Main Lecturers

Bill James


[MA, MDiv]


1991—2017, Emmanuel Church, Leamington Spa


Pastoral Studies, New Testament, Contemporary Studies


Bill worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years before training as a pastor. He was pastor of Emmanuel Church, Leamington Spa, for 25 years, before his appointment as Principal of London Seminary.

David Green


[BA, DPhil]


1997—2007, Bishopdown Baptist Church, Salisbury


Old Testament, Hebrew, Preaching, Contemporary Studies


David has a doctorate in the History of Art and taught in further and higher education before training for the ministry at London Seminary. He was minister of Bishopdown Baptist Church in Salisbury for ten years before his appointment as Vice-Principal of the Seminary. He has spoken widely on aspects of contemporary culture, postmodernism and consumerism, written journal articles and published conference papers. He also runs Hebrew Study Days for the Pastors' Academy.

Garry Williams

Director of Pastors' Academy

[MA, MSt, DPhil, PGCE]


Ordained Elder, ChristChurch Harpenden


Systematic Theology, Church History, Contemporary Studies


As well as lecturing on the London Seminary course, Garry oversees the different activities of the Pastors' Academy. He is Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (Michigan), teaching on the ThM and PhD programmes at the Pastors' Academy. His long-term project is to publish a biblical, historical, and systematic study of the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. He also writes more popular works, including a volume offering encouragement and challenge to Christians today from the lives of figures in church history.

Chris Bennett

Preaching, Hebrew



Since 1979


Wilton Community Church
After assisting churches in Islington and Ashford (Middlesex) Chris was pastor of Hounslow West Evangelical Church for seventeen years and was recently the pastor of Wilton Community Church, Muswell Hill, in North London. Chris is now the pastor of Alexandra Road Congregational Church, Hemel Hempstead.

Ken Brownell

Church History

[MA, PhD]


Since 1986


East London Tabernacle Baptist Church


Ken was born and brought up in the United States where he received his BA from Harvard University. In 1976 he came to study for a doctorate at St. Andrews University. After teaching in American schools and colleges in London he attended London Seminary and worked at Cholmeley Evangelical Church in North London. In 1986 he was invited to become associate minister at ELT Baptist Church in East London and became its minister in 1989. Ken visits Burma and Thailand to lecture and preach, and has edited Foundations, the theological journal of Affinity. He is married to Alison, a hospital physician, and has two children.

Stephen Clark

Systematic Theology



Over 30 years


Freeschool Court Evangelical Church, Bridgend

After practising as a solicitor for some years, Stephen trained for the ministry on the Evangelical Movement of Wales’ Theological Training Course. He pastored a new church in Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales, then in his home church at Abersychan, South Wales before becoming pastor of Freeschool Court Evangelical Church, Bridgend. He is Director of the Evangelical Movement of Wales’ Theological Training Course and serves as chairman of Affinity’s Theological Study Conference. Stephen has contributed to and edited Tale of Two Cities: Christianity and Politics (IVP/Apollos, 2005) and The Forgotten Christ (IVP/Apollos, 2007). He has also written Putting Asunder: Divorce and Remarriage in biblical and pastoral perspective (Bryntirion Press, 1999).

Ray Evans


[MA, PhD]


Since 1982


Grace Community Church, Bedford


Ray is Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church in Bedford, where he has been pastor for over 30 years. He did two degrees at Cambridge before training for Christian ministry. He is the author of Ready, Steady, Grow: Equipping Today’s Gospel Churches.

Mike Gilbart-Smith

New Testament, Mission and Evangelism

[BTh, MSc]


Since 2002


Twynholm Baptist Church, Fulham


Mike has been the pastor of Twynholm Baptist Church in Fulham since 2008. Before that, Mike served as Assistant Pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC (2005–2008) and at Farnham Baptist Church, Surrey (2002–2005). Mike holds a degree in Theological and Pastoral Studies from Oak Hill College, and in Mathematics from Cambridge University.

David Magowan

Pastoral Studies



Since 2002


Carey Baptist Church, Reading

David was born in Jamaica to missionary parents, but spent most of his childhood in Northern Ireland. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1984 he worked as an airport civil engineer for a consultancy firm in Basingstoke. Following theological study at Westminster Seminary California, David was called in 2001 as pastor of Whitby Evangelical Church, and moved from there to Carey Baptist in September 2009.

Paul Mallard

Pastoral Studies, Systematic Theology



Since 1982


Widcombe Baptist Church, Bath


Paul has served as pastor in three churches since 1982. He is currently the pastor of Widcombe Baptist Church in Bath. For three years he was the President of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. He has been involved in a variety of ministerial training schemes and has also been engaged in pastoring pastors. He has written two books: Invest Your Suffering and Staying Fresh.

Robert Strivens

Church History, Contemporary Studies



1999–2007; since 2017


Bradford on Avon Baptist Church



Before training for pastoral ministry at London Seminary Robert was a solicitor in private practice, working in London and Brussels. He was then pastor of an evangelical church in Banbury for eight years. Robert’s PhD was on Philip Doddridge and early 18th century Dissent. Robert served as Principal of London Seminary from 2007 to 2017. He writes and speaks regularly on biblical and historical topics, as well as issues related to pastoral ministry.

Visiting Lecturers

Caroline Eade (Edward Connor Solicitors)

Legal Issues

John Benton


david bond

Judaism & Voice Production

Michael Prest


Paul Gibson

Church History

David Cooke

Financial Integrity

chris davies


Ian Fry

Children & Youth Work

Roger Hitchings

Pastoral Care of the Elderly

Sharon James

Contemporary Studies

Barry King

Church Planting

Stephen Lloyd

Christians & Science

Dinu Moga

Eastern Orthodoxy

tim prismon



Mission & Hermeneutics



John Ling

Medical Ethics

John Scott


Tim McMahon

Islam & Multiculturalism

Andrew Young

Baptism & Church Government

David Pfeiffer

Old Testament


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