Faculty

C Jonathan Stephen

Following a few years teaching Religious Education in a large and lively inner-London comprehensive school, Jonathan completed nearly 28 years in pastoral ministry, first at Amyand Park Chapel in Twickenham and then at Carey Baptist Church in Reading. His service to the wider Church has steadily grown through his preaching ministry and involvement in many projects and...

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Bob Letham, Director of Research

A Presbyterian minister, Bob has served congregations in New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware, the latter for over 17 years. He has taught theology at London School of Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and Reformed Theological Seminary (Washington DC/Baltimore). Married to Joan, an American, for 35 years, he has three grown children: two daughters...

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Mike Reeves, Director of Union and Senior Lecturer

Until recently, Mike was Head of Theology for UCCF, providing theological fuel for student mission and supporting undergraduates studying theology. Before that he was an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia. Role Theologian-at-Large: Directing the development and...

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Mark Pickett, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Before coming to WEST Mark spent twenty years in ministry in South Asia. Nepal’s Tribhuvan University awarded him the PhD for his study of the Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley. Married to Becky from the USA, Mark enjoys playing with his five children, climbing mountains and listening to music, and was delighted to be fed buffalo curry again on a recent trip to...

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Iwan Rhys Jones, Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies

Iwan was born and brought up in Cardiff. He began his higher education at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He continued his studies at the University of Wales, Bangor and Coleg Bala-Bangor. Iwan entered the pastoral ministry, ministering in Welsh, with churches affiliated to the Union of Welsh Independents (Congregational), and then as Associate Pastor at Deeside...

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John Kendall, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

After teaching high school biology for 13 years, John came to WEST first as a student and then as a part-time lecturer, also working on the staff of Highfields Free Church Cardiff. He was involved in pioneering a ‘church transplant’ at Minster Christian Centre, Cardiff, where he continues to work with the leadership team. He has been married to Ruth (aka...

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Cor Bennema, Senior Lecturer in New Testament

Cor comes from the Netherlands, where he worked as an IT professional for five years. He did his theological studies at the London School of Theology (an associated institution of Brunel University) in London. Between 1996 and 1999, he spent half of his time in India, including teaching at Allahabad Bible Seminary in Uttar Pradesh. From 2002 to 2012, Cor taught at SAIACS...

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Phil Hill, Pastoral Theologian

Phil Hill is a native of Bridgend and originally trained for ministry at Bristol Baptist College and University. Ordained in 1971, Phil has pastored churches in Wales, England and Israel as well as maintaining various student ministries alongside them. He has served at senior levels both in British Baptist life and in a number of UK evangelical organizations. In addition,...

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Tom Holland, Senior Lecturer in Pauline Studies

Tom’s early career as an engineer explains his interest in inventions and his attempts to solve problems. His birthplace, Liverpool, explains his support for the football club of the same name. Leaving his employment as a scientific instrument maker in his early twenties to train for Christian service, Tom moved to Glasgow to study at the Bible Training Institute in...

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Timothy Steele, International Foundation Course Programme Leader

Tim spent several years teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) both in the UK and abroad before coming to study at WEST. After being involved in ministry amongst international students he took up his role on the IFC. He is married to Jess and they have one son. Role International Foundation Course Programme Leader Qualifications BA (Hons), WEST;...

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Fiona Dent, IFC Teacher

Fiona was born in South Wales to Christian parents. The family moved to the north-west of France in the late 1980’s to work as church planters, where Fiona was schooled in the French education system. After their return to the UK in 2000, Fiona acknowledged God’s immeasurable love and Jesus’ sacrifice for her by getting baptised. Fiona gained a BSc in Marine Biology...

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