London Seminary Announces New Principal

London Seminary is delighted to announce that Bill James has been appointed the next Principal of the Seminary, following Robert Strivens who steps down from the post at the end of July.

Bill has served as pastor of Emmanuel Church, Leamington Spa since 1991. He trained for ministry at Toronto Baptist Seminary (M.Div), and for many years has been involved in training men for ministry in a variety of settings, both in the UK and overseas. Prior to entering ministry, Bill graduated from Cambridge University (Chemical Engineering) and worked for five years for Glaxo Pharmaceuticals (now GSK).

Bill currently teaches Pastoral Theology at the Seminary.  He serves on the Trust Board of the FIEC, and organises the programme for the annual Carey Conference for church leaders. Bill is married to Sharon, and they have two grown-up children.

Spencer Cunnah, Chairman of the Board of the Seminary, said, “This new appointment is of strategic importance in training men for gospel ministry. We look to the Lord with anticipation as the work develops under Bill’s direction with exciting new initiatives.”

Bill James said, “The great need of our churches is godly, spiritual leaders who are thoroughly equipped both academically and practically for the work of ministry.  Having served on the Board and taught at the Seminary for a number of years, I am enthusiastic about its focus on training pastors and preachers for free-church ministry.  My prayer is that the Lord will use the Seminary in a mighty way for the blessing of the church in this country and beyond.”

Bill will take up his role as Principal on 1st January 2018. David Green, currently Vice-Principal, will be Acting Principal in the meantime.