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Tim Ward


Revd Tim Ward, MA, PhD


Lecturer in Hermeneutics and Word Ministry

What people are taught often starts to mould them and get into their bloodstream when they don't just hear it, but have space to question it, reflect on it with their teacher and fellow learners, and truly assimilate it. That's often when information turns into transformation, and it's why full-time residential training is crucial for many."

Tim Ward is convinced that the beating heart of all faithful Christian ministry is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, grounded in rich and wise biblical interpretation. There’s more to pastoral ministry than excellent preaching and teaching, but there’s no good ministry without it. He aims to enrich and deepen students' ability to discern God's voice in Scripture, and to lay the crucial foundations for a life-time of excellent preaching and teaching.

Tim is an Oak Hill graduate. Before coming (back) to Oak Hill, he taught at the Proclamation Trust’s Cornhill Training Course. Prior to that he served in pastoral ministry for 14 years. He is the author of a book on the doctrine of Scripture, Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God (IVP). He gained his PhD at Edinburgh University in the 1990s, which was published as Word and Supplement: Speech Acts, Biblical Texts and the Sufficiency of Scripture (OUP). ‍

In his spare time, Tim enjoys running and following the (mis)fortunes of Birmingham City Football Club. He is married to Erica and they have an adult son. With his family he is a member of the church family at a nearby Anglican church.