Revd Dr Garry Williams
Director, Pastors’ Academy
Garry oversees the work of the Academy and teaches on the doctrine study days, the master’s course, and the PhD programme. He also supervises pastors who work on doctrinal topics for their study projects. He is Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (Michigan). He serves as an ordained elder at ChristChurch, Harpenden.
Garry’s long-term project is to publish a biblical, historical, and systematic study of the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. He has published chapters and articles that will form part of this longer work. He has also written several books, including His Love Endures For Ever: Reflections on the Love of God (IVP, Crossway) and Silent Witnesses: Lessons on Theology, Life, and the Church from Christians of the Past (Banner of Truth).
Dr Neil Martin
Tutor in Biblical Studies
Neil serves as Tutor in Biblical Studies at the Academy, teaching study days in Biblical Studies and Greek, and supervising pastors working on study projects with an emphasis on New Testament exegesis. Neil recently completed his doctoral research on Galatians at the University of Oxford, highlighting the importance of Paul’s regression language for understanding the letter’s underlying situation and its core gospel message.
Prior to his appointment, Neil worked for Zondervan Harper Collins and served as a pastor in Britain and America. His book Keep Going – Overcoming Doubt About Your Faith (P&R) was shortlisted for the Outreach Magazine apologetics book of the year award in 2008. His doctoral thesis has been published by Mohr Siebeck as Regression in Galatians: Paul and the Gentile Response to Jewish Law. His interest in Paul is balanced by a passion for the gospels, for biblical theology, and for preaching. Neil is a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians.
Tutor in Christian Ethics
Matthew Mason serves as Tutor in Christian Ethics at the Academy. He teaches ethics study days, supervises pastors working on ethics for their study projects and leads the online ethics reading group.
From 2005–2018, Matthew served as a pastor of churches in England and the USA. He is currently working for a PhD at the University of Aberdeen on the theological relationship of prayer and human flourishing in the light of John Webster’s theology, and is a fellow of the Chalmers Institute in St Andrews. He has published journal articles and book chapters on sexuality, gender, transgender, catechesis and the Lord’s Supper. More generally, he is interested in the intersection of doctrine and ethics as aspects of the ministry of the Word of God.
Revd John Benton
Director of Pastoral Support
John’s work has several strands. Within the Academy, John complements our theological work with pastors by providing them with pastoral support. He meets one-to-one with pastors and speaks to many groups of pastors.
John also preaches around the UK, speaking (with his wife Ann) on areas including marriage, parenting and family life, and helping to build up smaller churches and encourage their members.
John was a pastor for 35 years, and has deep experience of local church life. In addition, he is the longstanding editor of Evangelicals Now, a monthly newspaper, and has written books including The Lion’s Honey: Grace for Flawed Christian Leaders (Darlington: EP books, 2016) and Christians in a PC World: Facing the Challenge of Political Correctness (Darlington: EP books, 2013); At the Cross: Big Deals Outside the City (Darlington: EP books, 2011); Why Join a Small Church? (Fearn: Christian Focus, 2008) and Resilient: How 2 Timothy Teaches us to Bounce Back in Christian Leadership (Fearn: Christian Focus, 2018).
Pastoral Support Worker
Steven works alongside John Benton and Malcolm MacGregor providing pastoral support in the North of England. He is based in West Yorkshire.
Steven retired as Director of European Missionary Fellowship at the end of 2020. Prior to that he served for 36 years as Pastor of Cornerstone Church Brighouse, West Yorkshire. He has been involved local fraternals, and part of a team providing training for Pastors mainly in Yorkshire.
Revd Malcolm MacGregor
Pastoral Support Worker
Malcolm works alongside John Benton in providing pastoral support to pastors, primarily in the east of England where he is based.
Malcolm was a pastor for 37 years, first at a church in industrial Lancashire and then for eighteen years at Cauldwell Hall Road Baptist church, Ipswich. Since retiring, Malcolm has continued to serve the Lord in the church and through the local pastors’ network and fraternals. He is also a member of the team running the Suffolk School of Christian Studies.
Pastoral Support Worker
Phil Raine is serving alongside John, Malcolm and Steven providing Pastoral Support for those in the Midlands.
He is married to Beth and they have 6 grown up children. Phil has served as a Pastor in Leicester and Bristol for over 30 years, and they are now settled in Leicester. Before the Lord called him into pastoral ministry, Phil was a GP in the Bristol area. Phil loves encouraging and supporting others and excels in the ministry of serving tea and coffee! Beth has also been involved in supporting Pastor’s wives through the Midlands Pastor’s wives’ group.