Length of time at Regents Theological College (RTC):
Life before RTC:
After my A levels, I worked in local government for a year and then left South Wales (Caerphilly) and worked with Operation Mobilisation for 15 months in England, Belgium and Italy. After that,I went to London Bible College and gained my BA. Thereafter, I planted a church with Judy, my wife, in Bootle, Merseyside. After 5 years there, we then led a church in Ilkeston, Derbyshire before undertaking my role as NT lecturer at RTC (then known as Elim Bible College, based in Capel, Surrey).
I am the Vice-Principal and Director of Doctoral Studies. My areas of expertise relate to the NT and Pentecostal/Charismatic issues. I teach undergraduates but am increasingly involved in postgraduate teaching and the supervision of doctoral students. I also have a full research and writing portfolio; I am currently working on a book that explores the miracles of Jesus (SPCK, 2013) and, with Prof. Trevor Burke, editing a book relating to a Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit (SPCK, 2012).
Regents Theological College:
RTC has been existence, as a residential College, whilst also accommodating day students, since the beginning of the twentieth century and has seen significant numbers of students trained for pastoral and para-church ministry as well as being prepared for careers in the market place. The College moved to its new campus in the beautiful Malvern Hills, just south of Worcester in 2009. It educates and trains a wide range of Christians from a variety of Pentecostal, Charismatic and Evangelical denominations and Church streams. It offers an undergraduate degree in Applied Theology (BA) [part-time, full-time and distance learning], four Masters degrees (MA in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, Masters in Applied Theology, Masters in Missional Leadership and Masters by Research [part time and full time]) as well as offering supervision for MPhil and PhD research degrees, validated by the University of Chester. It also offers one year, non-University validated full time study programmes (School of Ministry and School of Worship). Check it out at Regents Theological College.
The roles and person of the Spirit, the life and mission of Jesus and healing and suffering are my current interests.
Favourite aspect of my life at RTC:
My time at RTC is very enjoyable. The opportunity to explore the NT and other Christian topics in the context of a readiness to learn with others is a great privilege. I learn a great deal from my students and from my personal research in ways that stimulate my thinking and effect changes in my lifestyle and spirituality. The cultural exchanges available, because of the many countries represented at RTC, add to my enjoyment.
Personal Life outside RTC:
I am married to Judy who also now works at Regents as the PA to the Principal, after a career with Air Products, a multi-national gas company. We have 2 great children, Luke and Anna-Marie. Luke is married to Laura lukeandlaurainpng.blogspot.com and they are linguists with Wycliffe Bible Translators, currently based in Papua New Guinea. Anna-Marie is living and working in the Lake District with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Poppy Willow. They are joint owners of an Art Gallery in Carlisle www.etfineart.co.uk and www.fineart-restoration.co.uk. We enjoy meeting up as a family and Judy and I like holidays…anywhere and (nearly) everywhere.
Judy’s Sunday roast is pretty special. I’m also a fan of Asian cooking.
Someone I’d like to meet:
My heroes tend to be people who live with great personal suffering. They are the kind of people who would be embarrassed to be identified here, but I have a growing list and I hope to see them sometime, either in heaven or on earth.
- BA Theol (Hons) (London Bible College, now London School of Theology), 1974-1977;
- MPhil (London): “An Exegesis of James 5:13-18″; Supervisors: Dr. Richard T. France and Prof. James D. G. Dunn;
- PhD (King’s College, University of London): “The teaching and praxis concerning supernatural healing of British Pentecostals, John Wimber and Kenneth Hagin in the light of an analysis of the healing ministry of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels: Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Walker.
1983- | Lecturer, RTC (I am currently teaching the following modules)
Undergraduate Studies (BA in Applied Theology) NT Studies; Jesus in the Gospels.
Postgraduate Studies (MA in Studies in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies; MTh in Applied Theology) Pauline pneumatology; Healing and Exorcism in the NT; The Spirit in Luke/Acts; supervision of MA and MTh theses
Doctoral supervision (MPhil, PhD)
- 2005 – 12 Honorary Lecturer, University of Bangor, Wales
- 2006 – 12 Honorary Professor, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle
- 1988 – | European Pentecostal Theological Association (EPTA)
- 1989 – | Society of Pentecostal Studies
- 1990 – | Tyndale Fellowship
- 1990 – | Society of Biblical Literature
- 1996 – | Founder/Chairman of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Fellowship
- 1997 – | Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians
- 1999 – | Evangelical Theological Society
- 2001 – | PenticoStudies Editorial Board
- 2001 – | Editor Studies in Charismatic and Pentecostal Issues (Paternoster Press)
- 1994-2005 | Editor of the Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association
- 1997-2007 | Panel of Theology, Board for Validation, University of Manchester
2005 – Editorial Board, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association
2010 – Editorial Board, Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research
2012 – Editorial Board, Journal of Youngsan University