Ben joined Cliff College in Sep 2012 from Mattersey Hall where he was head of Postgraduate Studies.
After an initial career as a full-time artist, Ben worked as an administrator for the Ministry of Defence for a number of years, as well as completing his theological education and being an adjunct lecturer in a number of colleges in UK and India. Ben’s PhD was entitled ‘Power in the Blood: The Significance of the Blood of Jesus to the Spirituality of Early British Pentecostalism and its Precursors’.
He lives in Nottingham with his wife Pearl and three children: Abigail, Gracie and Reuben, where they attend the Eagle’s Nest Church, which is a church that attracts people with little or no Christian background. Ben serves there in preaching and teaching. In that setting he is also collaborating with a recovery expert to deliver a brand new Seven Step recovery programme for addictions and other problem behaviours and is a regular blogger.
Here at Cliff, Ben has taught a broad spread of subjects but has now begun taking on more and more New Testament subjects in response to a sense that he is being called to return to his first love: the Scriptures. He also teaches (and writes) in the areas of the arts, philosophy, discipleship and leadership. His current research interests are mainly in Pentecostal and Charismatic theology and in the theology of the atonement. Two recent books, both published by Wipf and Stock, are The Old Rugged Cross: A History of the Atonement in Popular Christian Devotion, and Bold Faith: A Closer Look at the Five Key Ideas of Charismatic Christianity.
Approaches for research supervision in Pentecostal Studies or in anything atonement related would be welcomed. Once he has enhanced his publishing record in New Testament Studies, his desire is to also be able to offer supervision in this area too.