Leadership & Lecturers

The genius of London Seminary is simply this: pastors training pastors.

Our lecturers provide not only excellent intellectual content but also the kind of wisdom and maturity that is only developed through years of first-hand pastoral experience in local churches.

Leadership
Bill James
Principal

Bill worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years before training as a pastor. He was pastor of Emmanuel Church, Leamington Spa, for 26 years, before his appointment as Principal of London Seminary.

David Green
Vice Principal

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

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.

Main Lecturers
Bill James
New Testament; Biblical Theology; Preaching; Pastoral Studies

Bill worked in the pharmaceutical industry for several years before training as a pastor. He was pastor of Emmanuel Church, Leamington Spa, for 26 years, before his appointment as Principal of London Seminary.

David Green
Biblical Hebrew; Old Testament; Biblical Theology; 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
Systematic Theology; 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.

Paul Mallard
Systematic Theology; Pastoral Studies

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.

Stéphane Simonnin
New Testament Greek; Church History

Stéphane worked as a solicitor in London before training for the pastorate at the London Seminary. He served as pastor of Kew Baptist Church in London and in baptist churches in Italy for a number of years. He holds law degrees from the University of Kent and the University of Grenoble (France) and a Th.M. in historical theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Martin Salter
Hermeneutics; Mission & Evangelism

Martin is lead pastor at Grace Community Church, Bedford where he has served for the last 12 years. He completed a PhD in 2017 in the area of ‘missional ethics’. He has authored a number of books and articles for church and academy including Mission in Action and So Loved. He’s married with three kids and in his spare time enjoys cooking and running.

Matthew Mason
Ethics, Contemporary Studies

Matthew has served as a pastor of three churches in the UK and USA. In addition to teaching on the London Seminary course, he is tutor in Christian ethics with the Pastors’ Academy. He is interested in the intersection of doctrine and Christian ethics as related aspects of the ministry of God’s Word, and has published and taught on sexual ethics, gender, transgender, prayer and catechesis.

Neil Martin
New Testament

As well as lecturing on the London Seminary Course, Neil also serves as Tutor for Biblical Studies at the Pastors’ Academy, as Ministry Assistant at Oxford Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and directs B-Less – a small Christian Charity aimed at equipping and placing gospel-hearted graduate students as mentors, encouragers and evangelists among undergrads in British Universities. Neil completed his doctorate on Galatians in Oxford in 2019, and has published academic and more popular books on the letter with Mohr Siebeck and IVP, and with P&R on the challenge of dealing with doubt. Neil is a fellow of the Centre for Pastor Theologians.

John Benton
Preaching

Dr John Benton was a pastor for 35 years, and editor of Evangelicals Now for 27 years before becoming Pastoral Support Director with the Pastors’ Academy.   He is the author of a number of books, and continues an extensive preaching ministry in churches around the country.

Mike Gilbart-Smith
New Testament; Church Government

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.

Robert Strivens
Church History

Robert Strivens is pastor of Bradford on Avon Baptist Church. He teaches church history at London Seminary and writes and speaks on current and historical matters concerning the life of the church and the Christian faith. His PhD was on Philip Doddridge and he has a particular interest in Puritanism and Dissent. He is married to Sarah and they have three sons and a growing number of grandchildren.

Visiting Lecturers
Ken Brownell
Church History
David Pfeiffer
Old Testament
Emma Roberts
Voice Production
John Ling
Bioethical issues
Caroline Eade
Legal Issues
Sharon James
Contemporary Studies
Stephen Lloyd
Contemporary Studies
Andrew Young
Church Government
Ian Fry
Children’s Work
Ray Evans
Leadership
Barry King
Church Planting
John Scott
Mission & Evangelism
Juge Ram
Mission & Evangelism
John Gibbens
Mission & Evangelism​
Tim McMahon
Mission & Evangelism​
Michael Prest
Mission & Evangelism
David Magowan
Pastoral Studies
Roger Hitchings
Care of the Elderly
David Cooke
Financial Integrity
Stephen Lloyd
Christians & Science
Chungman Shon
Biblical Hebrew
Chris Davies
New Testament Greek
Philip Eveson
Old Testament
Paul Yeulett
New Testament
Dirk Jongkind
New Testament