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KLC Research Fellows

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Benjamin Nicka

Associate Fellow

Ben Nicka is studying theological ethics in a masters program at the University of Aberdeen. His studies are motivated by 17 years in mergers and acquisitions consulting, primarily in New York City. Presently, he is exploring options for Ph.D. research into the ethics of finance. His research project uses an intellectual history of index funds to inform a theological reconceptualization of investing and aims to invigorate the act of investing through its re-moralization, resisting the prevailing moral anaemia. He holds a master of arts in religion from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has a lively and lovable ten-year-old son.

Dr Matthew Ng, MD, PhB

Associate Fellow

Matthew Ng, MD, PhD is a physician and a theologian with an interest moral, public, and systematic theology. He completed a BA in Religious Studies and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia. His theological training includes a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary and a PhD in theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The title of his dissertation was “The Church’s Social Witness in a Secular and Pluralistic Age: A Refinement of Richard John Neuhaus’s Public Theology Using the Thought of Abraham Kuyper and Lesslie Newbigin.” His writing has appeared in Themelios, Providence, and he contributed a chapter on Charles Taylor in The History of Apologetics: A Biographical and Methodological Introduction (Zondervan, 2020).

Dr Temitope Abisoye Noah

Associate Fellow

Temi is a scholar of Germanistics who works across disciplines such as Africana Studies, Religious studies, and Film studies. Since her doctoral dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Luther, her research has been focused on theology and German thought from the 16th century to the present, as well as on neurodiversity and disability. Her latest project is aimed at thinking theologically about autism, assessing ways in which autism is understood by the church, and discovering ways in which the experiences of autistic people interact with gospel culture. When she is not pursuing academic research or training in church ministry, she enjoys pastoral care and currently serves a neurodiverse congregation in North London.

Dr Ben David Normann

Associate Fellow

Dr. Normann is a lecturer of physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He holds a phd in mathematical cosmology, which, alongside astrophysics, is his current field of research. You will often find Ben running in the woods with a podcast in his ear. He also enjoys dissemination of science to the general public. And coffee.

Dr Mikael Normann

Associate Fellow

Dr Mikael Normann (FRAS, PhD, MPhil) is an associate professor at the South-Eastern University of Norway. His current research involves the study of Einstein’s theory of gravitation. He is also interested in the interplay between mathematics and theology and the foundations of mathematics. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Group at KLC. He is married to Sarah and they have two beautiful children together. When the days are dreary and the mind full, he particularly likes to do photography (normannphotography.org) and play the piano.

Dr Brandon J. O'Brien

Associate Fellow

Brandon is Director of Content Development and Distribution for Redeemer City to City. In this role he has the privilege of serving local churches by serving pastors, of researching and writing, of preaching and teaching, and of helping discover and develop incredible contributors from all around the world. His own writing focuses on the significant influence of “cultural discipleship” (often unconscious) that takes place prior to and continues during our intentional Christian discipleship and that can compromise our formation as Christ followers. He has authored, co-authored and edited several books including Not From Around Here (Moody, 2019), Demanding Liberty (IVP, 2018), Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes (IVP, 2012).

Kevin O'Donnell

Dr Kevin J. O'Donnell

I am a Catholic priest, a former, an experienced teacher, and an author. I should add, I suppose, ‘and a dreamer’. I headed the Faculty for Personal and Spiritual Development (RE/PSHE) in a large Secondary school in the 1990s, worked in parish ministry, have written several educational resources for Hodder, and non-fiction for Lion (such as The Pocket Guide to the Bible and the Access Guide to Postmodernism). I have also dabbled in screenplays and writing children’s stories such as The Green Dromedary and the Magic Paint. I had to leave parish ministry owing to ill health and now live between France and the UK. I am a priest of the Diocese of Arundel&Brighton, though acting as a ‘chapelain auxiliaire’ in the beautiful basilica and pilgrim centre of Notre Dame de Pontmain, assisting the missionary religious order, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, with anglophone visitors. 

Pontmain is a little village in the north of France, only about an hour and a half drive from the port of Caen, Ouistreham. Here I find great peace after going through a very difficult time. Making that personal journey, though, has shaken things and opened up new ways. I have more time to write and study now. I completed a Doctorate at St Mary’s University, Twickenham recently on the French philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva. I am developing a model of exploring spirituality in my ‘BE IN TOUCH – to Wonder, to Feel, to Share’ project and have begun by a focus on Health Care with the little book, ‘Just a Touch of Love’. I am always a little but out of the box. I am a married Catholic priest as I am a former ordained Anglican. There are very few of us in France but welcomed with affection and understanding. I know the loving support of my wife Gill and we have three adult boys who are all creatives in their own ways. One is guitarist who has played at Ronnie Scots in London and has headlined with up-and-coming bands. One is an excellent organiser and product designer. Then there is the photographer and Greenpeace activist.

Rev Dr William Olhausen

Rev Dr William Olhausen

Associate Fellow

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.

Sara Osborne

Sara Osborne

Associate Fellow

Sara Osborne currently serves as Assistant Professor of English and Director of Classical Education at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO, and is the sometimes-homeschooling mother of four classically educated children. Prior to her current post, Sara taught ESL at the University of Louisville and launched the ESL program at the University of the Cumberlands. Alongside her husband Rusty, Sara has lived and adventured with her family on three continents, where they have served as missionaries engaged in theological education. When she isn’t teaching in the classroom or at home, Sara enjoys trail running, fly fishing, and writing for a variety of venues on topics such as education, composition, theological reflections on literature, nature, and travel. Sara has a particular interest in connecting everyday realities to theological truths through the medium of writing. Her most recent project is the book Reading for the Long Run: Leading Struggling Students into the Reading Life.

David Parish

Associate Fellow

Former British Airways Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. In retirement I research and write about transport and the my theological interest is in the intersection of faith and work.

Dr Shane Parker

Associate Fellow

Shane Parker, PhD, currently serves as Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Ministries, and Director of Online Learning, at Southwestern Seminary, in Fort Worth, TX. He has pastored churches in multiple states in the US, while also serving on faculty and in academic administration in two seminaries before coming to Southwestern. Parker is the co-author of Transformission: Making Disciples through Short-term Missions (B&H Academic, 2010), The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans (Christian Focus, 2019), and Leading from the Foundation Up: How Fearing God Builds Stronger Leaders (RHB, 2023). He has also contributed reviews and articles to the Christian Educational JournalPuritan Reformed Journal, and the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry. He actively participates in both the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Professors in Christian Education, and he is a part of the Hub for Innovative Pedagogy.

Dr Amy Peeler

Associate Fellow

Amy Peeler is the Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College and a priest in the Episcopal Church (USA). Her research focuses on the Epistle to the Hebrews and the theology of embodiment and gendered language in the New Testament. She is author of a commentary on Hebrews in the Commentaries for Christian Formation Series (Eerdmans, 2024), Women and the Gender of God (Eerdmans, 2022), Hebrews: An Introduction and Study Guide, with Patrick Gray (T&T Clark, 2020), and “You Are My Son”: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews (T&T Clark, 2014). In addition to time with family and friends, her hobbies include running, CrossFit, and hiking in the Scottish highlands.

Dr Jordan Pickering

Associate Fellow

Dr Jordan Pickering is an Old Testament scholar specialising in Genesis and Hebrew narrative. His PhD approaches the question of Sarah’s unresolved covenantal status in Genesis 17 the long way around, attempting to establish the theme of the book as a whole, and then evaluating arguments about Sarah’s place in the light of the larger theme. He is the author of two works of public theology, “Troubled Waters: A fresh look at baptism and why we argue” and “Turn Neither Right Nor Left: Re-centering evangelicalism”. Jordan has worked as a biblical-studies lecturer, a campus-ministry worker, and a graphic designer, and is now KLC’s director of media. Jordan is an occasional oil painter in his spare time.

Dr Dennae Pierre

Associate Fellow

Dennae Pierre is one of the co-Directors for the Crete Collective and leads the Surge Network in Arizona. She also serves as one of the Co-Directors for City to City North America. She has her MA from Covenant Theological Seminary and DMin from Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan) and is the author of Healing Prayers to Resist a Violent World. Dennae is married to Vermon, the lead pastor at Roosevelt Community Church, a multi-ethnic church in downtown Phoenix and they have four very fun children.

Dr Jacquelynn Pleis

Associate Fellow

Dr. Jacquelynn Pleis is a KLC Fellow and a member of the Hub of Innovative Pedagogy. Her career in education spans over 20 years of public and private education in preschool through higher education. She is from Iowa, USA and currently lives in South Carolina where she is an Assistant Professor at Charleston Southern University preparing future educators. Her research interests include innovative pedagogy, faculty professional development, and teaching with a Christian Worldview. Jacquelynn is an active member of St. James United Methodist Church and loves to craft, read, and play board games with her husband and their two boys.

Jonathan Prosser

Associate Fellow

Jonathan Prosser is a social entrepreneur and corporate innovation leader. His track record is of serial innovation and developing teams in both commercial and social impact settings: from Fortune 500s, to start-ups, and NGOs. The common themes in his work are taking ventures from idea stage through to results, and coaching others to do so as well. He has taught at leading universities, where he brings his industry experience into the classroom. His coaching experience is broad: from executives to students, in business, social innovation, and in sport. He is Director of Innovation Lab at Compassion UK, an NGO addressing child poverty. His wider contributions are as the Founder of NGO PaxHax which engages youth to address barriers to peace through design and innovation, a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and an Official Member of the Forbes Non-Profit Council, a by-invitation group of chief executives and senior leaders. He holds an MA from the University of St Andrews where he majored in international relations, and an MS from Babson College Graduate School of Business in management – advanced entrepreneurial leadership. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Anthropological Institute in recognition of his work (FRSA, FRAI).