Rev. Prof. David Wilkinson
David Wilkinson is the President of St. John’s College and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.
Before working in Durham as a theologian, he was a scientist and then a Methodist minister in inner city Liverpool. David’s background is research in theoretical astrophysics, where his Durham Ph.D. was in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions such as the event which wiped out the dinosaurs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has published a wide range of papers on these subjects.
After this research he trained for the Methodist ministry, studying theology at Fitzwilliam College and Wesley House, Cambridge. He then served in a variety of appointments, including a growing church in Liverpool and as Methodist chaplain at Liverpool University.
David arrived in Durham in 1999 and held a Fellowship in Christian Apologetics at St John’s College, and taught systematic theology in the Department of Theology and Religion.
His current work involves the relationship of Christian theology to contemporary culture, from science to pop culture. He has had a long interest in the dialogue of science and religion, especially as it impacts the physical sciences. God, Time and Stephen Hawking (Monarch, 2001), Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe (T&T Clark 2010) and Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (OUP, 2014) are examples of that work. This work forms some of the undergraduate and postgraduate teachings that David does in the department where he teaches modules in science and theology. His second Durham Ph.D. is in Systematic Theology and explored Christian eschatology.
Rev. Dr. Calvin T. Samuel
The Rev. Dr. Samuel took up the role of Principal of London School of Theology in January 2017. He is a Methodist minister who came to LST from the University of Durham where he held the roles of Academic Dean of St. John’s College & Director of Wesley Study Centre.
Dr. Samuel has a wealth of experience in leadership in a variety of contexts. In his first career, he was a bank manager. His previous roles include Research Administrator in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing within the University of Manchester and Assistant Director of Research & Faculty Administration at London Business School.
Born in Barbados, he grew up in Antigua and came to Britain in the mid-1990s where he spent four intense and happy years training for ministry and completing a BA in Theology & Pastoral Studies at the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester. Over the next three years, he undertook an MBA at Manchester Business School, alongside working in Higher Education, initially at Manchester University and latterly at London Business School.
Whilst working as a Methodist circuit minister and then School Chaplain & New Testament Tutor at Spurgeon’s College he undertook doctoral research in Theology & Education at King’s College London. He was awarded his Ph.D. for a multidisciplinary thesis exploring the interplay between biblical studies, church history, and education entitled: Holiness & Holy School.
His teaching specialty is New Testament and Leadership in Christian ministry and he is passionate about holiness and Christian discipleship.
Dr. Samuel has been the preacher in the House of Commons, for the BBC Sunday Service, and is a presenter for Prayer for the Day and The Daily Service on BBC Radio 4.
He is married to Ramona, also a Methodist Minister, and they are parents to Tiana and Fletcher. In his spare time (when he has any) he salivates over cars he can’t afford and tries to be as passionate as he was about Formula 1 before it left terrestrial television.
He can be found on Twitter at @calvintsamuel and runs a couple of blogs (poorly). For considered views on theology, ministry, and life visit calvintsamuel.wordpress.com and for frivolous opinions on men’s style see 5yearproject.wordpress.com
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Reisman
Dr. Kimberly Reisman is an author, pastor, teacher, and theologian, focusing her work in the areas evangelism, spiritual formation, leadership development, and the intersection between faith and culture. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she was appointed Executive Director of WME in 2014. She is a frequent speaker and has written numerous books, most recently, “Public Witness” (in E. Stanley Jones & Sharing the Good News in a Pluralistic Society, Wesley’s Foundry Books 2018), “Before All Else” (in Holy Contradictions, Abingdon Press, 2018), and “The Church’s Global DNA” (in A Firm Foundation, Seedbed, 2017).
Born in Gulfport, Mississippi, Kim lived in California, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Connecticut before moving to Indiana in 1993. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theology from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Kim is a senior Harry Denman fellow, a senior John Wesley Fellow, an Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s, Durham University in the UK. In all her work, she seeks to serve God by awakening, strengthening and enlivening the faith commitment of individuals as well as empowering communities of faith to become visible witnesses to the love of Christ for the world. Kim lives with her husband, John in West Lafayette, Indiana where she enjoys music, sports, reading, and jewelry making. They have three adult children, Nathan, Maggie, and Hannah.
Rev. Dr. Rob Haynes
Dr. Rob Haynes is an author, speaker, teacher, pastor, theologian, and missiologist. His work focuses on local and global mission and evangelism, forming disciples for missional service, and leadership development in new and existing church communities. He has a keen interest in fostering new spaces for conversations of faith and culture, is a seasoned mission leader and continues to research the short-term mission movement, in order to discover new ways of engaging in mission and evangelism.
Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Rob lived in both Ohio and Kentucky until moving to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 1991. He completed a BSci in education at the University of South Alabama, an MA in biblical and theological studies at the University of Mobile, seminary training at Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in theology at Durham University in the UK. He is a senior John Wesley Fellow, senior Harry Denman Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow at Durham University in the UK.
Rob’s passion is to help individuals and churches join discipleship with witness, mission with evangelism, and personal with social holiness. He is a fan of reading, fishing, football, basketball, and gadgets. Rob and his wife, Beth, have two teenage children, Joshua and Megan.