KLC has partnered with Union Theological College (UTC) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to supervise PhD students. UTC is a Presbyterian college with a long history of ministerial training and University-level education. It is evangelical in conviction. The College welcomes students from all backgrounds and staff come from a variety of evangelical perspectives.
Our cohort of KLC PhD supervisors – including their qualifications, locations, areas of research and the academic fields in which they supervise PhDs – are listed below. To learn more about our PhD Supervision Programme you can head over to the KLC PhD Supervision page.
To begin the application process, instructions can be found here. (Do not apply directly to UTC.)
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Research Fellow, Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College, Bristol, and supervises doctorates through them for the University of Aberdeen
PhD (Biblical Studies), Bristol University; MA (Theological Studies), Potchefstroom University
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.
Old Testament; Interdisciplinary studies;
My own studies and my ongoing engagement with academia are very much through the lens of understanding faith/life integration in the everyday. My background is with a missions organization and I currently work at a Christian Study Centre at the University of Cape Town, assisting students in better understanding how to integrate their faith with their studies in whichever field they find themselves.
Theological aesthetics (particularly in the everyday); Interdisciplinary studies (particularly with a focus on Christianity and culture); Theological anthropology (with emphases on desire, attention and embodiment).
Retired. Previously Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham (UK); Doctoral Supervisor at International Baptist Theological Study Centre (Free University, Amsterdam), The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Middlesex University, UK), The Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (Stellenbosch University), The Kirby Laing Centre (Union Theological College).
PhD, The Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; MPhil, University of London; BA, University of Cambridge; BD, University of London.
My current areas of interest are all related to Christian mission in a Western context, especially on the question of human identity in a secular, post-Christian environment, currently dominated by critical theory and hostility to Christian faith.
Mission in the West and in Latin America (I spend 12 years teaching theology in Argentina)
My research concentrates on the role of philosophy, especially epistemology, in how we read and interpret Scripture. This has given rise to particular interests in the history of philosophy, theological method, and the place of the Holy Spirit in our knowledge of God. Apart from research, I enjoy traveling, old books, and all things aviation.
Epistemology; Philosophical Theology; Systematic Theology
Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge
PhD (Theology), St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK; ThM (New Testament), Dallas Theological Seminary; BS (Applied Physics), Georgia Institute of Technology.
In addition to being the Director of the Scripture Collective for KLC, I am interested in the theology of place and placemaking, along with the implications of placemaking for the theology of mission. I have two forthcoming pieces of literature: my first book, The Place of God at the Bookends of the Bible, (forthcoming); and my first peer-reviewed article, “The Sea is No Longer (Rev 21:1c),” in Horizons in Biblical Theology (forthcoming).
Theology of Place, Placemaking, and Mission.
Although my research generally takes me into some pretty esoteric topics, I enjoy sitting with students thinking about how Christian history and the development of theology over the centuries speaks to our present, cultural moment. And if I can have that conversation over some good coffee or some spicy food, all the better. There is probably also no plane I see flying overhead that I haven’t wished that I was on.
Church history and (social) ethics
Associate Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway
PhD (Mathematics), Queen Mary University of London; MPhil (Astrophysics), Queens University of Belfast; BSc (Physics), University of Bergen.
At the moment I am studying various aspects of Einstein’s theory of gravitation. But my research interest extends to foundational aspects of quantum mechanics to the philosophy of mathematics and its history. I am chairing the KLC math hub that brings together Christian scholars in mathematics to pursue rigorous academic research on topics in mathematics and philosophy/theology of mathematics and physics.
I am interested in supervising any PhD candidates that have an interest in conducting research on philosophical and theological aspects of mathematics or physics.
Pastor, Arkansas City United Methodist Church; Executive Director, Spiritual Maturity Project
PhD (Religious Studies), Northwestern University; ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MDiv, Saint Paul School of Theology; BS, Kansas State University.
I love exploring the linkages between the intellect and the affections, especially as they apply to the relationship between Christian doctrine and discipleship. This interest involves exploring how the higher cognitive emotions influence and are influenced by the understanding, with all kinds of applications to the Christian life.
Soteriology and anthropology; John Wesley and Wesleyan thought and practice; Christian apologetics
My academic work is driven by a desire to help the church hear and respond to God’s call to become a community that participates in God’s mission of justice and mercy. To that end, and based on my experience in Christian community development work, I’m particularly interested in biblical resources for discipleship oriented towards economic and racial justice. I work at the intersection of biblical studies, theological ethics, and contemporary matters of race and class.
Old Testament ethics, particularly around issues of justice, land, law, and economic life; Economic ethics in the Bible Theological interpretation of the Old Testament
I love questions – especially questions related to how Christian faith relates to all of life. This passion has guided my own education, my ongoing research and writing, and my practical work of mentoring students. I enjoy reading, photography, homemaking, spending time traveling to see my adult children, and supporting my spouse’s psychotherapy practice.
Abraham Kuyper and the neo-calvinist/Reformational tradition, Ecclesiology (the place and role of the church in society), Christian worldview/cosmology, Theological anthropology and vocational discernment, “Death of God” theology and Christian witness within secularism/diversity, Hermeneutics/Biblical interpretation (New Testament)