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Alumni Stories

Tony Ford

Chaplain to Oldham Rugby League Club, Tony has many opportunities for pastoral work and sharing the gospel.

Phil Chadder

Formerly Chaplain of HM Prison, Brixton, Phil talks about the essential value of theological education to his ministry.

Efrem Buckle

Pastor at Ecclesia in Lewisham, Efrem talks about the value of the theological training he received at Oak Hill.

Mark Smith

A church planter in Dublin, Mark talks about how theology resources the work he does now in ministry.

Robin and Zoe Ham

Engaged in pioneer ministry in Barrow-in-Furness, Robin and Zoe are living their faith in the community.

Jon Putt

Assistant Minister of Grace Community Church, Kempston, Jon marries practical and spiritual outreach.

Gabrielle Samuel

Youth and women’s worker at Brixton Local Church, Gabrielle works with women who are not Christians.

Stuart Silk and Hugh Bourne

Part of the ministry team at All Saints, Lindfield, Hugh and Stuart face the same spiritual issues as in any community.

Andy and Sarah Prime

Church planters in Gracemount, Edinburgh, Andy and Sarah live and work in a scheme of 3,000 people.

Athole Rennie

A church planter at Grace Church Leith, in the north part of Edinburgh, Athole brings the gospel to people far from faith.

Jason Roach

The minister of Westminster@One, Jason reaches out to MPs, peers and civil servants with the good news of Jesus.

Reuben Hunter

Pastor of Trinity West, Shepherd’s Bush, Reuben has seen the church's work flourish by engaging in the community.

Ministry in the real world

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.

This page has our latest series of videos, featuring stories of ministry from the inner cities of Edinburgh, Leith and Brixton, the leafy commuter village of Lindfield, as well as from churches and projects in Kempston, Barrow-in-Furness, Shepherd’s Bush and Westminster.

Each of these gospel workers took time while they were in college to study God’s word, grow in faith, become equipped for ministry, and to be rooted in Christ. They took time to ask themselves, how can I become the best possible gift for Christ to give to his church? Robin Ham, who works with his wife Zoe in pioneer ministry at a church in Barrow-in-Furness, uses a striking image to describe the radical flexibility of his theological training in preparing him for ministry in different situations. He says:

‘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.’

Read all the latest stories of our alumni by downloading our booklet, Into All the World.