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TAG – the Theology Advisory Group – is made up of a range of public policy and theology experts who advise the advocacy team, leadership and board of the Alliance.

Chair of TAG

David Hilborn TAGDavid Hilborn

David is principal of St John's College, Nottingham. Prior to taking up this role in 2012, he led two URC congregations, was head of theology at the Evangelical Alliance from 1997 to 2006 and an associate research fellow of the London School of Theology between 2000 and 2012. He has also been assistant dean of St Mellitus College, based in London and Essex. David joined the Church of England in 2002 and served as assistant minister in two London parishes before returning to Nottingham to lead St John's.

David has written and edited a number of books, including The Nature of Hell; One Body in Christ: The History and Significance of the Evangelical Alliance (with Ian Randall);'Toronto' in Perspective;God and the Generations: Youth, Age and the Church Today (with Matt Bird);Movement for Change: Evangelicals and Social Transformation (all Paternoster) and The Atonement Debate (with Derek Tidball and Justin Thacker - Zondervan).

David is a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and most recently contributed a chapter on Anglican-Pentecostal relations to the Harold D. Hunter &Neil Ormerod-edited volume The Many Faces of Global Pentecostalism (CPT). His wife, Mia, is a senior hospital chaplain and they have two children. He enjoys cricket, folk rock music and poetry.

Vice chair of TAG

Lucy Peppiatt TAGLucy Peppiatt

Lucy is the principal of Westminster Theological Centre and author of The Disciple: On Becoming Truly Human. Her research interests include Christ and the Spirit and Paul's view of women in 1 Corinthians. Lucy lives in Bristol and is a pastor at Crossnet Anglican Church, which is led by her husband, Nick Crawley. She loves her four sons, her dogs and nice dinners with friends. 

Members of TAG

Andrew Goddard TAGAndrew Goddard

Andrew Goddard has been the associate director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE) since October 2012. He previously served on the Advisory Council of KLICE and taught Christian Ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and then at Trinity College, Bristol. He is currently a director of the International Jacques Ellul Society. He is based in London where he is involved in St James the Less, Pimlico, where his wife is vicar, and he is also an extra-diocesan honorary canon of Winchester Cathedral.

Andrew is a fellow of the Anglican Communion Institute and a founder member of Fulcrum, a group seeking to renew the evangelical centre within the Church of England. From 2003 to 2011 he was editor of Anvil, the evangelical Anglican journal for theology and mission, of which is now a trustee. He is on the committee of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, on the Church of England Evangelical Council and a member of The Living Church Foundation. 

Daniel Akhazemea TAGDaniel Akhazemea

Daniel holds a post graduate certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), Masters of Divinity, Masters of Art in Missional Leadership, and a PhD degree in biblical counselling. He is the principal of Christ the Redeemer College and senior pastor of RCCG Open Heavens Christian Centre in London. Daniel is also the provincial pastor of London South East 1 Province of RCCG in the UK.

Daniel is a regular speaker in seminars and conferences and is an author of two books, including Holy Ambition and Evidences of His Glory. His published articles include The RCCG, A Missionary Global Player: What Is Her Message Regarding Human Development? and Building a Stable College in a Dynamic Global Education Culture. Daniel's research interests are in cross-cultural missions and theological development in Black Majority Churches.

Daniel Strange TAGDaniel Strange

Daniel is academic vice-principal and tutor in Culture, Religion and Public Theology at Oak Hill Theological College, London. He is the author of For Their Rock is Not as our Rock: An Evangelical Theology of Religions (Apollos, 2014). With Gavin D'Costa and Paul Knitter, he is the co-author of Only One Way? Three Christian Responses to the Uniqueness of Christ in a Pluralistic World (SCM, 2011). Dan is married to Elly, has seven kids and is an elder at East Finchley Baptist Church. Amongst other things, he's a bit of a classic music and jazz geek and also loves listening to the Frank Skinner radio show. 

Dave LandrumDave Landrum, director of advocacy

Dr Dave Landrum has been our director of advocacy since June 2011, when he joined the Evangelical Alliance from his previous role as parliamentary officer for the Bible Society. He has a first-class degree in contemporary politics and urban policy studies and a doctorate in politics and policy process in education. Well-respected in parliament, Dave's passion is to see Christianity making an impact on society by being at the centre of political, cultural and economic life.


Dewi Hughes TAGDewi Hughes

Dewi taught Religious Studies at the Polytechnic of Wales (now the University of South Wales) from 1975-87. He became Tearfund's first coordinator for Wales and served as Tearfund's Theological Advisor from 1993-2011. From 1989-97 he was founding chairman of Evangelical Alliance Wales. He has published a number of books including Ethnic Identity from the Margins: A Christian Perspective (second edition, William Carey Library, 2012) and Power and Poverty: Divine and Human Rule in a World of Need (Nottingham/Grand Rapids: Inter-Varsity Press, 2008).

Dewi retired from Tearfund in 2012 and now spends a lot of time serving as the teaching elder of Temple Baptist Church and being involved in other aspects of his local community. He has been married to Maggie for 47 years and they have five children and five grandchildren. He has a passion for fruit and veg which he is able to indulge in his two allotment gardens.

Ian PaulIan Paul

Revd Dr Ian Paul is Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, Associate Minister at St Nic's, Nottingham, and Managing Editor of Grove Books Ltd. He writes one of the leading blogs on theology and biblical studies at www.psephizo.com

He previously studied maths at Oxford and Southampton before working in industrial business with Mars Confectionery in production and personnel. After studying theology at Nottingham and completing a PhD on Ricoeur, metaphor and Revelation, he was on the staff of St Mary's Poole for eight years before returning to Nottingham as Dean of Studies at St John's College for nearly 10 years. He has written widely on biblical interpretation, apocalyptic,and gender and sexuality.

He is married to Maggie; they have three children and a dog called Barney. He is an inveterate chocoholic.

Jenny TaylorJenny Taylor

Dr Jenny Taylor is founder director of the Centre for Religious Literacy in World Affairs (formerly Lapido Media), a pioneer of the religious literacy movement. An international public speaker and journalist, her articles have appeared in The Guardian, The Times and the European press among many others. She co-authored Faith and Power: Christianity and Islam in Secular Britain with Lamin Sanneh and Lesslie Newbigin in 1998 and is author of A Wild Constraint: the Case for Chastity (Continuum 2008).  Her doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2001 in the sociology of religion was a case study of the de-secularisation of the British government under the impact of Islam. She was also the media representative on the Research Councils' UK Global Uncertainties Programme Religion and Security exercise under the auspices of the Open University.


Julia Doxat-Purser TAGJulia Doxat-Purser

Julia is the European Evangelical Alliance's socio-political representative and religious liberty coordinator. Julia's role is to help evangelicals engage in the public arena effectively and in a Christ-like manner. She particularly enjoys encouraging the next generation of evangelicals and works in partnership with IFES. She teaches, writes, offers advocacy and consultancy support and connects specialists together. She co-convenes the European Religious Liberty Forum, bringing together the Christian religious liberty community.

Her main research and advocacy interest is how to promote freedom of conscience so that society understands how vital a foundational right it is for everyone. She founded and facilitates European Freedom Network, linking ministries working on human trafficking and prostitution. Julia's favourite places are at a dinner table with her husband Alistair and friends, her garden, walking by and swimming in the sea.

Neil SummertonNeil Summerton

Neil was a civil servant for some 30 years, giving policy advice to UK ministers and preparing legislation. He has been a director in the Department of the Environment and led research units in the University of Oxford on environment, ethics and society and water. He was also appointed Companion of the Bath by HM the Queen in 1997 and is an emeritus fellow of Mansfield College Oxford. Neil also has long experience in local church leadership in London and Devon and was involved in planting a new congregation in Crouch End district of north London in the 1990s. He is a former member of the Evangelical Alliance council.

Neil is the author of A Noble Task: Eldership and Ministry in the Local Church, Paternoster 1994 (2nd ed.) and Learning from the Past, Facing the Future: Essays for 'Brethren', Partnership 2011. He also edits the journal, Partnership Perspectives. Neil is involved in organising the quadrennial IBCM conferences for Brethren leaders worldwide and encouraging similar regional conferences. He is a trustee-director of Partnership and the Church Planting Initiative in the UK, and is chairman of the Council of GLO's Tilsley College at Motherwell. He is at present preparing a revision of A Noble Task and a book of biographical essays on George Műller. 

Nick Spencer TAGNick Spencer

Nick is the research director at Theos, the religion and society think tank. He is the author of several Theos reports and a number of books, including Darwin and God (SPCK, 2009), Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible (Hodder and Stoughton, 2011) and most recently Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury). Nick is visiting research fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is married to Kate and they have two children.

Paul WoolleyPaul Woolley, Council member

Paul is executive director at Bible Society. He was founding director of Theos, the public theology think tank, between 2005 and 2010. He is a non-executive director of the Oasis Trust and on the council of the Evangelical Alliance. In addition to previously working as a parliamentary researcher and directing a political unit, he has had extensive public affairs and media experience. He is married to Ruth and they have two young boys, Amos and Atticus.

Peter MordenPeter Morden

Peter Morden is a Baptist Minister and is Vice Principal (Director of Training) at Spurgeon's College, London, where he is also Director of the Spurgeon's Centre for Spirituality. Evangelical history and evangelical spirituality, and how these relate to mission and ministry today, are his main research interests and he has written a range of articles and books on these themes. These include 'Communion with Christ and his People': The Spirituality of C.H. Spurgeon (Wipf and Stock, 2014) and, most recently, a theological biography of pioneering eighteenth-century missionary statesman Andrew Fuller, The Life and Thought of Andrew Fuller (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2015).
As well as academic writing, Peter has also authored biographies of Spurgeon and John Bunyan for more general readers, published by CWR, and was historical consultant for the award winning docudrama: 'C.H. Spurgeon: The People's Preacher'. Peter is a member of the Council of BMS World Mission, is on the preaching team of Streatham Baptist Church, and regularly preaches and teaches at various churches in London and further afield. 

Peter is married to Anne and they have two children, Rachel and Joseph. To relax he spends time with family and friends and is a perennially hopeful season ticket holder at Crystal Palace FC.   


Philippa TaylorPhilippa Taylor

Philippa Taylor is head of public policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship. She is also consultant on bioethics and the family for CARE. She has an MA in bioethics from St Mary's University College and for the past twenty or so years has been speaking, writing, advising and working on a wide range of contemporary family and bioethics issues in the UK. Philippa is married to Martyn, a Church of England vicar, and they have three teenage children.

Simon McCrossanSimon McCrossan, Head of public policy

Simon is Head of Public Policy for the Evangelical Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was in full time practice as a barrister with specialisms in personal injury and employment law. Simon holds a specialist LL.M in employment law and is focused upon issues of religious liberty. Before he was called to the Bar, Simon worked as a teacher in secondary education (11-18). Moreover, he is also an experienced law lecturer having tutored both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  He enjoys most sports and walking in the country.

Steve HolmesSteve Holmes

Steve Holmes is a Baptist minister, an author and a speaker. He is senior lecturer in Theology at the University of St Andrews, where he teaches in the areas of historical and systematic theology, and also on homiletics. His research interests include evangelical Christianity, particularly its theological commitments, and Baptist theology, in both historical and contemporary expressions. Steve is also involved in a number of knowledge transfer activities, seeking to bridge the gap between the academy and the churches, particularly evangelical churches. He speaks regularly at Christian conferences and at ministers' meetings and leads church retreats. He publishes at a popular as well as an academic level, and often offers theological consultancy to Christian organisations. Steve was the chair of the Theology Advisory Group (TAG) of the Alliance until October 2016. He was also an Alliance Council member from 2009 until 2016.

Tim Ward TAGTim Ward

Tim is Tutor in Homiletics at Oak Hill College. Previously he taught at The Cornhill Training Course and also served for nine years as the vicar of Holy Trinity, Hinckley. His research interests include the doctrine of Scripture and theology of preaching. He is the author of Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God (IVP, 2009). Tim supports Birmingham City FC from a distance (it builds character) and enjoys running.