Reflections of Rudi Heinze
Paul Woodbridge reflects on the recent death of Rudi Heinze, who taught church history at Oak Hill in the 1980s and 90s.
Rudi Heinze was a tutor at Oak Hill College from 1982-1998, and vice principal from 1994. He taught church history, and made it come alive! Countless students testify about how they came to Oak Hill wondering why they had to do this subject, but soon appreciated its importance. Rudi made the subject exciting and relevant, as his love and enthusiasm for church history, and his great ability to teach it, came through.
He even devised a board game which students played called A Mighty Fortress. According to the blurb for the game on the BoardGameGeek website, A Mighty Fortress 'simulates the conditions which made possible the spread of the Lutheran Reformation and the subsequent Catholic reaction (the Counter-Reformation) in the years 1532-1555'. Rudi also wrote a number of church history articles and books, and co-authored Witness to the Word: a History of Oak Hill College, 1932-2000 (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002).
Karowei Dorgu, the new Bishop of Woolwich
Paul Woodbridge reports on the service of consecration for the new Bishop of Woolwich, Karowei Dorgu, who studied at Oak Hill in 1993-95.
On Friday 17 March 2017, Karowei Dorgu became the new Bishop of Woolwich at a service of over two hours at Southwark Cathedral. Part of the reason the service was long was the African singing, swaying and dancing that took place both before, after and during the service! Karowei comes from Nigeria, and the cathedral was packed with many friends and supporters, some of whom had flown in from his home country.
Karowei was a student at Oak Hill from 1993 to 95. I remember him well for his lively sense of humour, his effervescent character and the way everyone loved him! He was in my Greek class in his first year, although it would be fair to say Greek wasn’t his strongest subject. This led to many jokey conversations about him keeping up his Greek, including last Friday when I spoke to him after the service!