Faculty

At the Wilberforce Academy we are privileged to be taught by some of the world’s leading Christian thinkers and practitioners.

See below to read more about our faculty.

Andrea Minichiello Williams

Founder & CEO, Christian Concern & the Christian Legal Centre

Andrea is a barrister who has practised at all levels of the British judicial system. She pioneered the Student and Policy work of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, and went on to found Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, which have run some of the most high profile Christian freedom cases and campaigns in Europe. She is a leading analyst, campaigner and spokeswoman on issues of national importance in the moral life of the nation and as defender of Christian liberties in the parliamentary process, the justice system and the media.

Rev. Dr Joseph Boot, M.A, Ph.D

Director, Wilberforce Academy

Rev. Dr Joseph Boot (M.A., Ph.D.) is a cultural theologian, leading Christian apologist, founding pastor of Westminster Chapel in Toronto and founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC). Originally from Great Britain, he served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries for seven years as an apologist based in England and Canada. Joe has spoken all over the world and regularly addresses medical, legal, and business professionals in North America, Britain, and the Middle East and has publicly debated leading atheistic thinkers and philosophers in Canada and the United States. Joe is also a prolific author, his latest work entitled ‘Gospel Culture’ (Wilberforce Publications; 2017).

Ade Omooba

Co-Founder, Christian Concern

Ade is a social entrepreneur and public campaigner and has been in full time ministry in the UK for 30 years with a sincere heart for servant leadership.

He is a co-founder of several organisations/groups, namely; the Christian Victory Group – ICARE Projects through which he has help set up over 100 social action/inclusion projects in the last 25 years; Christian Concern (CC), a UK lobby/campaign group on public policy, and the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) addressing Christian liberty cases, National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF), a black Christian voice. He is a member of the leadership team of HOPE Together which seeks to resource and equip the Church for doing mission locally. He is also a member of the Apostolic Team of Connection Trust, a global network of churches.

Sam Solomon

Islamic Affairs Adviser, Christian Concern

Sam Solomon, a former Islamic jurist, was born and raised as a Muslim and trained in Sharia law for 15 years before converting to Christianity. He is a senior lecturer and research coordinator, a human rights activist and an adviser to British and European Parliamentarians. Sam has authored a number of thought-provoking books and articles on Christian-Muslim relations, including his recently published ‘Not the Same God’ (Wilberforce Publications; 2016).

Andrew Marsh

Campaigns Director, Christian Concern

Andrew has been Campaigns Director at Christian Concern since April 2010. His responsibilities include creating and making use of opportunities to speak of Jesus Christ in public discourse and to bring a Christian perspective on a variety of key issues (including marriage, family, human dignity and Christian freedoms), especially in the context of political, legal and media debate. His previous employers include a local church, a corporate research agency and a large multinational company.

Tim Dieppe

Head of Public Policy, Christian Concern

Tim joined Christian Concern in 2016 following a fund management career in the City of London. Tim became concerned about the increasing influence of Islam whilst working in the city, and this led to him exposing extremist links to Sharia Compliant Finance, and later refusing to run a sharia fund. He is now Head of Public Policy at Christian Concern, writing responses to Government consultations, interpreting the trends in government policy, and informing and equipping the Church to engage with cultural and political issues. Tim holds an MA (Distinction) in Kingdom Theology.

Rt Rev. Dr Michael Nazir-Ali

President, Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester, for 15 years, until 1 September 2009. He is originally from Asia and was the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England. He was appointed in 1994. Before that he was the General Secretary of CMS from 1989-1994 and the Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan. He holds both British and Pakistani citizenship and from 1999 was a member of the House of Lords where he was active in a number of areas of national and international concern. He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD).

He is the author of many books and of countless articles on Mission, Ecumenism, the Anglican Communion, and relations with people of other faiths (particularly Islam).

Daniel Strange, B.A, Ph.D

Academic Vice Principal, Oak Hill Theological College

Daniel is a Lecturer in Culture, Religion and Public Theology and Academic Vice Principal at Oak Hill Theological College, London. Daniel received his Ph.D from Bristol University which was subsequently published as ‘The Possibility of Salvation among the Unevangelised’. His speciality is in the area of Christianity’s relationship to other religions. His most recent monograph is ‘For Their Rock is Not as Our Rock: An Evangelical Theology of Religions’. Before Oak Hill, Daniel worked for UCCF, as Co-ordinator of the Religious and Theological Studies Fellowship.

Beth Grove

European Director, Pfander Centre for Apologetics

Beth Grove is the European Director of the Pfander Centre for Apologetics, a Christian research teaching ministry equipping Christians worldwide to confidently engage Islam. She has lived among Muslim immigrant communities in London for 19 years, enjoying friendship and theological discussions with close Muslim friends from many nations. She has obtained a master’s degree in Islamics, and currently teaches for the Pfander Centre, with whom she publicly engages Muslims on faith issues, so that Islam will be held accountable, and Muslims will be given the opportunity to hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr Peter Saunders

 Former Chief Executive, Christian Medical Fellowship

Peter Saunders was born in New Zealand and originally trained as a General Surgeon, before serving with the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya and completing two years mission training at All Nations Christian College in the UK. Since 1992 he has served full-time with Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, first as Student Secretary and since 1999 as Chief Executive. His current work involves leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission, writing, editing and media work. He was also Campaign Director of the Care Not Killing Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organisations in the UK promoting palliative care and opposing euthanasia. He has been a member of the ICMDA (International Christian Medical and Dental Association) Executive since 2003. He stepped down as Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship in 2018.