Chair of TAG: Rev Dr David Hilborn

David is principal of Moorlands College in Dorset. Prior to taking up this role, he was principal of St John’s College Nottingham from 2012 – 2018, and principal of the North Thames Ministerial Training Course and assistant dean of St Mellitus College from 2006 – 2012. David 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 led three URC congregations before joining the Church of England in 2002, and served for ten years on the CofE’s Faith and Order Commission.

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). He is a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and 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: Philippa Taylor

Philippa 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.

Members of TAG

Andrew Goddard: Andrew 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: 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: 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 Landrum: Dave 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. 

Ian Paul: Ian 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​.pse​phi​zo​.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 Taylor: Jenny is founding 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: 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 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 Taskand a book of biographical essays on George Műller.

Peter Morden: Peter is Senior Pastor of South Parade Baptist Church, a multi congregational church serving various diverse communities across north Leeds. He was formerly Vice Principal of Spurgeon’s College, London. He continues to serve Spurgeon’s as Distinguished Visiting Scholar, and is also an Associate Tutor at St Hild College, Yorkshire. 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), a theological biography of pioneering eighteenth-century missionary statesman Andrew Fuller, The Life and Thought of Andrew Fuller (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2015), and, most recently, a chapter on Evangelical Spirituality in The Routledge Research Companion to the History of Evangelicalism (London: Routledge, 2018). He has also written The Message of Discipleship: Following Jesus in Today’s World (Leicester: IVP2018).

As well as academic writing, Peter has 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’. He was happily married to Anne for 26 years before her death in 2018 following a courageous and faith-filled battle with cancer. He has two children, Rachel and Joseph. To relax he runs, walks, spends time with family and friends and is a perennially hopeful supporter of Crystal Palace FC