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New role for Dan Strange

After more than 15 years at Oak Hill College, Dr Dan Strange has announced that he will be stepping down as College Director at the end of the current academic year, moving to head up a new Centre for Culture, Religion, and Mission as part of Crosslands, the in-context ministry training provider of which Oak Hill is a founding partner.

‍Although Dan will be missed as a member of the Oak Hill faculty and senior leadership, Oak Hill is delighted to see Crosslands continue to develop and flourish. Dan has been tutor in Culture, Religion and Public Theology at Oak Hill since 2005 where he has also had the roles of Academic Vice-Principal, Acting Principal and most recently College Director.  

‍Crosslands will launch the new Centre for Culture, Religion, and Mission in Autumn 2021 to help equip disciples, leaders and churches to face the big questions of today with leading evangelical scholarship and research, giving church leaders, scholars and other disciples the tools to engage culture with biblical conviction, theological clarity and gospel confidence.  

‍Dan says, ‘The Oak Hill family is close, forged through both times of great joy, and times of great sadness, and I will always thank God for our time at Oak Hill. My passion for ministerial theological education that is both rigorous and formational remains undimmed. However, it is time to move to a new phase of life, leadership and ministry. The opportunity, God willing, to build a new Centre for Culture, Religion and Mission, along with involvement in leadership and teaching with Crosslands, is tremendously exciting, particularly because of my close involvement with Crosslands from its very beginning. Crosslands’ distinctives of theological clarity, cultural engagement and missional innovation are an ideal place from which to build this Centre which I hope will serve Crosslands’ existing students as well as the wider evangelical community in the UK and globally. I’m very much looking forward to working alongside Executive Director Jen Charteris and the team who have been responsible for Crosslands’ healthy growth in the past few years.”

‍Jeremy Anderson, Chair of Oak Hill College Council, says “I will miss the privilege of regularly seeing Dan put into practice his passion for helping to train effective, Christ-centred, ministers for the harvest field. During his time at College he has been extraordinarily servant-hearted, and indefatigable in his leadership. His academic and practical work on how to present the gospel promise to every corner of society and culture is urgently needed, and has now gained global recognition. We will miss him enormously, but I am delighted that this new initiative will enable his excellent work to reach a much broader audience.”

‍Philip Moore, Chair of Trustees for Crosslands, expressed his delight at this new development and his appreciation for Oak Hill’s partnership in the development of Crosslands: “Dan is highly respected as a theologian and educator in the UK and internationally, and has been a significant contributor to Crosslands over the past few years, both as a member of the board (representing Oak Hill) and as part of the Crosslands faculty.  Having him join the leadership team full time and establish this new ministry is a very exciting development for Crosslands as we continue to grow disciples of Christ, nurture faithful theologians and leaders, and empower local churches for gospel witness and global mission.”


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