We are very pleased to announce two new appointments at Oak Hill. Dr Matthew Bingham, subject to visa approval, has been appointed as Tutor in Systematic Theology and Church History; and Kristi Mair has been appointed as a part-time Pastoral Support and Research Fellow from 2018 to 2021.
After completing undergraduate studies at UCLA, and then an MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary, Matthew was Senior Pastor at Flint Reformed Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, from 2009-14. For the last four years he has been in Belfast completing a PhD in Church History at Queen’s University under Prof. Crawford Gribben, and subsequently working as a ministry associate in a local church. Matthew is married to Shelley with three young children.
College Director Dan Strange writes: ‘We are thrilled that Matthew has been appointed to this crucial faculty post. He comes to us highly recommended both in terms of academic excellence and pastoral wisdom. Even in the short time we have spent with him, we have immediately recognised someone who is a gifted communicator and teacher. We are confident that in our goal to form ministers of the gospel, Matthew will be able to inspire students in his illumination and application of church history and doctrine.’
Matthew writes: ‘At a time when the Church faces tremendous pressure from within and without, the need for serious theological and biblical training is more pressing than ever. Oak Hill College equips men and women to face these challenges by offering rigorous instruction set within the sort of living, breathing Christian community that is ideal for both pastoral and intellectual formation. It is thus with great enthusiasm that I look forward to joining Oak Hill’s outstanding faculty as Tutor in Systematic Theology and Church History. I am convinced that careful, historically informed theological reflection can energise and nourish one’s ministry and I count it a great privilege to help Oak Hill’s students as they prepare for lifetimes of faithful service in Christ’s Church.’
We look forward to welcoming Matthew and his family in the summer, ready for the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Please do pray for them as they make this big transition.
Kristi Mair is a gifted, young academic, apologist and evangelist. She has been Assistant Leader for the UCCF Midlands team for a number of years. She has a BA in Philosophy and Theology and an MA in Philosophy from Birmingham, and has just started a part time PhD there.
As part of her Oak Hill responsibilities, Kristi will be providing pastoral care for female students as well as undertaking some teaching. The rest of her time will be spent studying for her doctorate and continuing to speak at missions across the country.
Tim Rudge, Field Director of UCCF, writes: ‘Kristi has brought a huge amount to UCCF in her eight years with us. She has become an effective apologist and mission speaker and is in demand from CUs to speak at evangelistic events and lead missions. She is humble, gentle, godly, gracious and extremely caring. We will feel her loss, but are delighted to commend her to Oak Hill and the opportunity to serve the college community and pursue her PhD research.’
Kristi writes: ‘I am utterly thrilled to be joining the Oak Hill community. Not only does Oak Hill College provide premier theological training, but there is also a wonderful recognition of the pastoral need to care for students, creating a dynamic environment geared towards their personal flourishing. I am so looking forward to mentoring female students and providing teaching cover. I am so thankful for this exciting opportunity, not to mention the value Oak Hill places on developing skilled practitioners, engaging with society at all levels. This high view of theological training, personal flourishing, and apologetic engagement creates a culture with unique opportunities that I cannot wait to serve, and enjoy!’
Kristi will be here for the start of the 2018/19 academic year. Please do pray for her as she makes this transition.