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2012 is proving to be an exciting time at LST. There is a new sense of God moving and blessing the kingdom building work of the School. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support, we are encouraged to report that we have successfully been awarded ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor’ status by the UK Border Agency. Other points for praise this year include celebrating a fantastic production of the classic musical GODSPELL and putting on two major public lectures from LST’s Professor Tony Lane and Professor Steve Walton, (highlights of each can be read in the latest INSIGHT magazine). LST has also welcomed new staff appointments and seen the number of student applications rise over 30% on last year’s intake. I’d like to inspire you with the words of LST student Rebekka Ziemann who graduated this summer: “From my very first day at LST I knew myself to be in

the right place at the right time doing the right thing. I loved digging deeper into theology—and I don’t think I will ever stop…” As we prepare for a new academic year, let’s give thanks for God’s faithfulness and look forward to 2013, which is LST’s 70th Anniversary.

Graham McFarlane Vice Principal Academic, London School of Theology

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Remembering Richard France at LST Dick (as he was known) came to us as VicePrincipal in 1981 and was with us some alltoo-short seven years. That was after Oxford, Anglican training and PhD at Bristol, lecturing in NT in Nigeria (69-73) and long productive association with Tyndale House, Cambridge (73-81), and before he went to be Principal at Wycliffe (Oxford:89-95): so, at very least, a colourful character. Dick came to us with two wonderful ‘credentials’: scholarship and personality. Personally he was a gentle giant, an outgoing, welcoming, entirely encouraging, genial and thoroughly Christian person,

New Staff KATE MARCHANT, CATERING MANAGER Kate’s first experience of LST was in the 1980’s when she came to join the housekeeping team for two years. Since then she has completed a catering management course at college, worked in a conference centre and a private hospital, as well as returning to LST to take up the post of Catering Manager. After a break to have two daughters Kate spent nearly ten years back at LST as library assistant. Next was a full time position in a local school as a special needs teaching assistant but she had always hoped to be able to work again at LST and felt that the job at the school was not forever. Kate said: “So I now find myself back at LST for the fourth time doing a job that I feel God has led me to and that I really enjoy!” Kate is married to Chris and has 2

while also an intellectual of considerable command. There was always an open, embracing, ready-to-laugh look on his face combined with what you knew to be depth and rigour. He deftly organised us, and left none with complaint: you could not wish for a better, more personable, senior colleague. And on engagement with wider contentious public issues, he was always Evangelically critically searching, but generous in tone. I give heartfelt thanks to God for Dr R.T. France! Max Turner

two daughters. She attends Ruislip Baptist Church and enjoys gardening and attempting to grow a few vegetables.

to be involved with LST as it continues to prepare the next generations of Christian leaders, thinkers and workers.”

LIZ COOKSON, ACADEMIC REGISTRAR Liz’s introduction to LST was at a Summer School while doing her R.E. teacher training when it was still London Bible College. After three years teaching in the UK, she moved to France and then Germany and taught in International Schools, teaching all ages from three years to adults. Other roles have included leading accreditation teams for the European Council of International Schools, Chief Operating Officer of Stewards, a Christian Social Service agency and Regional Director for Prospects, a Christian charity working with people with learning disabilities. Liz said: “I am passionate about the inclusive church – making it truly accessible to all. It is exciting

JAMIE HODGE, TRUST FUNDRAISING MANAGER Jamie is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising with a Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising Management and has worked in the sector since graduating from the University of Exeter (BA History).  He's worked for arts and education charities raising voluntary income from statutory bodies, trusts and foundations and is a Trustee of City Community Church, Exeter. Jamie has a passion for connecting people and funding bodies with the message and worldwide impact of LST. Outside of work, Jamie is probably cycling or walking in the Devon countryside with his wife who is also a fundraiser.

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Dr. Chris Knight – A wondrous journey into research Dr. Chris Knight is currently researching ‘Jerome and his critics: Reassessing St. Jerome’s Patristic Corpus (380-420) In The Light of Modern Jerome Scholarship’ at LST under the supervision of Professor Tony Lane. His journey to this point has been one of love, loss and challenge but Chris is enjoying the academic rigor of unpacking and reassessing St Jerome’s writings. The research project is the fulfillment of a wish for him to study further by his beloved wife Cherry (who died in 2008). Studying at LST is proving to be an enjoyable challenge and the work is going well. Paternoster have expressed an interest in publishing Dr. Knight’s MTh Thesis in 2016. This year has also seen Chris elected to the Tyndale Fellowship of Tyndale House – which is a global body of evangelical bible scholars

committed to scriptural truth. Along the way Chris has studied in various places including Goldsmiths College. He grew up in a non-Christian family, but became a Companion of St Francis as part of his journey of faith. His wife Cherry, who he looked after for 9 years during her battle with cancer, was the inspiration behind Chris coming to LST. Cherry told him that he needed to invest in some good theology books and study hard, and that is exactly what Chris has done. When not at LST, Dr. Knight is a guest commentator on BBC News and BBC Radio 5 Live. The journey continues…

LST Summer School ‘12 This year, our popular Summer School was expanded to include Theology, Counselling and Music & Worship. Numbers of delegates were almost double last year and the feedback has been incredibly positive. Each morning we ran through the LST Theology degree programme at a breakneck pace – each lecture was condensed to just 42 seconds! In the afternoons there were tracks from our three specialist areas: Theology, Counselling or Music & Worship. www.lst.ac.uk • Facebook: LondonSchoolofTheology • Twitter: @LSTheology

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It’s a little early for Christmas shopping but if you need a place to stay or hold a meeting when visiting London, remember you can come and stay on site at LST. Our B&B rate is only £36 per person per night. LST has ample parking facilities and easy access to central London on the Underground (Metropolitan

Line, approx. 35 minutes to Baker Street from Northwood Station.) We are less than 10 minutes walk from Northwood underground station. Later this year we will be offering delicious & affordable Christmas Dinners again too due to popular demand—why not book a trip to LST to celebrate with friends, small group or church team? Contact us for more details or to book: Email: conferences@lst.ac.uk Telephone: 01923 456148

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