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The question How then shall we live? is a perennial challenge. However, today we face a smorgasbord of challenges across the cultural spectrum. If Christ is the clue to all that is then he is the clue to how then shall we live. KLC is committed to pursuing that clue which is Christ with all the rigour we can muster. Our particular contribution is at the level of Christian scholarship across the disciplines while also making our work available at an accessible level.

Who We Are

KLC Director

Rev Dr Craig G. Bartholomew

Rev Dr Craig Bartholomew is the Director of KLC and one of the Trustees. Craig is a native South African, and a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Bristol. He is the author and editor of numerous books, and is currently working on a multi-volume project entitled “Old Testament Origins and the Question of God.” Craig is Senior Research Fellow, Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College, Bristol, and supervises doctorates through them for the University of Aberdeen. Craig loves gardening, is passionate about horses and dressage in particular, and enjoys crafts and jewellery making in particular.

Rev Dr Craig G. Bartholomew

Rev Dr Craig Bartholomew is the Director of KLC and one of the Trustees. Craig is a native South African, and a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Bristol. He is the author and editor of numerous books, and is currently working on a multi-volume project entitled "Old Testament Origins and the Question of God." Craig is Senior Research Fellow, Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College, Bristol, and supervises doctorates through them for the University of Aberdeen. Craig loves gardening, is passionate about horses and dressage in particular, and enjoys crafts and jewellery making in particular.

KLC Staff Team

Istine Swart

Istine is our executive administrator and an associate editor of The Big Picture. Having lectured in Mathematics for many years she has an excellent eye for detail, and is a lover of the arts. Contact Istine for administrative enquiries.

Rosemary Hales

Rosemary is undertaking the role of Fellows Administrator on a voluntary basis. She was previously employed by The British and Foreign Bible Society, who seconded her to work with Craig Bartholomew as the Administrative Manager for the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar. This involved a period of time working in Canada.

Jarrod Howard-Browne

Jarrod manages our IT, digital communications and media. He is an amateur permaculture enthusiast and lover of epic stories, whether told in film, literature or design. Contact Jarrod for IT and communications enquiries.

Dr Jenny Taylor

Jenny is our Research Fellow in Communication, Media and Journalism. She specialises in religious literacy and pioneered religious literacy in journalism. She has a doctorate in religion from the School of Oriental and African Studies. See her full bio and CV on our KLC Research Fellows page.

KLC Trustees

Dr David McIlroy

David McIlroy is a practising barrister, specialising in banking law. He is also Visiting Professor in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London and Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in England. As well as being Chair of Trustees for KLC, David writes and speaks widely throughout Europe on questions relating to the theology of law. In 2019, he published The End of Law: How Law’s Claims relate to Law’s Aims, and gave the 12th Richard O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture asking ‘Why can’t we stop pretending law has anything to do with justice?’ You can find out more about David and the work he does at the intersection of the Christian faith and legal practice at his website theologyoflaw.org.

Dr David Beldman

David Beldman is Associate Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University, where he has taught in the area of biblical studies for some ten years. He has published extensively on the Old Testament book of Judges, including a commentary (Eerdmans), a monograph (Eisenbrauns), and a short theological introduction for a popular audience (Lexham). He has also done research and writing on Old Testament wisdom. His current project (co-authored with Dru Johnson) is an introductory textbook on the Pentateuch (Baker Academic). Prior to embarking on his academic journey, David did an apprenticeship in the electrical trade and became a journeyman electrician. He has never abandoned his love for working with his hands, and uses them in his spare time to work on vintage motorcycles, among other things. David loves art and music, old things, podcasts, the outdoors and travel, film and fiction, and good food. David resides in southern Ontario (Canada) with his wife, Elsie, and their four kids.

Rev Dr William Olhausen

Having trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford (1995-1998), William served his title at Greyfriars Church in Reading. He went on to serve a second curacy at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge and is delighted to have a reason to visit Cambridge again as a KLC trustee! Since 2011 he has been Incumbent of St Matthias' Church, Killiney, in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Dublin.  He serves the diocese of Dublin and the wider Church of Ireland in several capacities and he is theological adviser to the Archbishop of Dublin. William was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993 as a member of Middle Temple and he was awarded a PhD in biblical hermeneutics from Liverpool University in 2007. He is married to Tanya and they have three adult children.

KLC Fellows

KLC Fellows are prominent scholars and practitioners, working in their own fields, while also part of our Research Collective in some capacity. Formal members of our Research Collective also take the name Fellow.

What We Do

Integrally Christian research at the highest levels across the disciplines oriented toward the question how then shall we live? is at the heart of KLC. KLC is home to individual scholars, Fellows in a variety of disciplines, doctoral students, and a significant network of scholars through our Scripture Collective and Research Collective.

KLC Research Collective

To embody community we need a place and a people of which, with Jesus, we can say “Come and see!” Central to KLC is our Research Collective (KRC) of interdisciplinary Christian scholars. 

The Scripture Collective

The Scripture Collective is made up of four Seminars: Scripture and Hermeneutics (SAHS), Scripture and Doctrine (SADS), Scripture and Church (SACS), and Scripture and University (SAUS). Each Seminar meets four times a year.

Resources

Among our various resources, both academic and accessible, is our newsletter Sibylline Leaves, our monthly Ethics in Conversation, our public lecture series Nuances in Public Theology, our blog Director and Friends, and our quarterly magazine The Big Picture.

Events

KLC hosts a number of events every year, including the four Scripture Collective Seminars, a variety of online webinars in our Nuances series, an Annual Gathering, and an Annual Conference in liason with our partners.

PhD Supervision

Dr Bartholomew supervises PhDs for the University of Aberdeen through Trinity College, Bristol. We want to be a place where students can pursue PhDs without having to bracket off their faith, but instead have it at the heart of their research, even as they aspire towards excellence.

Scholarships

KLC offers certain scholarships for Christian scholars conducting doctoral research in specific areas. One example is the Norman Anderson Law Award which seeks to support the doctoral research of a young or early career Christian legal scholar. For more information about the scholarships and application process, please contact us.

How You Can Get Involved

Subscribe to our KLC Community mailing list

We would love to keep you updated about our up-and-coming publications, webinars, and events. The primary way we do this is via our newsletter and mailing list. Ensure you don’t miss a thing by subscribing to our KLC community mailing list today.

Support KLC with a Donation

As a not-for-profit organisation we rely on and are deeply grateful for every one of our donors who support us financially. If you believe in our mission to foster Christian scholarship across the disciplines and do public theology practiced in community, rooted in spirituality, for the glory of God and the good of the church and world, please consider supporting us with a regular or once-off donation.

KLC Research Collective

If you are seeking a growing, supportive and generative community of scholars aiming to conduct research in their respective fields as Christians and with excellence, while also wishing to contribute to the growing work of public theology, we warmly invite you get in touch with us today.

Presentations and Publications

If you are part of the KLC Community or an interested party familiar with our ethos and work, and would like to contribute to one of our publications or make a proposal for a presentation in our Nuances series, we invite you to select the adjacent button and submit your idea.

Partnerships

KLC is deeply committed to healthy strategic partnerships, of which we have several.

BibleMesh has sponsored our Scripture Collective for several years and we have a developing relationship with them, including co-publication of our Quarterly magazine, The Big Picture.

We work with many publishers but are delighted to have a special publishing partnership with Zondervan (and BibleMesh).

KLC is healthily ecumenical and we are delighted to have a developing relationship with the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, and with the Dominicans in Cambridge and Oxford, all partners in our Annual Conference in Cambridge.

Through generous sponsorship and the provision of Rosemary Hales as a superb administrator British and Foreign Bible Society made the initial nine years of the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar possible. We are grateful for an ongoing relationship with them.

We have partnered, and continue to partner with many wonderful organisations in our various events and publications.