Over the past decade, Oak Hill has been making videos of former students who are now working in many different kinds of ministry in the UK and Ireland. We’ve wanted to find out how the theology they learned at Oak Hill has been put into practice in the everyday work of ministry – in preaching, youth work, cross-cultural outreach, and pastoral ministry. Here are some of them as well as our latest Into all the world resource:
Senior minister of The Bridge in Battersea, Jason works with young people on an estate.
John is a pastor and church planter in Northfield, Birmingham, part of 2020 Birmingham.
Fiona is the vicar of three country parishes, and has recently started a popular forest church.
John is a pastor at Christ Church Southampton, with a special focus on people in their 20s.
Formerly Chaplain of HM Prison, Brixton, Phil talks about the essential value of theological education to his ministry.
A church planter in Dublin, Mark talks about how theology resources the work he does now in ministry.
Youth and women’s worker at Brixton Local Church, Gabrielle works with women who are not Christians.
Pastor of Trinity West, Shepherd’s Bush, Reuben has seen the church's work flourish by engaging in the community.
A church planter at Grace Church Leith, in the north part of Edinburgh, Athole brings the gospel to people far from faith.
Church planters in Gracemount, Edinburgh, Andy and Sarah live and work in a scheme of 3,000 people.
Part of the ministry team at All Saints, Lindfield, Hugh and Stuart face the same spiritual issues as in any community.
Assistant Minister of Grace Community Church, Kempston, Jon marries practical and spiritual outreach.
Engaged in pioneer ministry in Barrow-in-Furness, Robin and Zoe are living their faith in the community.
Pastor at Ecclesia in Lewisham, Efrem talks about the value of the theological training he received at Oak Hill.
Chaplain to Oldham Rugby League Club, Tony has many opportunities for pastoral work and sharing the gospel.
Chris and Ros Howles talk to David Baldwin about the joys and challenges of cross-cultural ministry in Uganda.
Each of these gospel workers while they were at college studied God'word, grew in faith and were rooted in Christ to be equipped for ministry. Robin Ham, who works with his wife Zoe in pioneer ministry at a church in Barrow-in-Furness (see their story above) uses a striking image to describe the radical flexibility of his theological training in preparing him for ministry in different situations:
"The training I received at Oak Hill has been completely practical. It's like the difference between a train and a Land Rover. The train is stuck on the tracks. It can't really go anywhere else, but the Land Rover is adaptable. It can drive on any terrain. What I received from my time at Oak Hill is the ability to come to a new place, listen to the community, and serve in a completely new context."