London School of Theology

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The London School of Theology (LST) is an English interdenominational evangelical theological college based in Northwood within the London Borough of Hillingdon. LST is the largest evangelical theological college in Europe[1] and claims to have one of the best specialist theological libraries in the United Kingdom.[2]


History[edit]

LST was founded in the 1940s as the London Bible College and was originally situated on Baker Street in central London. In 1970 the college moved to Northwood on a campus previously occupied by the London College of Divinity, an Anglican institution. The 1990s saw the opening of a new postgraduate centre, the Guthrie Centre, which also houses the Centre for Islamic Studies. In 2004 the name of the college was changed to the London School of Theology.[3] Its faculty has included New Testament scholars Donald Guthrie, RT France, Ralph P. Martin[4] and Max Turner as well as Derek Tidball, a practical theologian and sociologist of religion. LST also had strong connections with the Anglican theologian John Stott, an important supporter and former council member of the college.[5]

Academic reputation[edit]

According to an independent church history study by Ian Randall, the influence of LST in the evangelical world is "extremely pervasive" and the college holds a "position as a touchstone for the finest in distinctly evangelical scholarship"[6] and "has been at the centre of theological education in Britain for over fifty years".[7] According to Randall's research, LST's "unique international links mean that it is superbly placed to be a meeting point of western and non-western thought"[8] and that the school "relates to the wider sphere of scholarship" beyond the evangelical world.[9]

Principals[edit]

  • 1946-1965 - Ernest Kevan
  • 1966-1980 - Gilbert Kirby
  • 1980-1989 - Michael Griffiths
  • 1989-1995 - Peter Cotterell
  • 1995-2007 - Derek Tidball
  • 2007-2008 - Anna Robbins (acting)
  • 2008-2010 - Simon Steer
  • 2010-2012 - Chris Jack (acting)
  • 2012-2014 - No Principal, Senior Leadership Team model used.

Courses[edit]

Undergraduate:

  • Theology - certificate, diploma and BA level
  • Theology and Counselling - certificate, diploma and BA level
  • Theology, Music and Worship - certificate, diploma and BA level
  • Theology and Worship - certificate, diploma and BA level

Postgraduate:

  • MA in Integrative Theology MAiTh (online or on campus) [10]
  • MA in Theological Education MATE (fully online) [11]
  • MA in Biblical Interpretation (distance learning)
  • MTh - Master of Theology
  • MPhil - Master of Philosophy
  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

Distance learning:

Distance learning modules from diploma to MA level.

Notable alumni[edit]

Current faculty[edit]

  • William Atkinson, Vice-Principal Community, Director of Research and Senior Lecturer in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies
  • Graham McFarlane, Vice Principal Academic and Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology
  • Tony Lane, Professor of Historical Theology
  • Max Turner, Professor Emeritus of New Testament
  • John Dennis, Lecturer in New Testament and Director of MA Programme in Integrative Theology
  • Mark Beaumont, Senior Lecturer in Islam and Mission
  • Matthew Knell, Lecturer in Historical Theology
  • Conrad Gempf, Lecturer in New Testament
  • Jean-Marc Heimerdinger, Lecturer in Hebrew and Judaism and BA Course Leader
  • Miriam Bier, Lecturer in Old Testament
  • Marvin Oxenham, Lecturer in Philosophy, Education and Applied Theology
  • Adrian Smith, Lecturer in Applied Theology and Academic Secretary
  • Robert Willoughby, Lecturer in New Testament
  • Jeremy Perigo, Lecturer in Worship, Director of Music & Worship Programmes, Theology, Music & Worship Course Leader
  • Sam Hargreaves, Lecturer in Music and Worship, Theology & Worship Course Leader
  • Richard Hubbard, Lecturer in Music
  • Steve Motyer, Theology and Counselling Course Leader and Lecturer in New Testament and Hermeneutics
  • Janet Penny, MA in Integrative Psychotherapy Course Leader and Lecturer in Counselling
  • Lyn Powell, Lecturer in Counselling

Further reading[edit]

Ian Randall, Educating Evangelicalism: The Origins, Development and Impact of London Bible College, Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000, ISBN 0-85364-873-5

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. Journal LST Insight Autumn 2009, p. 2.
  2. ^ [2] Library of London School of Theology.
  3. ^ [3] History of London School of Theology.
  4. ^ http://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/Martin-RalphObit.pdf
  5. ^ Ian Randall: Educating Evangelicalism: The Origins, Development and Impact of London Bible College. Paternoster, Carlisle 2000, p. 18 (etc.).
  6. ^ Randall: Educating Evangelicalism, p. xi; 277; 322.
  7. ^ Randall: Educating Evangelicalism, p. 322.
  8. ^ Randall: Educating Evangelicalism, p. 277.
  9. ^ Randall: Educating Evangelicalism, p. xi.
  10. ^ http://www.lst.ac.uk/postgraduate/ma-in-integrated-theology
  11. ^ http://www.lst.ac.uk/pgcertte---certificate-in-theological-education-/postgraduate-studies-in-theological-education-


External links[edit]

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