by Julian Mann, Anglican Ink:
There are a fair few ‘directors’ among the contributors to the latest journal from north London conservative evangelical theological college, Oak Hill. The articles in its Commentary are of a very high quality, especially the piece of Bible teaching on the book of Job by Eric Ortlund, who lectures in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew.
Oak Hill, which provides theological training for both Anglican and independent evangelical ministers, seems to be thriving under the joint leadership of Johnny Juckes and Dan Strange. Mr Juckes drew criticism after he became president of Oak Hill in 2017 because of his lack of a theology doctorate and because of the suspicion that he got the job through alleged ‘old school tie’ connections from his involvement in the Iwerne camps and St Helen’s Bishopsgate in the City of London.
But Mr Juckes has made a smart move in letting former vice-principal and now director of college, Dan Strange, get on with leading the academic side and himself getting on with what he is very good at, namely the administration and practical management of the college as well as being a godly senior pastor to the staff and students.
If he can refrain from ‘Iwernising’ Oak Hill in terms of staff appointments, trustees and visiting speakers, Mr Juckes can, the Lord willing, continue to defy his critics.