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Lucy Peppiatt Principal WTCLucy Peppiatt, PhD
Principal, Systematic Theology

Lucy has been Principal at WTC since 2013. She teaches Christian doctrine and spiritual formation and leadership. 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, 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 a daughter-in-law.

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Education

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

Books

  • Rediscovering Scripture’s Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts. IVP Academic, 2019
  • 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.

Articles & Essays

  • “Man as the Image and Glory of God and Woman as the Glory of Man: Perspicuity or Ambiguity?” Priscilla Papers 33.3 (2019): 12-18. 
  • “Life in the Spirit: Christ’s and Ours,” in The Christian Doctrine of Humanity. Eds. Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018, 165-181.
  • “That We May Know Him…,” in Essays on the Trinity. Ed. Lincoln Harvey. Eugene, Or: Cascade, 2018, 63-84.
  • “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.
  • “New directions in Spirit Christology: A Foundation for a Charismatic Theology.” Theology 117, no. 1 (2014): 3-10.

Matt Lynch Faculty WTCMatt Lynch, PhD
Academic Dean, Old Testament

Matt teaches Old Testament and serves as Academic Dean at WTC. He holds a BA in biblical studies from Cairn University, Philadelphia, an MA and ThM in Christian Studies and Old Testament from Regent College, Vancouver, and a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Emory University, Atlanta. He also co-hosts a podcast on biblical studies (onscript.study) and blogs 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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Education

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

Books

  • Portraying Violence in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary and Cultural Study. New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020.
  • 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.

Articles

  • “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.

Personal Site
wtctheology.academia.edu/MatthewLynch


Jasper Knecht Faculty WTCJasper Knecht, PhD
Assistant Dean of Studies, 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 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.


Ali Blacklee Whittal Faculty WTCAlison Blacklee Whittall, MA
Study Skills and Bible

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.

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Bob Ekblad Faculty WTCRev Bob Ekblad, ThD
Missions and 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 (WJK, 2005), A New Christian Manifesto: Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom of God (WJK, 2007), The Beautiful Gate: Enter Jesus’ Global Liberation Movement (The People’s Seminary Press, 2017), and Guerrilla Gospel: Reading the Bible for Liberation in the Power of the Spirit (The People’s Seminary Press, 2018). He founded the Tierra Nueva outreach ministry which ministers to and people affected by immigration, incarceration and addiction (www.tierra-nueva.org), and runs a social coffee farming project. Through Tierra Nueva, Bob and his wife Gracie run the Certificate for Transformational Ministry at the Margins. Learn more about Bob HERE.


Adesola Akala Faculty WTCAdesola 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.


Stephen Backhouse Faculty WTC

Stephen Backhouse, PhD
Bible and Political Theology

Stephen teaches Introduction to the New Testament at WTC. He is the director and primary teacher of Tent Theology. Stephen has a doctorate from the University of Oxford and master’s degrees from McGill University in Montreal and Oxford, where he also did his undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology. For over two decades he has been teaching theology to Christians around the world in churches, universities, schools, festivals, political party conferences, and youth camps.

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 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), the Compact Guide to Christian History (Lion: 2011), the award-winning popular biography Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Grand Rapids: Zondervan: 2016), Essential Companion to Christian History (Zondervan, 2019). He has lived in the United States, and makes his home in Britain and Canada.


Ben Blackwell Faculty WTCBen 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 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011; rev. ed. Eerdmans, 2016) and Participating in the Righteousness of God: Justification in Pauline Theology (Eerdmans, forthcoming 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.


Anthony Delaney Faculty WTCRev Anthony Delaney
Spiritual Formation for Church Planting and 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.


Stephen Dempster Faculty WTCStephen Dempster, PhD
Old Testament

Steve teaches Old Testament. He is also Stuart E. Murray Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. He has a BA, multiple masters degrees and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He has published in the area of Old Testament Canon and Biblical Theology including Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2003). He has taught Old Testament and Hebrew Language at Crandall University for twenty-seven years. 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.


Alain Emerson WTC FacultyAlain 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 24-7prayer in Ireland and the author of Luminous Dark (London: Muddy Pearl, 2017). He is married and has three children.


Andrew Goddard Faculty WTCRev 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 his Assistant Minister at St James the Less, Pimlico and where his wife, Lis, is vicar.

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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.


Peter Hartwig Faculty WTCPeter Hartwig, MDiv Candidate
Theology

Peter teaches theology at WTC. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MPhil from Cambridge. He is currently an MDiv candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also the academic associate at the Center for Calling and Theological Formation at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. He is interested in systematic theology broadly, but more specifically in pneumatology, the imago Dei, and the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.


Freddy Hedley Faculty WTCFreddy 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.


Roger Mitchell profileRoger Haydon 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, Church, Gospel and Empire: How the Politics of Sovereignty Impregnated the West (Wipf & Stock, 2011); The Fall of the Church (Wipf & Stock, 2013); Discovering Kenarchy: Contemporary Resources for the Politics of Love; essays edited together with Julie Tomlin Arran (Wipf & Stock, 2014); “Authority Without Sovereignty” in Towards a Kenotic Vision of Authority in the Catholic Church, edited by Anthony J. Carroll et al (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2015); Cultivating New Post-secular Political Space (Routledge, 2019).


Bev Murrill roundBev 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 profileJason 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, forthcoming 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.


Andrew Parker WTC FacultyAndrew 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 in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Warwick (1999-2008) where he completed his PhD in (1992-1997). Andrew has undertaken a variety of leadership, management and mentoring roles during his time in UK higher education at Department, School and Faculty level. He presently fulfils academic duties at St Padarn’s Institute (University of Cardiff) and Truett Seminary (Baylor University, Texas) Andrew also has an interest in law and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2009. 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.


Chris Pemberton profileRev Chris Pemberton
Leadership and Church History

Chris teaches church history, spiritual formation, and leadership at WTC. Chris is also a Teaching Associate at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he teaches modules on spiritual formation and leadership. Chris holds a BA in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield, and completed his ordination training at Cranmer Hall, Durham. Until August 2009 he was vicar of St Mary Bredin, Canterbury, Kent where he served for 11 years. He has worked in marketing in London for Dunlop Holdings, as a university chaplain and taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. For the last 18 years he has been a member of the Anglican College of Evangelists, leading missions and teaching programmes in the UK and overseas. 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 SoperJo Soper, MA
Hermeneutics

Jo teaches hermeneutics. 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 is passionate about interpreting the Bible for freedom and transformation. 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 WalkerChristina 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 Surry, 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.


Steve Watts profileSteve Watts, PhD
Church History

Steve teaches church history and spirituality. He received his PhD in Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews and was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He graduated from Regent in 2010 with an MCS in Interdisciplinary Studies and has since been a guest lecturer for Christian Thought and Culture and Church History I. He presently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wonderful wife Elissa and three bright-eyed children, Isaac, Lucy, and Chloe.


Joanna Williamson profileJoanna Williamson, DMin
Christian Dialogue with Other Faiths

Joanna teaches christian dialogue with other faiths. She 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.


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