It is crucial for the worldwide evangelical church to develop its next generation of intellectual leaders. Presently, evangelicals who are sent of for PhD studies and scholarly careers at leading universities are given a "fatherly push" into deep water where they are left alone to sink or swim. Sadly, many struggle to stay afloat as they experience an intense sociological pressure to give up or compromise their basic convictions.
In order to prevent this metamorphosis, it is necessary to provide young, evangelical scholars with mentorship, encouragement, and the fellowship of like-minded peers. The Cambridge Scholars Network attempts to do just this.
Dirk Jongkind will lead the 2013 Cambridge Scholars Network.
Dirk Jongkind is a Dutch biblical scholar who finished his PhD at Cambridge University. His main scholarly interest is in the Greek text of the Bible and the Graeco-Roman backdrop of Acts and the letters. Currently, he is the Research Fellow in New Testament at Tyndale House and the John W. Laing Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is working on legal language in and outside the New Testament. The focus of his work includes textual criticism of the Greek Bible, with emphases on grammar and lexicography, epigraphy, papyrology, and archaeology of the Graeco-Roman world and the relation of New Testament background and exegesis.
Caroline Eade works as a lawyer in Cambridge, England. Having initially trained as a litigator, she now specialises in charity law. She was until recently a trustee of the Jubilee Centre, which aims to research and apply biblical teaching to contemporary society, and she is a member of the writing group for Cambridge Papers, a Jubilee Centre publication. She is also active as a member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. Having studied theology at university before retraining as a lawyer, she now mentors undergraduate theologians and law students in her home church, and also co-leads a fellowship group.
Daniel Hill (PhD King’s College, London) is an evangelical Christian. He studied Classics at the University of Oxford and did his PhD in Philosophy under Paul Helm at the University of London. He has taught philosophy at the University of Liverpool since 2000. He has also taught philosophy at the Universities of Manchester, Keele, and Chester. He has written two books,Divinity and Maximal Greatness and Christian Philosophy: A-Z (co-written), and is working on a third on intention and its role in ethics. He helps co-ordinate the Staff Christian Fellowship at the University of Liverpool, and attends an evangelical Anglican church near his home. His passion is to apply the Word of God wherever it speaks: in theology, history, ethics, science, or philosophy. He lives with his wife and two sons in Cheshire.
Greg Pritchard earned his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School before continuing on to finish his PhD at Northwestern University. The intersection of theology, history, philosophy and sociology is Greg's primary focus both in teaching and writing. He has taught graduate level courses on apologetics, theology, ethics and Christian thought at American, European and Asian institutions of higher learning. His book, Willow Creek Seeker Services, is in its 4th edition English printing and has been published in three additional languages. Currently, Greg serves as President of Communication Institute which sponsors the European Leadership Forum. He, his wife Lori, and their three children, (Isaiah, Danielle, and Alethea) reside in Naperville, IL.
Bruce A Little has Masters degrees in Apologetics and Religion and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion. Presently, he is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been on faculty since 2001. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Carolina Evangelical Divinity School. For over a decade, he has traveled widely in Europe and Asia, lecturing in universities, teaching in a variety of schools and presenting papers at conferences. He has published in various professional journals and has written or edited several books: A Creation-Order Theodicy: God and Gratuitous Evil; God, Why This Evil?; Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God (ed); Engaging Culture, Defending the Faith (ed).
Ali Campbell Smith studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 2007. After a year working in a church apprenticeship scheme she returned to the university, studying under Dr Andrew Wheatley for a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, specialising in organolithium compounds. Since completing her PhD in 2011, Ali has combined part-time tutorial teaching of Chemistry and Maths to undergraduates and secondary school students with part-time training for Christian Youth and Children's Ministry at Oak Hill College, London. Ali continues to live in Cambridge and is heavily involved in running the youth work at Eden Baptist Church, her spiritual home since 2003.
Peter (P.J.) Williams is the Warden (CEO) of Tyndale House. He received his MA, MPhil and PhD, in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible from Cambridge University. After his PhD, he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (1997–1998), and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament there as Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic and as Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. In July 2007 he became the youngest Warden in the history of Tyndale House. He also retains his position as an honorary Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Aberdeen and is a member of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge.