical theology and of course, the glory of God. In addition to academic research, she continues in her mission to promote biblical and theological literacy in local congregations.
Alison Blacklee Whittall MA
Study Skills Tutor
Alison joined the team in 2011 and her role is to support students with their essay writing by providing appropriate resources and advice. She is also the person to contact if you have, or suspect you have, a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.
In addition to working at WTC, Alison is also a student on the MA course and has another job working as a Literacy and Study Skills Coach at a Secondary School in Cheltenham. She grew up in North Lancashire and originally studied Art History with English at Glasgow University. She has been teaching for nearly 20 years, but would generally rather be making mosaics or careering through a forest on her mountain bike.
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Ben Blackwell PhD
Ben teaches Paul in Contemporary Perspective at WTC. Ben is also Assistant Professor of Christianity at Houston 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. He regularly incorporates group discussion into his classes as a means of helping students understand the relevance of the Bible in ancient and modern contexts. Ben completed his Ph.D. at Durham University, where he served as research assistant for N.T. Wright and John Barclay. At Durham, Ben was a Doctoral Fellow and later a Junior Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College. Ben is the author of Christosis: Pauline Soteriology in Light of Deification in Irenaeus and Cyril of Alexandria (2011). 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.
Rev Anthony Delaney
Anthony is originally from Manchester (Denton), where he was a Police Officer in GMP for ten years. He has an honours degree in Theology and is an ordained minister in the Church of England. A gifted and inspirational leader, Anthony is committed to multiplication of leadership, impact and effectiveness in the city of Manchester. 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.
Catherine Delve MA, CPBA, CPMA, CPAA
Spiritual Formation & Leadership
Catherine has nearly thirty years experience leading teams and businesses in the commercial, church and charity sectors. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Management Learning as well as WTC’s Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology. Her expertise relates primarily to the dynamics of personal and organisational learning and development, including the management and leadership of change. She is also a practitioner in the Trimetrix psychometric tool. Beginning her career as a buyer for the then Burton Group, Catherine has worked at a senior level with leading brands such as Mulberry and Aquascutum as well as running her own business. Following a period of working as a management consultant while she completed her masters, Catherine moved into church leadership and led a young, thriving, missional Pioneer church in Surrey for five years. She is currently Chief Operations Officer for WTC as well as teaching on the Spiritual Formation and Leadership module. Catherine is also a Certified Professional Behaviours, Motivators and Acumen Analyst.
Stephen Dempster PhD
Steve has studied at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia and the University of Toronto. He has published in the area of Old Testament Canon and Biblical Theology and has a recent interest in Bible Translation, having spent part of last summer in Cameroon, West Africa. He has taught Old Testament and Hebrew Language at Crandall University for twenty-seven years, a small Christian liberal arts school in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Steve is passionate about trying to connect Scripture with life in our postmodern world. He is currently writing commentaries on Genesis, Micah and Jeremiah. He also loves the game of baseball.
Rev Andrew Goddard PhD
Andrew 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 his Assistant Minister at St James the Less, Pimlico and where his wife, Lis, is vicar.
He is the author of Living the Word, Resisting the World: The Life and Thought of Jacques Ellul (Paternoster Biblical and Theological Monographs, 2002); A Pocket Guide to Ethical Issues (Lion Books, 2006); Homosexuality and the Church of England (Grove Books, 2004); Good Disagreement? Grace and Truth in a Divided Church (ed. with Andrew Atherstone, 2016); Rowan Williams: His Legacy (Lion Books, 2013) and others.
Freddy Hedley MA
Old & New Testaments
Freddy teaches Biblical Studies in both Old and New Testaments. He is Director of Fountain School of Theology in Norfolk, UK and is currently undertaking a PhD in Old Testament scholarship at King’s College London, researching the role of covenant in the book of Lamentations. He is the author of The God of Page One (2012) and The Colossian Image (2016). Freddy is married to Ali and they have two daughters.
Jasper Knecht MPhil
Jasper, who grew up in the Netherlands, started studying Theology and Biblical Studies at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (Evangelical Theological Faculty) or ETF in Leuven, Belgium. After obtaining his Bachelor, he moved to the University of St Andrews, Scotland to work on a Research-Master’s Degree in Systematic and Historical Theology. Currently, Jasper is in the midst of finishing up his doctoral dissertation, which focuses on the reception and propagation of 5th- and 6th- century conciliar, Christological theology in the early Medieval Church (the Carolingian Empire). Jasper’s interests very much lie with the History of Doctrine, and particularly the development of Christological thought in the Patristic Era, Late Antiquity, and the Early Medieval Church. At WTC, Jasper supervises BA dissertations, teaches on Systematic Theology (especially Christology), and he helps to moderate and mark papers.
Roger Haydon Mitchell PhD
Roger is an honorary research fellow in the Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department at Lancaster University where he also serves as the external partnerships co-ordinator for the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies. Roger is author of, or contributor to, many books and articles, most recently the three related volumes Church Gospel and Empire, The Fall of the Church andDiscovering Kenarchy (Wipf & Stock 2011, 2013, 2014). He and his wife Sue have worked together to reposition the church to serve the world in many guises throughout the last forty years. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Jason Myers PhD
Galatians and New Testament
Jason is the assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Greensboro College and is now in his third year at the college. He received his Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 2015. His dissertation focused on the theme of obedience in Romans. His interest in the Apostle Paul has led to numerous presentations, a forthcoming book on Paul for IVP (2018) co-written with his advisor Dr. Ben Witherington III, and teaching 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 they recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.
Rev Chris Pemberton
Leadership and Church History
Chris teaches leadership and Church History modules at WTC, and is also a staff member of Lead Academy, founded to provide mentoring for church leaders in the UK. Until August 2009 he was vicar of St Mary Bredin, Canterbury, Kent where he served for 11 years. Chris has worked in marketing in London for Dunlop Holdings, as a university chaplain and taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. For the last 15 years Chris has been a member of the Anglican College of Evangelists, leading missions and teaching programmes in the UK and overseas while also being on the national and international New Wine leadership team where he served as the New Wine Training Director from 2009 to 2013. Chris is married and now lives in Radwinter on the Essex/Suffolk border where he can pursue his interests in walking, reading, and following Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Jo Soper MA
Jo teaches our module on hermeneutics. She is passionate about interpreting the Bible for freedom and transformation. Jo studied theology first at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, and then did her Masters in Biblical Interpretation at London School of Theology. With her husband Jon, she leads Exeter Network Church – a Bishop’s Mission Order looking to shape itself around mission and following the Spirit without being unnecessarily weird. She loves learning, teaching, body boarding, a glass of good red wine, and getting opportunities to pray for people who have never encountered Jesus.
Christina Walker MA
Christina Walker is a visiting lecturer in Voice and Communication at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and Regent’s Theological College in West Malvern; she has also delivered a Communications in Preaching workshop at Trinity College in Bristol. Alongside she works with business and private clients wanting to improve their presenting and vocal skills and regularly makes presentations and voiceovers herself.
Christina attends Great Malvern Priory where she runs ‘Sketch Club’, a youth drama group and sings in worship bands whenever she gets the chance. She trained in Musical Theatre and has 20+ years’ experience in professional theatre, TV & radio. At New Wine in 2012 God spoke the words “Up a level” and provided the funding to complete a Masters in Professional Voice Practice at Birmingham City University, proving His goodness to someone who didn’t even complete ‘A’ levels!
Connect with her at www.uk.linkedin.com/in/voicecoach
Rikk Watts PhD
Initially trained as an aeronautical engineer, Rikk Watts worked for a number of years with IBM in large retail systems engineering while undertaking a degree in philosophy, art history, and sociology. He later joined a parachurch organization engaged in Christian awareness projects in public schools and in providing crisis accommodation and various rehabilitation programs for the urban poor. He was a founding member of On Being, a major Australian Christian magazine, and supported himself and his family as a professional drummer.
In addition to his current full time role as Professor of New Testament at Regent College, Rikk has served as an instructor at Gordon-Conwell (Boston), Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), Latrobe University (Melbourne), and the Bible College of Victoria (Melbourne). He presently attends Living Waters, which is part of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, and is also a member of the preaching team. Rikk Watts is married to Katie, a primary teacher, and they have two adult children, Steven and Rebecca. In addition to an obsession with sailing, he enjoys movies, good restaurants, music, reading, and going for long walks with Katie.
BSc – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
MA, MDiv – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Ph.D. – Cambridge University
Steve Watts PhD
Steve is passionate about the creative relationship between Christian belief and culture. He completed his PhD in Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews and believes there is much to be gained today from an informed understanding of the Medieval Church. He has previously completed masters degrees in Medieval Studies (St Andrews) and Christian Studies (Regent College, Canada), and a bachelors degree in English and the Humanities (Simon Fraser, Canada). Steve is married to Elissa and they have two wonderful children, Isaac and Lucy. They attend the Kingdom Vineyard, where Steve is permitted to get behind the drum kit from time to time.
Joanna Williamson DMin
Christian Dialogue with Other Faiths
Joanna is a co-founder and co-director of One Rock International, Leadership and Mentoring Organization. She leads on the curriculum development in the areas of Spiritual Formation and Global Mission, and also on partnerships in the United States, Latin America and Asia. She is the author of biographies on Hudson Taylor and Amy Carmichael. Outside of One Rock she is a trustee of Renovare Britain and Ireland, and associate lecture in theology at Rio De Janeiro Methodist Seminary. Joanna has extensive experience in training leaders in many different countries around the world. Prior to her work in Christian Leadership training she worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Diplomatic Protocol.
Joanna is married to Mark, they led Café Church for the last 11 years together in south west London, where they still work and mentor young adults. She loves nature, travel and learning languages. If she could she would love to have a German Shepherd and take him for long walks.