Calvin Samuel to head up LST in 'challenging as well as exciting times for the Church'

The London School of Theology (LST) has announced that the Revd Calvin T Samuel BA MBA PhD will be the next Principal of LST.

Dr Samuel is currently Director of the Wesley Study Centre, Durham, and Academic Dean of St John's College within the University of Durham. His previous appointments include New Testament Lecturer at Spurgeon's College in London and Chaplain to Farrington’s School in Kent.

Grant Masom, Chair of the LST Board welcomed Calvin:

“This is a significant appointment and we are very pleased to announce that, following an extensive search process over the past six months, the LST Trustees have invited Calvin to join and lead the School forward. The plan is for Calvin to take up the post at the beginning of January 2017 when he finishes his current role as Academic Dean at St John’s College, Durham University.

"For almost 80 years LST has been the leading and largest interdenominational evangelical theological college in Europe, and we look forward to this new chapter in delivering first choice theological education with Calvin at the helm.”

Calvin brings with him a wealth of experience, including previous roles as Assistant Director of Research and Faculty Administration at London Business School, and Visiting Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester.

Dr Samuel said: “I am excited to take the role of Principal at one of the world’s leading centres of theological study and training within a global city. I look forward to further developing the excellent work being done there, especially as LST grows its international reach through cutting edge online study options in addition to its life-changing on-campus theological education.

"These are challenging as well as exciting times for the Church and LST is uniquely placed to resource and inspire those who will lead, guide and shape not just the Church of today but the next generation also.”

Born in Barbados and raised in Antigua before coming to Britain to study for a BA in Theology and Pastoral Studies at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, Dr Samuel went on to complete an MBA at Manchester Business School before pursuing PhD research at King’s College London.

Calvin is a Methodist minister and is married to Ramona who is also an ordained Methodist. His interests outside of work include blogging and Formula 1 (watching not driving). He has research interests in holiness in Scripture and in Wesleyan tradition.

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